Decided to sell - how to word accurately without putting anyone off.
I've come to the decision that Boy isn't really suitable for me at the moment. He's a fabulous horse, has been great all Summer, but now I've got some condition on him and got him half fit, he's no longer content to just hack quietly round the roads with my 2 daughters with their ponies - he wants to be doing far more.
He's an 11 year old ex-racehorse (hurdles) who has done some eventing at pre-novice level (before I had him). He does cross country really well, stops at nothing, and a fairly good test. Showjumps handily, although you have to keep him focused or he can be a bit sloppy.
He's really better suited to someone bigger and stronger than me - a recent sponsered ride I did with him reminded him too much of hunting, and he pulled me around a bit, and when he's fit and fresh he can stick in a buck, which I'm not strong enough to stop him doing. I am only 5'3" and 9 stone though, and he's a good 16.2hh.
I got him as a swap for a horse I bred - an Irish Draught Colt, who the person breaking really liked and wanted to keep. He didn't want to persevere with Boy as he didn't think he'd get him beyond novice eventing, and wants something to take intermediate.
All Summer he was so laid back and easy - even my 7 year old daughter hacked him out when her pony was lame, so he is generally very very good, but I need a smaller (15hh or so) horse who is going to be quite happy to only be ridden once or twice a week.
So what I want to know is - how much, how to advertise, as although he's usually very good, he's not necissarily a novice ride when he's fit and well. I want him to go somewhere where he'll be used, appreciated and have some fun!
The photos of him jumping are from his previous home - I've only jumped him about 3' but even then he flies!
His racing / eventing name is Bosworth Boy - he's on the BE website with his results from a couple of events. Seems he's good, clear and fast XC, good dressage tests, but a couple of fences down each time SJ. He's not been lame / off work since leaving racing - during his racing career I don't know, but there did seem to be a season he didn't race - he raced several times in his last season (since the season off), so must have stayed sound then, whatever. The season he was off was between running in bumpers (NH flat races) and hurdles, so may just have bee turned away to mature and learn to jump! He also changed trainers.
He hasn't been in racing for 5 or 6 years, I think (I'll check up again).
Personally i wouldnt mention his eventing record- the dressages aren't great, consistently two down and R/E's SJ and XC, which would concern somone looking for an eventer.
i would just phrase your advert to say things like " competition horse" , "loves to work" rather than putting not novice ride. I think you should be able to get about 3500 for him, so long as he didnt retire from racing due to injury. What about "possible team chaser" as well.