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    11-09-2012, 10:23 PM
Please give me your honest opinion on these horses

What do you guys think of this horse as a lower level dressage horse as my first one?? I think she is a nice mover and has good conformation. Give your honest opinions please.

And also this gelding?? I think he has ok movements and ok conformation.

What do you think about both of these horses?? Thank you!!! Honest opinions!!
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    11-10-2012, 07:55 AM
The mare is nice. Decent mover and she looks like she is reasonably well trained and probably has a nice temperament as well, as she was quietly tolerating a rider who seemed to be hanging onto her face.

I wouldn't touch the gelding. Looks like he needs a lot of work as he's stiff as a board and bracing and he isn't a nice enough mover to justify the work it would take to sort him out. His neck is short and just looks weird and he doesn't swing his shoulder at all.
    11-10-2012, 09:14 AM
That mare looks like heaven. She looks to have beautiful paces, and the only thing I can fault her on is that she didn't quite seem to track up in the trot. She looks to have brilliant manners, and seems well established.

The gelding looks completely out of proportion, and his movements are nowhere near as fluid as the mares. Like thesilverspear said, he's extremely stiff, and he looks like he needs a lot of motivation of his transitions.

For the $250 difference, I'd say the mare wins hands down.

You said you're looking for a low level dressage horse, which I take to mean that you're just starting competing. In my mind, the gelding will hold you back, whereas I think that mare could take you places. If anything you would probably be holding her back, whereas the gelding would be holding you back.
    11-10-2012, 10:02 AM
Mare Mare Mare! She has fluid movements, you could maybe even go to a higher level then low level for a top 5. The gelding looks like he has either a bit of swayback, or probably a high shoulder and neck.
    11-10-2012, 11:49 AM
Thank you guys that's what my friend said. The mare does look a bit nicer than the gelding. The only reason that I like the gelding better is I don't like mares very much, but she deffinetly is a better choice I think.
    11-10-2012, 11:58 AM
Honestly? I'm not enthused about suggesting either to a junior or amateur. They are both very green and I don't know where you are but those prices around here would get you a starved, wormy yearling. Not a nice, broke horse.

The mare is the nicer of the two, but she is spooky, tense and I would be planning on sending her to a trainer for a while before putting a junior or amateur on her. The gelding is really awful looking but at least he looks safer.

I would say, as a first horse, to keep looking OR plan on working very closely with a coach. Like 5 lessons/rides a week, full time program coach. And make sure you are thoroughly vetting either horse you choose, as well as trying her a few times, and at $1000, ask for a trial.

Good luck!
    11-10-2012, 12:20 PM
I love MNRRP!

I'm not so sure Dino would make the best dressage horse... May would be the better choice IMO.

I'm personally in love with Finn and would bring him home if I hadn't just bought a horse.

Have you seen the fantastic gelding at Spring Lake Farm? Check their FB page.
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    11-11-2012, 01:02 AM
$1000 dollars around here get you a pretty good horse. At least for an off the track thoroughbred... I love MNRRP too!! Its deffinetly where I want to get my horse from! I think the mare might be a lot of horse but I don't think she is too much... She looks a little jumpy but not like she super highstrung or anything.
Thank you all for you opinions!
    11-12-2012, 07:29 PM
Originally Posted by dressagegirl145    
$1000 dollars around here get you a pretty good horse.
Not to be a pain in a rear, but I agree with Anebel here. I'm in Maryland, and you will NOT get a good horse (at least for dressage or jumping) here for $1000 (unless you are very VERY lucky). Even as a prospect. Decent horses cost decent money even in this economy. Or if you get something cheap you'll pour lots of money into training or lessons.

With that being said if you plan on lower level dressage and with the good trainer I'd say mare is nice for this price (I assume you are not a beginner rider). If you decide on her - good luck! :)
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    11-12-2012, 09:09 PM
I hate to be a Debbie Downer here...but unless you HAVE to pick one of these two horses, I'd suggest to keep looking. Out of the two I'd go with the mare, because she may have the potential with good training.
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