Thinking of buying an older horse- opinions??
My gelding has been on the market for about three months now, and we just found the perfect buyer for him- he should be gone by the end of next week! So now it's time for me to start looking seriously for a new horse.
There's a gelding boarded at my barn, his name is Gus. I've hacked him a few times and lessoned on him today, and he's absolutely perfect. Everything I'm looking for. The thing is, he's 18 and starting to go downhill. He did Grand Prix jumpers and the Big Eq for a long time, and that took its toll on his joints. He's got maybe two years left of competing and working heavily before his upkeep becomes too much and I have to retire him.
His price is perfect, I love him to death, and he's exactly what I'm looking for. But I'm hesitant to buy him because of his age. His upkeep isn't too bad now, but it'll become more and more as time goes on. He is sound with the right shoeing and hock injections monthly. I'd consider a lease, but my trainer and I are about to part ways and the only way his owners would lease him to me is if I kept him at my current barn.
Fun fact: his basic training was done by GM!