Thank you for the comments on my last post. I know it was somewhat pointless to ask for opinions with bad photos. I don’t know why I bothered posting it, really. I’m just getting distracted because I haven’t really ridden Brumby for two months. So when a cute gelding paid me some attention I was flattered, lol. [Yes, I thought we would be back to work but he plateaued for quite awhile. The farrier was out yesterday so we’ll see if there are any changes.] It's good practice for owning - paying a fortune for something I can't do anything with, lol.
I guess I was hoping that some of the flaws that I’m not seeing could be pointed out so that I notice them too and see if I find the same thing in person. I hoped enough would be evident even though he is immature and the pictures aren’t good. I can’t really tell what is lack of maturity and what will stay “weird”. Maybe it’s not possible. Oh well.
It doesn’t really matter, there will be a lot of time and try-outs before I settle on a horse. There are plenty out there with good temperaments, I’m sure. Soundness and a good “fit” are most important to me in the sense that it can be harder and take longer to assess them. But realistically I will not end up with a conformationally perfect horse and I am trying to learn what flaws can be managed and which I should consider deal breakers.
I know I should be looking for something older and well-started that I can enjoy right away. But then, I’ve enjoyed working with a green-ish horse too. I agree completely that the money spent would be equal, if not more! I think the temptation is there generally (not just for this guy) because I worry more about acquiring a horse that is trained “badly” than one that is a blank slate.
I am in no rush to find something. At this point, I think my time frame for purchase is about one year, give or take. I think it is worthwhile doing these little ‘thought experiments’ as practice. Reminds me of when we started looking at houses to buy – at first we looked at a bunch that we were quite sure we wouldn’t want just so we would start to know what we DID want. Does that make sense? Besides, these types of opportunities could lead to a lease situation that would allow me to assess the horse over a longer term, so I’m keeping my eyes open early. You never know!
I SO need to ride! Oh well, I’m off to reunite with friends from Grad school in Toronto this weekend and have some much-needed fun! See ya next week!