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Date Posted: 21:52:47 04/03/12 Tue
Author: Kat
Subject: Should I buy this Friesian gelding?/What to look for when considering purchasing a Friesian

Hello,

I am new to the Friesian breed, but I've always admired them. Even when I was little, I thought their movements were beautiful. Now, as an adult, I finally have the chance to purchase a Friesian not far from where I live. But I'm inexperienced when it comes to Friesians- what should I look for? I would like to get in to dressage, and moving to a city has finally given me the opportunity to get lessons from a reputable facility. The Friesian I found is advertised as being experienced in dressage, and he is a beautiful horse. But looks definitely aren't everything (as I've learned over the years!).

The Friesian in question is 16 years old, a gelding, and they want $8500 for him. The owner claims that they buy horses according to "looks and uniqueness", which makes me a little nervous. As I said before, I don't go on looks when purchasing a horse. Tempermant, level of training, and health mean more to me than anything else. Also, I'm concerned that this owner has not ridden/used this horse in quite a while (I get the feeling that this horse is their "show off" piece; which is fine, but I want to make sure he's been ridden!). My question is this: Is $8500 too much for a 16 y.o. Friesian gelding? Also, does anyone know the average age of death for Friesians? I'm worried that I would only get a few years with this horse. As I get pretty attached to my horses, I'd like to keep him around longer than a few years.

Any advice or comments are welcome! Thank you!

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