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Date Posted: 13:26:55 01/02/10 Sat
Author: Kelsey
Subject: Things to look for
In reply to: Molly 's message, "Found a PB Friesian gelding" on 13:16:04 12/28/09 Mon

The first thing that pops to my head from reading that description is that you should have him x-rayed. An older Friesian for that price would make me think he could have some joint issues, OCD or arthritis maybe. (Friesians can certainly get along fine at casual competition and pleasure riding with some mild OCD or arthritis, but besides always being good to check, it can be an added expense if a horse ends up needing regular treatments.)

Also, a history of her ownership/use of him and where she bought him, and if you visit, a riding demonstration. I've known people to import horses sight unseen, who were advertised at a certain training level, and then, either because of a low confidence rider, or false advertising of the horse's training, don't get used for three or four years before being sold at a low price due to frustration.

That situation can go both ways as far as you are concerned. You could get a great deal on a horse that just hasn't had a rider to match his abilities/energy, or a horse that managed some second level work with an experienced rider on his back, but really doesn't have a clue what he's doing.

OR.. everything could be exactly as it seems to be, and you have a wonderful horse at a great price waiting for you! ;o)

(I hope it's that last one.)
Let us know how it goes!

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