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post #1 of 13 Old 10-09-2013, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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3 Year Old Spotted "Sport Horse" Gelding

It's been a serious roller coaster the past few weeks, but I think I have firmly decided to NOT buy Parker, the horse I am free leasing. It will just be better for both of us, even if it breaks my heart to send him back.

I am going to be seeing this gelding sometime next week, if all works out. He is three years old, his sire is the Spotted Draft Horse C&A's Commander and he is out of a Trakehner mare (who is on the owner's property). He has had 90 days professional English training and started over ITTY BITTY jumps (I would not continue that). He would be my future low-level eventing prospect although I have no interest in being very competitive at all. I want a fun horse I can mess with for years to come.

Here are some pictures of him, his owner sent me videos however I am unable to upload them, for some reason:





Also, here is his sire:
C&A’s Commander | C & A Farm Spotted Drafts

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-09-2013, 09:54 PM
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I don't know enough to venture a critique, but wow, he is so beautiful!

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I don't care much for the sire, but he is just a CUTIE! I'd love to see his movement and personality! For your purposes, I don't think there are any glaringly obvious issues. Try him out and let us know how he is!
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for low level eventing/messing around I can't see any major problems, the pictures are not good for judging properly.

In one photo he looks quite bum high and in the others he doesnt, I'm not keen on his shoulder angle or the thickness through the throaght lash but again for low levels not aiming to be competative then it shouldnt be a problem.

As much as I personaly love my coloureds he wouldnt be one I'd look at.

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NOT impressed with the sire at ALL. Paddles at the trot.. has a steep shoulder.. no freedom in the front end.. no drive from behind.. and doesn't use himself AT ALL.

For your purposes this gelding will be OK. He is a bit over straight through the knee. Hocks are a bit high off the ground.

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Thank you all for your critiques! They are very much appreciated.

I decided to expand my search range a little today, and came across this guy. 10 year old OTTB, has been extensively evented, has been used in a lesson program, and is in my price range (the difference between NJ and PA prices is staggering!). He is currently owned by a former member of the Australian Olympic team.
Outback Farm USA, Sam T. Campbell, Former Olympian




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His front legs look kind of iffy to me. I think he's getting some filling in his fetlocks.
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I like him. I like him because even though I think his front pasterns look a bit weak and long, he has proven himself.

I would get a PPE with 'rays of the hocks, knees and fetlock joints. I think this horse will fit you well as you are moving up. If you buy him, I recommend using support boots on his front legs when jumping over 2'6" (like professional Choice boots) to help support those long pasterns.

I went to their site.. and I like the conformation or Ohh better.. but at 5 he needs training.

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he's a good trainer! My friend has a mare from outbak farms.
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I just got back from looking at the horse in the first post - NOT going to happen. I got bucked off as soon as I asked for a canter. He was a very sweet horse and his owner was lovely, but not going to happen. I also went to Camelot Auction House to go see one of their horses that I really liked (a 17 hand gelding by Coats N Tails! ), but he was sold literally as I was walking into the barn. I saw the rest of the horses there too, and there was one in particular that will be coming home with me if he isn't sold by tomorrow :) I REALLY liked him.

If that doesn't work out, I will be try to schedule a time to see the TB soon.
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