Have seen one for £500, have spoken to the owner and he does sometimes rear on a ride if he has to stand around but flatwork and sj is excellent, I'm confident I can handle the rearing, dh's horse was the same but is now much better. He's only 8 so a good age, I'm so tempted but keep thinking for that £ there must be something seriously wrong, though the market is terrible here ATM and its definitely a buyers market.
Should I steer clear or have a look? My riding instructer can come with me to see him...
Definitely have a look. I bought one Mine had raced from age 4 to 16 I searched his history and it was amazing, he'd been ridden by Richard dunwoody at one point. He was my horse of a lifetime, despite having been bar fired. 110% in traffic, you could do anything with him without holding him (clipping, shoeing, injecting) and I happily plonked a child on him. Jumped like a stag (ex chaser) He was PTS age 22 with cushings and I miss him everyday
Well - there's no such thing as a cheap thoroughbred (speaking from bitter experience). They can cost more to feed, can have crap feet and can be heavy on the vet. Having said that I love them to bits and would def go and see. A plus side is that they generally box, shoe, clip and behave well in the stable having seen so much.
On a more cautious note my ex pointer reared with me out hunting - he wanted to go one way with the hounds and I wanted to go home - right up, we almost hit the tip over point and it absolutely terrified me. I've ridden for more than 40 years, since I was very small and had experience on all sorts of horses, including ones that have reared, but that was the closest I've come to go over and it scared me. I have been somewhat wary of him since and it's not an experience I would like to repeat - I now turn him in small circles if I think he's losing patience which stops him, but it's not much fun. If you are happy to deal with it then that's fine - but it is dangerous.....
I think the 'cheap' is a red herring. There are loads of cheap TBs and quite a few cheap other breeds at the moment as people are desperate to get rid of horses they can no longer afford.
'Cheap' is also misleading in the case of a horse that rears. If you do take on a horse with such an issue the first thing you would have to do is get the vet out to exclude a physical cause to his problem. You may uncover nothing, in which case you still have a potentially very dangerous behavioural issue, or you may find a physical cause some of which are very debilitating and require lengthy and costly treatments.
The question for me would not be 'shall I buy this horse?' but 'why this horse and not some other one?'. How many horses have you viewed? What do you want to do with your horse? Why does this seem particularly well suited to your purpose in comparison with others out there?
Well she has someone seeing him tomorrow night now so may well be sold before Saturday. I was going to go tonight but its a bit of a drive and would be dark when I arrived, I'm not going to rush into it and be saddled (see whay I did there) with an unsuitable horse. If its meant to be he will be there on Saturday. Though am thinking he will probably be a bit small for me any way, I'm 5"7 and 11 ish stone.
I have a wb on loan at the mo and she's bloody gorgeous but my friend will at some point want her back . I want something I can do a bit of jumping on, possibly xc and regular hacking. I'm not going to rush though, I will have loan horse for a good while yet I think I'm going to save a decent amount and really shop around. There are some lovely horses advertised for about 2k around here ATM.
Sounds like you are not in a hurry which is a great position to be in. On the selling side anyone who can wait will be waiting for spring anyway so it's best to give it another month or two for the weather to improve.