Buying a horse- 15hh jumper... is he priced right?
I am looking into buying a SUPER FANCY 15.1hh 6yo gelding. He is sweet, loads, good overall ground manners (except he paws, nbd), long stride, major scope.
I have shown him once in the 3' jumpers. He has shown very minimally, but had ribbons in those shows in the small hunters (AA show). He has a great jump, very square and cute & frames up nicely. He has the occasional spook, has run out of two very plain airy oxers with me in the ~10x riding him, and has a rumored buck. Does not know his lead changes well yet.
Because he is young, I am hoping to train him up to the Low A/O's (with his scope and speed) or AO hunters (he'd be a great small Junior for someone too). He is super scopey, adjustable, and lengthy stride. I have jumped him around a 3'3-3'9 course at home, pretty well but a little disheveled. He keeps his ears up and is very cute, I would also do him in the 3'3" adult Eq, and maybe adult or A/O hunters. He's pretty versatile.
Has a white horse melanoma on his neck.
They are asking $7,500. This seems a little high to me?
UPDATE: missed out on a great opp :( I let this one go! By the time I got back from my vacation he had his changes down, was leased by someone and he turned around and won a great deal of ribbons in the 3'6" divisions and top hunter earnings, and sold with multiple bids for 30k+.