07-17-2009, 02:10 PM
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IMO, if this horse was anything, Buck would never of sold him, I guarantee you that.
I did some research online to see what this horse has done, and I see that he has never competed Advanced, nor does he have the want/gumption to do so. I've also seen allot of online photographs of him compeating under numerous riders and he looks miserable. I don't think this is something he wants to do.
I also see that he's a dirty stopper, which would explain how he looks when in competition. I also see in his USEA record, he's been eliminated many times. I see allot of E's and W's *withdrawn* in the majority of the comps he's been ridden in.
He may be good for you at the very low levels you are doing, but I'd still be worried about his hocks and that navicular.
Something else to think about, if he was a dirty stopper for more advanced riders than you, I'd hate to see the results when you're on him.
I think there are far more better horses out there, I think you rushed into this. There are far more experienced horses out there, who are truer than this guy, healthier, heartier and honest - espcially for a rider of your level, experience, knowledge and abillity. If I were your coach, I'd of coaxed you to continue to look.
I'm not dissing him, he is beautiful to look at and I understand you are super excited about your new horse and prospects of Eventing - but I think he needs a much more experienced rider. I really don't think the two of you are going to be a good match.
All the best to you, and all the best to your new horse.