Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Small world, this horse is in my province! My sister and I were looking at listings and she caught our eye and we discussed her.
If she is barely three this year, it's difficult to say how she'll fill out - especially with draft in her lines. I know a couple of horses that could've passed as little thoroughbreds at two years of age in early '09, and when I saw them this year, it was as if they just went poof and turned into little drafties.
She could make a nice low level hunter or even just an all around horse. She seems like a sweet girl with that hunter-horse "whatever" attitude. Her movement, if developed further, could be lovely. I'm not sure about her jump, obviously with a lack of picture or video.
She seems hindered by a few things, though. As other JDI mentioned, the martingale is too short and really serves no other purpose than creating a wall for this young horse and teaching her to move hollow. She is much too young to be trotting too much while carrying a rider, let alone cantering. She even looks a bit off in the video (though it could just be her lack of balance, green horses always need time to find their feet!) - I'd give her another six months or more of only ground work. Her shoulder suggests that she doesn't have comfortable movement - though you'd be surprised sometimes. The placement of her lumbosacral joint would, in theory, hinder her from moving underneath herself and taking off for a jump without greater effort - but again, horses can surprise us. These are just some of the things that jump out to me. As Anabel said, she's a bit of an oddly put together horse!
She is a nice looking filly - adorable, really, like a horse wearing a donkey suit! But given your situation, I would pass and keep looking. A three-year-old is really still a big baby, let me tell you from experience.
I'd have to go out and see this one for myself to really judge, even if she isn't extremely expensive. She young, and she can go any way at any time over little things that could create huge issues. It's still a big risk and it isn't worth the burden if something goes wrong or if you just don't mesh well.
If she is your first horse, or if you are a young rider, I would take JDI's advice and go for a schoolmaster or a well-finished horse. Green and green only makes more green, and it isn't fair to either horse or rider to go through with that.
And, as Barry said, it's never good to open a catalog and say, "I want that one."
Good luck in your search for a horse! The market may seem slow during show season, but it will pick up more towards Fall. I'm sure you'll find the right one for you.
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