So I've just been thinking about this today because like ten minuets ago I calculated my mare's age based on an old vet report, and instead of being 18-19 she's about 22-23. As much as I'm hoping that the vet or I was wrong at the time we did it I don't hold out much hope for that. She's in perfect health and I'm not putting too much stock into her age because she's done just fine with her activity level, etc (maybe I'll have our new vet age her). But it made me think more than ever about my next horse because like it or not I will eventually lose her.
Since I was injured 5 months ago I was thinking about getting something that I could finish my way (because there are certain things I need it to do), not too old and possibly carrying emotional baggage around. So I would like some advice. (Please note that I'm not going to go and buy the first horse I see, because I am in college and am not entirely stupid to put myself in that position
all this is in supposition that I have the funds to support the horse and the grades to do so).
There's a horse in training where I was working that fits everything I need: young, smart, tall, good hearted, could do anything I throw at him. He does have some conformation faults but honestly I'm willing to overlook those. The major thing is though that he needs work, is a kicker, and I'm not sure if I could turn him into a trustworthy trail horse. My trainer said in passing that if I ever wanted to buy him I should work with him to see if he would work out, and that she'd give me the opportunity.
However, there's another horse at my barn who's about 6-8 (and a bit pricey) who I think would be another good candidate. She is a bit shorter than I would have liked, but I know for a fact that I could make her into a great trail/AP horse, and throw anything at her without her flinching, and finish her out my way.
So just as a question, which would you chose? I've just been thinking and trying to educate myself on horse buying because like it or not I'm going to be in that market eventually.
Also: What do you look for in a young potential horse? I've already got in mind what I'll eventually need but when you go to look how do you asses that?