Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Nope. A former barrell racer will spook you, too.
Start calling barns to look for local trainers. See who knows an owner with a been there/done that horse that is, but not limited to:
(1) too old (15-20 yo finished horses are GREAT confidence builders)
(2) too short
(3) too tall--yes, Virginia, that happens, too
(4) not fast enough
(5) can't jump high enough
(6) wrong color--MANY Breeding Stock paints get sold bc of this...like my excellent KMHSA mare!
(7) can't do my sport. Many horses can't progress and the owner is making rapid progress, so they need a better horse for their sport.
All of these reasons make a really good, multiple 100's of hours under saddle in training, ridden by many people, trailored everywhere, given shots and wormed often, and used to being trimmed/shod, horse for the beginner. The horse will also appreciate the slower schedule.
Do NOT buy a former cutting, reining, barrel or racehorse bc all of them might be great saddle horses but their engines run hard and fast and they won't understand WHY you don't like this. =D