Getting (re)started: buying a horse 30 yrs after selling last one (long)
Hello - This is my first post! I started riding in middle school, leased a horse in high school, and bought an 18-year-old QH/TB mare in college. At that point I had been taking dressage lessons regularly. By the time I got my mare (I started out leasing her) I decided to start jumping. All of this was pleasure riding. I had no aspirations to compete. Kimchi loved jumping, but she was very colicky. She was sound, would spook when a deer crossed our path on trails or in the ring. She was not the easiest to bathe or saddle, but in all, she was a great horse. Ultimately I decided to get a younger horse, but that didn't happen because I had to give up riding.
Fast forward 30 years and I am now in a position to get back into riding regularly. I spent a great deal of time looking for the right instructor and barn. My first concern was to see what I remembered and how I handled a horse that wasn't bulletproof. I started dressage lessons about two months ago. To date I have tried two instructors and three horses -- all very different. I could handle the horses just fine, but my riding/leg signals are rusty. I'm still good at grooming but need more practice saddling.
All that to say, I'm trying to sort out what might be a good horse for me. I have no plans to buy immediately, but am browsing just in case something comes along. Here's what I've liked so far: not much. There is a gelding that piques my interest, but I'm wondering if he'd be more work/trouble than he's worth. A little about him: 7-yr-old TB. Originally intended as a race horse. The owner died not long after he was born so he was gelded and put out to pasture for roughly five years. The current owner (seller) bought him, trailered him about 700 miles to her home town. She started riding him but shortly after had to move and couldn't take the horse. About a month ago he completed 30 days of training. She describes him as surprisingly quiet for a TB, affectionate, easy to catch, and sound. She said he is trained but would need another 30 days to be considered finished. She was preparing him for eventing.
Now, I'm wondering if a horse like that is worth my time considering. I don't have a problem putting another 30-60 days of training on a horse while I continue lessons, but wonder if my current experience warrants a more experienced horse. My intention is to ride 3-4 times a week and continue with lessons 1-2x times a week.
I have not seen the horse yet. He is a four-hour drive away. I have asked to speak to the trainer to get a better sense of the horse's training and temperament.
Should I run or is a horse like this worth considering?
Last edited by Pearl5; 09-05-2017 at 02:00 PM.
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