I just got back an e-mail response that I admit bothered me. The prospect is a 4 year old dutch warmblood...nice mover, green with only three weeks under saddle but already able to WTC..he has excellent potential for dressage. Vids show a calm horse even with a timid rider.
Now, when I first inquired about the horse I told the owner up front what I was looking for and my abilities vs nerves. She had the trainer e-mail me and we also e-mailed back and forth. Now, the horse's ad indicated he was 16.3 at 4, so I am thinking two more years of growth he'll mature to maybe 17.1..however, the trainer says he is at 17.3, though well balanced for his size, which means a probable 18+ at full maturity..a little large for my taste.
So, I explain this to the owner, who had e-mailed me with a few more tidbits, letting her know my concern over the horse's eventual height. After all, if I am nervous over how big he is I am certainly not going to be able to bring him to his full potential. I let her know I had other horses scheduled to look at this week a little further along in training and that I would keep the horse in mind and I would let her know.
She responds back with a rather, I thought, snippy reply, about how wonderful he is and that no horse she knows has ever come so far in just three weeks training and how she will, somehow, manage to train him herself and in a month he will be a different horse..the last line though is what got me, she says..."I will leave you alone and not bother you anymore..."
My thought to that was, would it be worse to waste your time by my going out to see a horse that may not suit rather than being up front about my concerns? Not my fault the height was misrepresented in an ad posted only three days prior to my initial e-mail.
OK, rant (probably over nothing :) ) over.