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    04-24-2014, 07:00 PM
Green Broke
Possible new prospect for next dressage horse

Today I started looking at horses and as any really "good" dressage horses out here are hard to find or very costly, my search is difficult. I looked at a really nice one, but he was a bit out of my price range. Then we moseyed over to the local rescue and I filtered there the many horses that were there.

That had a nice Freisian Sport horse filly, however she was only 3 and someone had "started" her under saddle which wasn't really a good thing. Some big paints, QH's, a Trakhenner that I was told had a bucking problem.... And then I saw HER.

Up on the hill was a beautiful gray mare, about 15.2. She's a 10 year old registered Friesian Sport horse (half Friesian half TB/Appy cross) and hasn't been worked for about 2 years, just sat in the pasture. She is a DOLL.

She CLEARLY needs some muscle put on her but what do you guys think? Please excuse the little slip in the poop in one of the videos, LOL.

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    04-24-2014, 07:39 PM
Green Broke
No, not for dressage in my opinion
She is upright in her shoulder
She does not move straight in front


She is not sound on the circle she is lame in front and un level behind. Wouldn't touch with a barge pole
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    04-24-2014, 07:41 PM
Green Broke
OH, forgot to say that I am only looking to go around 1st level or so, not the big stuff.
    04-24-2014, 07:43 PM
Green Broke
She isn't sound you won't even get intro with an unsound horse
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    04-24-2014, 07:56 PM
Green Broke
I'm not understanding where she looks unsound. I'm not trying to be rude, just learn so if someone can point it out, please do so. All I see is a horse that has little muscle and needs to get fit, get some farrier work (her hooves are a tad long) etc.

Gait seems steady, I'm not seeing a limp. She hasn't been on a lunge or had any work for 2 years so even the little bit we did (10 minutes) winded her.
    04-24-2014, 09:47 PM
Green Broke
I do see a slightly limp in the second video..
    04-24-2014, 09:53 PM
Yeah, when you look at her going walk to trot there's a big heave ho to get going - this is a hallmark of unsoundness.

Even sound, I would say pass.
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    04-24-2014, 09:54 PM
Green Broke
She would be a foster for 60-90 days first as she is coming from a rescue. The plan is to have my farrier (specializes in corrective and barefoot) work on her (her hooves are kind of yucky right now), some chiro, a little EPR (Equine Positional Release) and a lot of ground work to start working on her balance and build up some muscle and then reassess.

The footing in the arena was really bad, it had been a stall barn and they just removed the stalls and hadn't put any sand or other footing in it so it did have some dips, etc as well as spots with slippery poop.

I see some potential as a low level dressage, trail horse but now that you guys have pointed it out, I also see something that could be a lamness.
    04-24-2014, 10:01 PM
I think she's really cute. She is obv a little chubby and needs some muscle, as you have pointed out. If you like her you can have a vet check her out and determine whether her lameness is something serious or just some stiffness. She looks like she has a super comfy trot. (That is the Friesian!) I bet she would be great bareback!
    04-25-2014, 12:37 AM
She's beautiful, I think she will be a Grand Prix Dressage horse!

Is that what you are hoping to hear?

Because while I do think she is all sorts of cute, WHY, are you bargain basement shopping for trouble? I'm sorry but the very last thing you need to buy right now is more issues. Save your pennies, and buy something that is sound and sensible and ready to go, when you count up the money and time you would have to put on this mare, especially with a possible lameness issue, then you can afford something better, really you can.

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