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post #1 of 12 Old 02-03-2014, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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7yr old Appy gelding of unknown origin

Perusing a rescue page on fb out of morbid curiosity at what had been selected as needing rescuing from some feedlot in Zillah on the load that morning I stumbled upon this guy. Long story short I bought him based on these photos for $775. I knew he wouldn't be a treat to work with because there's no way a sound young horse like this gets to a kill pen by accident. He was...less than lovely, dangerous to most. Once upon a time I trained for a guy in the states who specializes in horses like this, I didn't have time to put the 60+ days of bootcamp on him so I shipped him to my old boss.
He's good now, but it certainly wasn't easy. I still don't have the time to finish him the way I want :(

Lemme know what you think! And if anyone here knows ANYTHING about appys and appy breeding and maybe a breeder he could have come from? I'm a racetracker really, I don't know much of the appy world.

And this is he and I on the rare chance that I have time to ride, we were galloping in very deep snow!
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-03-2014, 12:51 PM
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He's not a bad looking horse. Love his pattern :)
He has a nice big shoulder and plenty of depth through the chest
Neck is set quite high
Stands under himself in the front legs
Back is a nice length for his size
A little bum high
Personally, i like the shape of his hindquarters
A little bit posty in the back legs but none of he faults are to the extreme
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-04-2014, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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When I get home I'll post more profile pics, he looks like he stands way under himself in that photo but I haven't noticed it since I've had him in my possession so it could well be that he wasn't stacked properly.
This horse has tremendous gaits, incredibly athletic, I'll try and post a YouTube video of him. He also has a huge stop, he's a fun little horse!
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-08-2014, 06:46 PM
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I like him a lot! Have you got anymore pictures??? I'd love to see them :)
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post #5 of 12 Old 02-08-2014, 08:05 PM
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he has the long back of many appys. very nice looking horse, got that Appy versatility look. hope you can find time to ride him lots!
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-28-2014, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Finally home, got a pic of him after our ride yesterday.
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-28-2014, 08:06 PM
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hes a nice looking horse. sounds like you got a good deal.
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-29-2014, 08:20 PM
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I think you got a nice working horse.
He does stand underneath himself in front, but the second photo with the saddle on him shows a much less severe angle, and I think it's a more accurate portrayal of his front legs.
His pasterns are angled nicely, not too long, not too short, looks like they could stand up to a lot of use.
His back legs are posty, but he has nice deep hocks and a low stifle, so I could imagine he has smoother swinging gaits, and can probably get underneath himself easily.
Steep shoulder -I associate that with a smoother ride.
His neck ties in a bit high.
His croup has a nice angle in the later saddled photo.

I actually really like him. He looks like a true all around horse, and he has a really usable body from the looks of it.

I would think some type of halter blood lines from the heavier set body and the lighter bone. Though he doesn't have the rhino-esque physique of some "halter" horses, I've seen a few that resemble him.
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-29-2014, 11:03 PM
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Steep shoulder -I associate that with a smoother ride.
Do you? How would a steep shoulder make it smoother?

Personally, I do not see a steep shoulder.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-29-2014, 11:14 PM
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how;s his behavior now? he looks like a well built riding/working horse.
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