So, where do I begin? I am new to horses I have a miniature horse and a pony on my property that I care for but not financially responsible for. I brush, bathe, clean, feed, and so on. Being around them makes me feel like I am cut out to care for and maintain my own horse. I have taken a few riding lessons and still need some work in that area. ANYWAY! I went to meet this horse at a rescue center yesterday. His name is Bravo, he is deemed to be a perfect horse for beginners horse as he once worked at a summer camp for children (some with special needs). His description states:
Hello my name is Bravo, I am a 15 year old, 15 hand Buckskin Dun, Quarter Horse Gelding. I used to be a kids camp horse so I am very friendly, love attention and have a puppy dog personality. I get along great with kids, adults, dogs, and other horses. I would make a good beginners or kids horse as I am very respectful and careful with my rider. I walk, trot, and, canter, with ease and striive to please with everything that is asked of me. I have mostly been a camp and trail riding horse but have plenty of get up and go and desire to go in other directions as well. I do not spook and am good with dogs, traffic , motorcycles, etc. I love to get out and go places and I ride, trailer, tie, clip, and have great ground manners. I have had lots of various natural training including Clinton Anderson Natural Horsemanship training.
Adoption Fee Only $2,800.00
Bravo let me ride him bareback, he was very gentle and a bit lazy.. The trainer said he was extremely docile and not spooky. The trainer went as far as tugging his tail, crawling underneath him, rubbing his legs and nose, standing on his back. Bravo didn't mind at all.
I spoke with a knowledgeable horse friend of mine and she said she could tell from the photo that his left front knee looked really bad and it was going to cost me major vet bills in the future. How should she know that from a photo I asked myself? he seemed solid when I met him and rode him.
She said that he was way too expensive at $2,800 especially because he doesn't come with papers. All the horses I have found to be priced right around there...
I guess what I am asking you guys is, in your opinion, DO YOU THINK I SHOULD BUY HIM?
If I do, I would have a my trainer come to my property and have her teach me riding lessons with him. Is that the way to go? or should I wait to purchase and continue my lessons? I am very much attached to Bravo since yesterday he is all I have been thinking about. I was up all night doing research because of him.
Forum will not let me post attachments but here is his posting, He is the 5th horse down. Can someone tell me if he has a bad left knee judging from his photos? Southern California Horse Services with Natural Horsemanship
Also, I don't not plan to run him. I just want a family horse who doesn't mind nice slow walks on the beach with the occasional canter.