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teamfire 09-17-2011 04:27 AM

Another potential horse
Hi there,

I'm back again for more opinions on another potential horse.

This next one seems to check off all my requirements-- except he is on the older side. He is a 19 year old Hanoverian, shown to 4th level dressage and ready to compete prix st george. He is not spooky (has even herded sheep!), good on trails and is completely healthy and sound. Obviously, I don't need one so schooled, but I did want a horse more highly schooled than me. A schoolmaster, if you will.

He has a very kind temperament, and very very patient. He is the most advanced horse I'd ever hopped on (the owner encouraged me to use his double bridle so that was a first for me! But he did assure me he rides perfectly in a regular snaffle and offered to pull off the second rein if I felt too uncomfortable) but I felt as if this horse took care of me. Totally messed up on the ride, but I didn't feel completely out of my league, and although a lot of my aids were confusing, the horse was patient and relaxed through it all. He was also happy enough doing simple things like multiple 'boring' circles.

Considering all that, would you still shy away from a 19 year old? Also, this would be my first horse and I'm still fairly new to the riding world, with only three years under my belt.

Also, what would you pay for him? I already gave my potential offer, but I am curious.

I do have a vid with me on him, but it was such a terrible ride for me, I'm hesitant, but I will if you think it will help.

equinesalways 09-17-2011 10:31 AM

I'd like to see all the videos you have, but I think you would be lucky to start off with a horse like this. I wouldn't let age scare you too much, but I would expect to get a price break. Whatever years he has left, he has a lot to teach you and you will learn so much. As they do get older, they have a harder time keeping up a full time job and showing (not so much the upper levels but the FEI tests can be strenuous), but that doesn't mean you can't still ride, practice, and learn. How much competing do you plan on doing and at what levels? Does he need any maintenance? Is he currently showing?

AllegroAdante 09-17-2011 10:45 PM

I wouldn't necessisarily let his age scare you off...alot is going to depend on what you want him to do and any medical issues he may have now that would limit his ability to do so.

My first horse (after out growing my pony) was 22 when I got him (granted I was 8 and my mom wanted something that would take care of me. I had him for 10 wonderful years, and was able to ride for 9 of them before he had to be put down. He'd had a fairly rough life before I got him and we really only did trail riding, but other than arthritis, which only really bothered him in the winter, he was pretty healthy.

teamfire 09-17-2011 11:27 PM

I didn't upload all the vids I took as my internet isn't too fast, but these are the videos I did upload:
I'm not really wanting to compete at all, actually. I'm interested to getting myself skilled up to as high as I can go, but aside from maybe an occasional local show, not very often at all.

He's completely healthy and sound. Not on any supplements of any kind, simply eats local hay and oats. Owner assures me he's very easy to take care of. He hasn't shown recently, but sometime in the past year, I think it was. But he is being sold as a horse ready to compete.

Clementine 09-18-2011 02:58 PM

The age shouldn't be an obstacle if he truly is sound & healthy. Have you had him vet checked? If not - DO SO BEFORE YOU BUY HIM. I would especially recommend getting X-rays of his knees, hocks, & stifles. These are usually the areas you will see arthritis.

There are a lot of things to consider when buying an older horse. What will you do with him when he needs to be retired? Will you be able to afford to keep him & a current riding horse?

Other than that, he looks like a fabulous, fun horse to learn on. In my area, I'd say he'd be worth between $10k-15k with all that training.

Wallaby 09-18-2011 03:24 PM

He looks and sounds really nice!

I agree with the previous posters, don't let his age scare you off!
For instance, my first and only horse is currently 26. I got her when I was 17 and she was 23. Basically, the only things I do differently with her than I'd do with a younger horse are that I blanket her 24/7 during the winter and I make sure that I keep her in shape. She's also pasture kept 24/7 which I think contributes to her healthiness seeing as how she can move around as much as she wants. She has a little stiffness in her back legs, one worse than the other, but 2000mg of glucosamine+chondroiton a day pretty much takes care of that. I still ride her regularly as well. We don't do a ton of fast anything because we're just trail riders but she has no problem kicking it into high gear whenever I want.

I think older horses are totally worth it. They're generally so thankful just to have someone love them, at least my mare is. :)

teamfire 09-18-2011 06:48 PM

Oh, will definitely be doing a vet check!

So going to pursue him! =D Am very excited.

Dreamcatcher Arabians 09-18-2011 08:42 PM

A good thorough vet check is the first thing, then you make an offer. I would pop the extra money for the X-rays, at 19 they would show significant changes. DRUG TEST!!! Don't be too trusting. If he passes a vet check and drug test, I'd buy him in a minute. What are they asking? That can also be an indicator of possible problems, if his price is too good to be true then there's probably a reason.

All the cautions aside, for your level and what you want to do, he sounds ideal if he can pass all the tests.

equinesalways 09-18-2011 11:55 PM

I like him even more after seeing the other videos.

tinyliny 09-19-2011 12:37 AM

Wow. Smooth as silk. What a joy it must be to ride a horse like that. I have never ridden a horse that nice.

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