She trains and competes in English and Western, is sound, knows leg, hand and voice commands. The person selling her said she bought her from a breeding farm. The mare's filly was sold for nearly $5000. The mare ended up as a brood mare because she was kicked in the shoulder and her serious show career ended.
The price is reasonably low ($2700) because the horse is highly trained but may develop arthritis.
I've seen this mare's pedigree, a photo from her show days, and two videos -- one with a 10-yr-old and another with a more experienced woman. I am going to see this horse tomorrow. If the seller or someone else doesn't ride the horse, I will leave. If I like the horse, I'll spend a few days sleeping on it before asking my instructor to see the horse.
My biggest concern is whether the horse is/remains sound when I start jumping. My understanding from something I read is the seller and I could sign a contract indicating I could return the horse if (s)he came up lame within a month. This would be on top of the PPE. We shall see. If it doesn't seem right I'll keep looking.
So...I left the parts that to me are so very important...
First off...breed showing is very different that showing in USEF divisions..
Beware and be aware of the differences in what a horse looks like in movement and needs as it is, and can be different.
The mare was retired from showing because of a injury to her shoulder...that may still be a very large issue.
If the horse could of had some down time and recovered to return to the ring...it would of been done.
Think again very seriously of what that statement made means potentially... PPE, you bet
and knowing shoulder injury I would be doing at a university where xrays of not common body parts can be done.
As for her pedigree...to me...who cares as you can't ride it.
Unless you plan on breeding, raising a Morgan horse that piece of paper has no merit to me.
You need to find a horse regardless of registered or not that can do the job you want...
A "show horse" now brood mare is not
a trail horse and I read nothing about this horse doing trails as a steady dependable mount.
You need to look to buy a horse that meets your needs and wants now...
You can always sell and "upgrade" to another horse as your skills return and you are truly jumping 3' fences or above...that is not just any horse!
Honestly, that shoulder injury taking that horse out of her true career of showing would concern me greatly. That is a significant injury...arthritic changes may happen is probably a understatement.
I would be questioning and wanting full disclosure from the owner and the vet what if any maintenance is being done to keep the horse "sound" now...
Do they even know what the extent of the injury was?
Were they told, did they ask what was so serious the horse no longer could do her job in the show ring...
The fact the family has other horses but no need for this one for a 10 year old rider who comes from a riding family also makes me think.... Don't go alone and do go with a real open mind to what this horse is and does
...look with your brain, then your eyes and keep a tight rein on your heart and emotions. Take that instructor with you
...that instructor can evaluate you astride, while taking some minor instruction and seeing if you are a "working match" or not..
In fact, your instructor should know of horses in your area, in your price range that fit what you need and what you want...have you asked?
... jmo... jmo...