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    01-26-2014, 09:11 PM
Best Eventing Prospect?

Hi All,

So, to be honest, I am not that educated on analyzing horses conformation for various different disciplines, which is why I am posting here

I am interested in getting an OTTB as an eventing prospect. I have worked with OTTB's before and have found that I really do enjoy teaching the baby green horses how to go nicely under saddle. My current horse, a 13 (maybe 14 I'm not 100% sure how old he was when we got him) is off the track and I love him to pieces. The barn owner got him when he was 3 or 4 and I have worked with him ever since then - she actually eventually ended up giving him to me! Anyways, enough of the side story! I am potentially interested in one of these three horses, but I was wondering which one you guys thought would make the best eventing prospect.

1) Cumplida
This one is my favorite. He has been on CANTER for a decent amount of time and I am always gravitating towards him.

I also really like this horse, the the thing that concerns me about him is his neck. To me, it looks like he has a short neck, compared with the rest of his body.

3)Eddie Coddana
This is another guy who has been on the site for a decent period of time who I have always really liked too. The description says "fiesty" and experienced good home a must. I would actually perfer a horse with some spunk - the only thing that would be concerning to me is if he had a rearing problem. I am not advanced enough in my riding (I'm not sure if I will ever be) to deal with a horse that rears.

Also I would be working closely with my trainer with any of these prospects. I REALLY like #1 but I also REALLY like #3, I am not sure why, but there is just something about those two that really make me think they are going to be something special. I also like horse #2! Anyways, I would love to hear everyones opinions on the pros and cons of each or whichever they think would make the best eventer.

Thank you all in advance!
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    01-26-2014, 09:39 PM
Green Broke
The last one is my least favorite. He has rather upright pasterns which could lead to soundness issues down the road and limit his jumping ability. He is pretty straight through the hocks and he also looks camped out in the back end. I am also not a huge fan of his shoulder, but I couldn't honestly tell you why. Something just seems off.

The first one is my favorite mostly due to his color, haha. The other two I can't find anything glaringly wrong with, but I am really only knowledgeable enough to pick out the glaringly obvious issues.
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    01-26-2014, 10:06 PM
I agree, the third one is proportioned weird. Out of all three- I would go with the first, personally. Looks to have a lot of potential.

The second horse has really long pasterns that kinda freak me out honestly hahaha.

The first one, though my choice out of the three, has a fairly small hip and a long back. The long back really won't affect anything, so the hip would just be the only thing I can see to cause problems (but it could just look deceiving because he lacks muscle… might get better with conditioning).
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    01-26-2014, 10:06 PM
Green Broke
I don't like any of them. They lack substance and bone.

#1 Is wasp waisted, tied in at the knee, pigeon breasted, rough coupled in addition to lacking bone and substance.

#2 Is fine boned, tied at the knee, and his knees and hocks are way off the ground. Verybshort gaskins.. lacking power behind.

#3 Is sickle hocked. He is also bench knee'd.

I would not event any of these horses. JMO.
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    01-26-2014, 10:08 PM
Thank you for your input! I just talked to a friend (who is an eventing trainer) who went out to the track recently. She said the chestnut was crippled he was so lame. That breaks my heart :(....I want to win the lottery and rescue them all. With that being said, I am going to go out to the track and check out what they have still .... obviously I would do a PPE with a vet (concentrating on xrays and bloodwork ...I don't want to bring home a "calm" horse only to find out he has been drugged). The woman also said that the second horse was my best option and in person his neck wasn't something to be concerned about, the picture was just at a weird angle. She also said the third one was very nice but had a slew of bad habits and unless he was going to be in full training (which is not the plan) then I should pass on him.

What about this guy? Another one I am interested in.
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    01-26-2014, 10:12 PM
Originally Posted by showjumperachel    

What about this guy? Another one I am interested in.
Street Rocket
WOW. Much better, I like this horse. Looks over at the knee though, which is common for TB's. Defiantly more boned than the others however. But it says he has ankle problems?
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    01-26-2014, 10:20 PM
I posted my last post before reading insight from Elana and HunterJumperShow. Thank you both for your opinions - I really do appreciate it! Would any of you care to weigh in on the new one posted? I was told that if I go to the track they will show me 10+ horses - ones that aren't even listed on the site yet, so there are more options available too.
    01-26-2014, 10:22 PM
I have also heard "over at the knee" is a problem for TBs. Conformationally wise, what does this mean for jumping? I can SEE it, but I'm just curious as to how big of an impact it has. I know, I am also concerned about the ankle problems. But, obviously, I would get a vet check on any horse before I bought them. I would be willing to give him some time off if needed.
    01-26-2014, 10:26 PM
Originally Posted by showjumperachel    
I have also heard "over at the knee" is a problem for TBs. Conformationally wise, what does this mean for jumping? I can SEE it, but I'm just curious as to how big of an impact it has. I know, I am also concerned about the ankle problems. But, obviously, I would get a vet check on any horse before I bought them. I would be willing to give him some time off if needed.
It can usually just lead to weaker legs, the pressure on their front legs will be off since they are kind of 'out of line'.

I did some searching on that site (because it's rainy here and who doesn't like to look at cute TB's? Hehehehe) and noticed these two


Swiss Game

The first seems well built aside from some goose rump. The second horse looks downhill but nothing too bad. They both are stocky and not stick legged like a lot of TB's… just my thoughts. Hope you get to see some happy, awesome horses!

EDIT: I take it back, Swiss game is my favorite. Love his QH style build
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    01-26-2014, 10:31 PM
I was looking into those two as well!!! I think I will schedule a visit to go and see some horses soon. I am still on the fence about buying a new baby. I love starting them, BUT I would have to half lease out my horse to be able to afford it financially. Decisions, decisions!

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