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        07-17-2014, 03:53 PM
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    Green Broke
    Starting to look at what is in CA to adopt...

    Well, as Cinny is retiring to a pasture soon, and I am moving to CA, I have been looking at what is out there. I'm really really really liking this guy and am thinking of looking at him in October if he is still available. What do you guys think? I'm really bad at seeing the bad in horses I really like and I don't want to make any mistakes this time like I have in the past.

    Here are a few vids.



    And jumping
    Merlin The Great--July 2 - YouTube

    I'm thinking of primarily doing dressage but I might slide over to some jumping now and then.

    And I know a few may be asking why I'm not taking Cin with me. Well, I think there are better pastures for retirement here in CA. The vet wants him to have as much space as possible. In CA he will not have a lot of space even if we get horse property as the ones we are looking at in Norco are only about half an acre.
         
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        07-17-2014, 03:55 PM
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    Green Broke
    Another nice vid

    Merlin May 28 - YouTube
         
        07-17-2014, 05:11 PM
      #3
    Yearling
    How trained are you looking for and how much are you aiming to progress up the levels of dressage? The horse looked sound and not psycho, which is a good place to start. But not much freedom of the shoulder in its movement, nor did it really bring its hocks under it, which are things you want, ideally, for moving up beyond First Level.

    Also, it was either unsteady and fussy in the contact and when it wasn't fidgeting about, it looked heavy on the forehand, leaning on the rider's hands. Putting its head down, but not engaging the hindquarters. That's a training issue and solvable one (unless, of course, the fussiness in the bridle is caused by some medical issue). Just depends on whether or not you want to deal with fixing that.
         
        07-17-2014, 05:17 PM
      #4
    Super Moderator
    I'd be concerned that you would be taking on another Cinny - he might work out better as a jumper than a dressage horse - and even then needs a lot of work
    He's pretty though
         
        07-17-2014, 06:21 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Training level isn't that important as I'm still mastering what I need to. I would like to eventually work up the levels but start with Intro or training first. I am looking at a budget under 5K preferably 2500 so not a lot to work with. Potential means the most as I am not afraid of work. I want something level headed that can hack in the hills in CA, do a little dressage, and maybe do some fences. I'm not looking for Grand Prix potential, just maybe 1st or 2nd level potential.

    And thank you for your comments, I can see what you both are talking about.
         
        07-17-2014, 07:39 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Norco does have all those little plots of horse property spread out all over it. There is pastureland, but you'd likely be having to look in places like Ramona or further north 2 or 3 hours past Riverside or L.A. So it's probably just as well that you're leaving your retired horse where you still are.

    With a budget of 5k, you'll probably be able to find something that can do what you want. You probably won't find much for less than $2,500 since horses here seem to be pretty hot commodities (who knows why, we're paying $20+/bale for alfalfa right now) but with your price range, you probably will find something. You'll probably be looking mostly at OTTBs, or Quarter Horses of some type, or Arabians. Those seem to be the more common breeds that I've seen while horse shopping in this region. It also depends how much training you want and how much you want to put in. And what your range is in terms of how far you're willing to travel to look at horses. I once went to Acton, which is about 2.5 hours away, and was looking at horses from Norco (3 hours away) clear down to San Diego which on a good day is 4 hours depending on traffic

    You'll find that CA is a big state. With lots of driving ;)
         
        07-17-2014, 08:12 PM
      #7
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    Originally Posted by thesilverspear    
    How trained are you looking for and how much are you aiming to progress up the levels of dressage? The horse looked sound and not psycho, which is a good place to start. But not much freedom of the shoulder in its movement, nor did it really bring its hocks under it, which are things you want, ideally, for moving up beyond First Level.

    Also, it was either unsteady and fussy in the contact and when it wasn't fidgeting about, it looked heavy on the forehand, leaning on the rider's hands. Putting its head down, but not engaging the hindquarters. That's a training issue and solvable one (unless, of course, the fussiness in the bridle is caused by some medical issue). Just depends on whether or not you want to deal with fixing that.
    I thought the rider did a rather good job dealing with it's fussiness at the bit. The guy is off the track, very young, and green. He is going to have to relearn how to relate to the bit, and NOT be on the forehand and all. Expecting him to be there now is a bit unfair.

    But, I agree, that the point is, do you really want to deal with that?
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        07-17-2014, 08:56 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Ha ha CaliforniaDreaming, I know how big it is. I grew up in CA, Lived in Huntington Beach most of my life until my 30's. I'm mostly looking for an OTTB, something at least 16 hands.

    Tiny, I've dealt with much worse than the fidgeting this guy does, it's nothing compared with the head THROWING I've dealt with for 3 years with Cinny. I'm not looking to go anywhere fast, I just want to eventually get somewhere...like maybe 3 or 4 years ha ha.
         
        07-17-2014, 10:35 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    Even though I'm partial to grays a friend is trying to get me to look at this girl. But I don't know, something seems "off" to me in the video, I just can't put my finger on it. I think it's in the hind, she kind of moves like Cinny I think. Am I just batty?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDn_...rugBUabcaeFt1w
         
        07-18-2014, 05:46 AM
      #10
    Yearling
    Admittedly, I didn't look at any of the information about the grey. It could have been twelve years old, for all I knew. I was just looking at it with my most critical eye and picking out potential issues. If all she wants is sound and sane and capable of Training level, and she doesn't mind sorting out the leaning, the grey could have potential.

    I like the above chestnut even less. Looks really short, at times unlevel, behind.
         

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