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post #1 of 8 Old 12-09-2011, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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English Show Prospect?

What do you think of this tb mare's walk, trot, canter for showing in hunters?

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-09-2011, 07:34 PM
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Here is what I see.

Three very "soft" gaits that would do fine in local (schooling) hunter classes. Does not have that look to go to the rated or recognized classes.

This level is extremely competitive and she just sorry to say, not quite pretty enough in look or movement.

This horse would also do quite well in lower level dressage if you chose to train that way.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-11-2011, 12:19 AM
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Agreed with Spyder. Horse moves ok for local level shows. Canter is definitely better then the trot but I don't see something that would be particularly competitive on a rated circuit unless it's at the very lower levels.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-11-2011, 08:08 PM
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She looks like a nice horse, but I would say she isn't a A rated horse show horse, definitely. She could be a fun learner but nothing truly competitive. Like the others have said, stick to the local shows. Sometimes in this sport, the best horse might be a deciding factor on the winner in eq and hunters, this horse might won't give someone that advantage.

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-12-2011, 12:05 PM
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Oh my. She looks really off, and she looks stiff in the back especially at the canter. She's also dragging her feet. Does she need to be shod?

I don't think she is a good mover at all, especially if she moves how she is in the video all the time...maybe with more training, but right now, no.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-15-2011, 03:49 PM
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I'm afraid I agree with erikalynn, there's something not quiet right with her action. Watching her front feet she seens odd in her movement and flexing.
As for showing, as long as you want to enter her its all experience!
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-15-2011, 04:11 PM
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I think part of the wonky movement is the terrible footing... it might even be a bit deep to work cattle in lol...

I hope they aren't asking a lot for the mare... I can see her maxing out at training level dressage and depending on her jump I don't think she would get you far in hunters either...
I think her main fault is how downhill she is built, I have seen horses with worse conformation and movement in the show ring, not when ribbons are being presented though :P

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-15-2011, 04:36 PM
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I would keep looking. I also noticed some head-bobbing and off steps towards the middle, but it could be the footing, like anabel mentioned.
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