Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
For a child your daughters age - no I wouldn't buy that horse
He's a good size and not as bulky as I expected a Canadian x to be and quiet is good but your daughter's a good little rider that wants to do some showing classes on her own horse and I don't see that one excelling at that job. He might be good on the trails but as her confidence grows so will her ambitions to do more challenging things and I think she'd soon get dissatisfied with him.
I've had older horses and ponies that were still competitive in their 20's but they'd always been competitive and when those senior years came on them we were thinking about winding them down a bit plus even the healthiest older horses can suddenly get struck down by conditions more associated with increasing age like Cushings and arthritis and you are more likely to find yourself with a horse that isn't up to what you want him for than if you buy something younger that she can grow and improve with