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Would Gelding Make a Good Endurance Horse?

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  • Would Gelding Make a Good Endurance Horse?

    ** this is not an ad - just looking for feedback on best way to advertise/sell my horse **

    I have a 9 yr old Arab/QH gelding who is for sale. He's green because I haven't kept up with his training since I brought him when he was 5. He's very forward, lots of energy (needs to be ridden 4 or 5x a week), good size bone, size 1 feet, loves to work, comfy gaits, can be spooky (prefers the "Haul A$$ And Ask Questions Later" method) when not worked for extended periods of time. My confidence is basically nill right now so that probably hasn't helped the spooking.

    My questions are:

    Is he a candidate for endurance or competitive trail?

    Is this a market I can advertise him in?

    What can I do to improve his marketablity in this area?

    Thank you!

  • #2
    yes, partly

    When I said about my Arab, "He's my endurance horse" the h/j guy said "Yeah you have to endure him".
    Sure your horse is a candidate...I think you should advertise him as a prospect and tell people basically what you told us. And anything about any trail experience he's had. Somebody looking for an endurance horse is probably going to be aware of/ not put off by spooks in a green horse. You could say "needs miles". As long as he's sound, somebody ought to be willing to help him grow mentally.


    • #3
      Gonna guess that most endurance folks (least all the ones I know) are not looking for an untrained, haul ass spooky horse...just cause he goes forward does not = endurance.

      I would put him in training with someone for 90 days, get a brain on him and then market him as green.

      Depending on his conformation would depend on which area you want to market him
      I have horse to sell to you. Horse good for riding. Can pull cart. Horse good size. Eats carrots and apples. Likes attention. Move head to music. No like opera! You like you buy.


      • #4
        I have to agree with JackSpratsMom on this one. Forward doesnt = endurance. (or even CTR)

        I have well trained track ponies for sale that climb mountains, swim rivers, are fit for 25-40 and 2-day 50's, plus, I will say Bombproof! (as the local Army Reserve does set of bombs on a regular basis)> that are advertised at fair market prices, however, the market is slow (plus its been cold and raining, I think folks are still waiting for spring ).

        Try offering a consignment with a local lesson stable.
        Find your local trainer, ask their suggestions, they may *like* your horse ! and see potential; either sell outright or train with sales as a goal.
        Long shot> post a *want to trade* on craigslist.

        Definitely price compare your area for his marketable worth, simply to be informed.
        OTTB's ready to show/event/jumpers. Track ponies for perfect trail partners.


        • Original Poster

          Thanks for the replies. I figured forward didn't equal endurance, but thought forwardness was needed or liked.

          I've started working with a new trainer/instructor so I will see if she has an opening as I also think some training would be helpful for him.

          Thanks again!


          • #6
            as an endurance rider.. looking at this at an ad... I get:

            9 yrs old, obviously well behind in his schooling, ie. green enough to toss a saddle on, and hold on!
            no competition experience or experience of any kind.

            Right now in this market - you'd have to give him to me, I wouldn't pay for him.

            Not to say he's not a nice built horse, etc etc - but he's a project - he has..potential.. see what I'm getting at.

            Also, the whole attitude of lots of energy + likes to spook! means he'd be a good endurance horse buy him! would mostly make most endurance riders do the eyeroll behind your back.

            get him some training, with a good trainer. and go from there.
            Originally posted by ExJumper
            Sometimes I'm thrown off, sometimes I'm bucked off, sometimes I simply fall off, and sometimes I go down with the ship. All of these are valid ways to part company with your horse.


            • #7
              Originally posted by rainechyldes View Post
              as an endurance rider.. looking at this at an ad... I get:

              9 yrs old, obviously well behind in his schooling, ie. green enough to toss a saddle on, and hold on!
              no competition experience or experience of any kind.

              Right now in this market - you'd have to give him to me, I wouldn't pay for him.

              Not to say he's not a nice built horse, etc etc - but he's a project - he has..potential.. see what I'm getting at.

              Also, the whole attitude of lots of energy + likes to spook! means he'd be a good endurance horse buy him! would mostly make most endurance riders do the eyeroll behind your back.

              get him some training, with a good trainer. and go from there.
              While not an endurance rider, I would have to agree with the above post.
              If wishes were horses then beggars would ride...
              DLA: Draft Lovers Anonymous
              Originally posted by talkofthetown
              As in, the majikal butterfly-fahting gypsy vanners.