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        05-22-2014, 05:17 PM
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    Foal
    13 YO APHA Gelding Pending Sale

    Hi everyone! Meet Cinder, an APHA Buckskin that I have a sale pending for. He has been off for 6 mo as its the trainer's horse and he's been busy riding horses he has in training. As a result he's put on considerable weight but still has a pretty good brain for his time off. He is a long-time friend of my trainer and he seems to be pretty honest and straight forward. I have been trying him out as I've been through a lot with horses in the last 3 yrs and we're trying to insure we are a good fit. Here's a couple pics...I'm terrible at pics but hopefully this will give a half way decent idea.
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        05-22-2014, 05:55 PM
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    Yearling
    What do you plan to use him for?

    It is really hard to give a critique with the saddle on, but he appears to be quite a solid fellow. Neck appears short and thick with low tie in. Shoulder looks ok. Maybe a touch back at the knee. Hind end looks to have decent angles and plenty of power.
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        05-22-2014, 06:26 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Yeah, I didn't take them with confirmation in mind. Sadly! I will be using him as a trail horse. He's been used at sale barns, used for ponying, and trail mount. I'm looking for a quiet, healthy boy that will take care of me on the trail.
         
        05-22-2014, 08:22 PM
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    Trained
    He's look solid from what I can see, also sounds he has the right kind of training & experience for a safe trail mount.
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        05-22-2014, 08:32 PM
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    Showing
    Let me just wipe the drool off my chin! He's my absolutely #1 favorite color on a horse!!

    Looks like a good, solid fella. His back may be a touch long, but nothing horrible.
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        05-22-2014, 08:38 PM
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    Weanling
    Aww he looks like a really sweet boy. Is he barefoot? I was lucky to get a good sound barefoot horse, and adding up the savings over his lifetime from not shoeing is mindboggling.
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        05-22-2014, 09:59 PM
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    Foal
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    He's look solid from what I can see, also sounds he has the right kind of training & experience for a safe trail mount.
    Yeah, I originally wanted younger for health and longevity but it didn't work out for me last time in health for the horse and the inexperience proved a challenge for me.

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    Let me just wipe the drool off my chin! He's my absolutely #1 favorite color on a horse!!

    Looks like a good, solid fella. His back may be a touch long, but nothing horrible.
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    Thanks! He is very pretty!

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    Aww he looks like a really sweet boy. Is he barefoot? I was lucky to get a good sound barefoot horse, and adding up the savings over his lifetime from not shoeing is mindboggling.
    He seems to be. He was barefoot but they had him shod today for camping/ 10 day trail ride at Eminence the trainer is taking before our sale is finalized. Its very rocky there. I plan to try to get him barefoot and just use riding boots for rocky trails as that's what I've done with my other horses and it has worked well for us.

    My only concern is with how thick his neck is. I worry about IR aka EMS. Not so much cushings as he doesn't seem to have those symptoms...just the crusty neck and easy keeper. But--I have a lot of baggage with everything that has happened with my last 3 horses so I may be over thinking things.

    He has great experience and our rides have been good so far. Taking him on a trail ride myself again tomorrow. I love that he's just rusty after so much time off and still has a nice brain/temperment. I have compromised on age for experience this time around as I need a solid, safe mount to rebuild my confidence. I just hope health/soundness troubles don't appear this time like with my last 3. I even had a pre-purchase done on my last horse who was a 4 yr old and still ran into trouble. :(
         
        05-22-2014, 10:14 PM
      #8
    Showing
    He is built A LOT like a bay QH ranch gelding my old BO purchased. Same cresty neck and just general thick build. Bubba would founder on alfalfa, but was 100% sound on grass hay.

    Have you done a PPE on him?
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        05-22-2014, 11:36 PM
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    Weanling
    A thick neck with a crest doesn't necessarily mean anything. I had a late gelded stud (3 yo) who kept a crest to his neck and was always healthy. I also had a Morgan/TB gelding (also gelded a bit late at 3) who had a very substantial neck with a crest. Even my old QH had a bit of a crest. As a result, I feel weird riding a horse -without- much of a neck, I feel like there's nothing there! I do not see his neck as being overly cresty (re: fatty) that's just his build, he looks stocky all around. A solid trail horse is worth his weight in gold, good luck with him!
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        05-23-2014, 12:03 AM
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    Showing
    He's certainly a chunk, but a very handsome chunk. Looks like a really nice horse and will look even better once you get him trimmed down a bit and back in shape.

    I can understand your hesitance and concern about IR and, with his weight as it is, it's certainly a risk, but if he's not had a serious metabolic event yet, then he likely won't if you can keep his diet balanced and get him thinned down. Of course, I'd have the vet test him when you get the PPE done anyway.
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