I am going to give you a good description of this horse so please pay attention.
If you have never ridden before, no, you cannot buy her. If you want to come watch her do riding lessons that is fine and if you like what you see, you may take some lessons on her before you buy her. I don't want anyone to "mess her up" by not knowing about horses and what you are doing. You will also get instructions for care and feeding of horses....
Cricket is a grulla mare about 8 years old. I have had her about 3 years. We have put A LOT LOT LOT of work into her. She handles either discipline although I believe she is more suited to english if you are thinking of showing and she has a nice build for that. Western is fine if you are looking to do trail riding but for western showing- her head is not dragging the ground and she has a real trot (not a jog). She is pretty versatile. We have been jumping her a bit and she seems to be receptive to the idea and probably would make a good hunter prospect. We've been pretty low with the jumps but of course you can work on getting height.
She has been a lesson horse for the 3 years I have had her and taught kids as young as 6 to ride and adults- from no experience to more experienced. She is about 14.2 or 14.3 and not a husky frame. She is rather elegant (I think) in her build. I personally think she is more suited to a teen or adult owner. She is barefoot and has great feet, she has only been shod one time and that was due to a crack in her sole plate from a rock (my vet said when I took her there to find out what was wrong) and he told me to put shoes on her while it healed. That was last summer. She does fine on trails without shoes (at least the places around here) She is up to date on all her vaccines and coggins. She has all vaccines except for strangles which I don't give to any of my horses. She loads wonderfully (I trained her myself- you are welcome! haha) a couple years back I worked with her doing some natural horsemanship things, but I haven't been consistent but I have no doubt if you are into that, she'll pick it right up again as she was good at it. She lunges with or without a lunge line. She washes, actually she loves being hosed off- in the paddock will come up to you while filling water buckets so you'll spray her off. Fly spray no biggie. Rides in snaffle for English or simple grazing bit for trails. Stands well for the farrier trims. I am trying to think of all the things I look for when buying a horse. Can't think of anything else. Well, we did just use her in horse camp for a week... Never been bred. OH one more thought. The reason I am finding her a new home is, first of all her age is perfect for someone looking for their own horse! and she does not have a lot of experience at showing- which I need- this is my main reason. She has done a few and placed "ok" but she has also not done well ( at shows, behavior wise for little kids). I think it is a lot of the commotion and noise and smells since she does fine at home. She gets "keyed up" which is funny since she is so laid back normally. If you are wanting to show, you can work on this with her. I have too many horses and kids when we do shows to spend the time I need to work on this.
I am asking $1800 for her. This is VERY fair... I thought long and hard about what to charge for her. This is a VERY good price. And if you are looking at horses in this price range, you will also agree.
you can email me with questions and I'll get around to a you tube video and pictures soon.