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Date Posted: 16:47:19 01/09/10 Sat
Author: Molly
Subject: Update on the gelding
In reply to: Kelsey 's message, "Things to look for" on 13:26:55 01/02/10 Sat

>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!

I went to go and see the gelding. He is about 100 pounds overweight but moved out well, loaded onto a trailer and off we went to an indoor arena. Off the trailer into the arena- moved out, no stiffness. Owner rode him first, he was very willing and ears pricked forward. Didn't move a muscle with all the things being thrown down & moved around him. I then got to ride him- super willing, definitely knows stuff. I just played around, he is so incredibly balanced could canter a small circle with no apparant effort. Shoulder-in, half-pass, I could just think what I wanted... very responsive. dropped the reins and turned him with my seat. What a super guy!

His story: the owner has had him for 4 years. She got him from a farm in Virginia. She is going off to college and he just isn't a top level competitor horse. He already campaigned in his youth and she does not want him to go back to that. She wants him to go to a home where he can trail ride and not be pushed into upper level dressage as he doesn't have that ability- he's a solid second level though. She had a higher price but the people looking were wanting to compete him, move him up, wanted more fancy Friesian action, etc. So she dropped his price to find him a nice horsey home- mine!

I am excited... so glad it wasn't a scam. I put a deposit down and will be getting him x-rayed. He rides, drives, super calm, super safe. He doesn't have the big long Friesian hair- I hope he can grow his mane and tail out when I bring him to my home, but it may be that it just doesn't grow well for him. Any suggestions are welcomed.

What I liked about him was how safe, willing, and balanced he was. So fun to ride- not like anything I have ever ridden before.
It's really a dream come true for me. He is going to have a fun home here- trail riding and occasional showing. He'll be able to live like a horse. And I'll have to work to get his weight down and keep him at a good weight. That is always the challange of easy keepsers, isn't it?

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