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post #11 of 26 Old 01-26-2014, 09:33 PM
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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!
Truetrue! I might be a little biased, but Swiss Game is at the top for me out of all the horses on the site. He sounds really level headed too, might not even act like a baby. I hope it all works out for you and even if it doesn't, you can still dream and look at all the cute horses at the track hahaha.
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post #12 of 26 Old 01-26-2014, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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I have been looking at horses at the track for a while now! After looking at Swiss Game for a while, I really like him too - he has a very similar build to my current TB. I just recently picked up a second job (exercising horses, woo hoo!) so a project horse is now in the realm of possibilities. Thank you, again, for your input....it's very much appreciated! I think if I schedule a visit I will check out Swiss, Arta, and Street Rocket. And probably Sly too!
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Street Rocket has very long front pasterns, steep shoulder, poorly angulated legs behind and a very downhill build.

Sly has small round hocks and short gaskins. Weedy through tge loin and rear end.

Swiss Game has a very nice body but extremely light bone and very long pasterns.

For eventing I would pass on all 3. Again.

There are reasons for these horses to be 4 sale. You will go through a TON to find the right one for what you want to do. Don't buy a veterinary project conformation wise.
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post #14 of 26 Old 01-27-2014, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Elana, thanks again for your input - I appreciate it! Isn't there a reason for all horses to be for sale though? I didn't think Street Rocket looked down hill at all.....shows how much I know!

Just out of curiosity, what do you think of this horse for eventing? Sorry if these aren't the best pictures for conformation. This is my current horse and I'm going to keep quiet about any soundness issues before you I hear your opinion .... I've actually never asked for a critique on my horses conformation before .... he was given to me and I love him to pieces so I can't really complain

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He doesn't have 4 white socks -- that is poltuice :)
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Elana, thanks again for your input - I appreciate it! Isn't there a reason for all horses to be for sale though? I didn't think Street Rocket looked down hill at all.....shows how much I know!
You will probably get many variations of what people see in terms of conformation, as some might not see what others do- or some predict a fault from the pictures we have. The only real sign is to see them in person and have a knowledgable eye there with you to point things out. Buying a future prospect is a big step and you defiantly want a more 'educated' eye in that aspect to be with you in that step. I personally don't think Street Rocket is glaringly downhill, as much as Swiss Game is. I do agree the pasterns are long- but then again, that's a common trait in TB's and will be hard to weed out from prospects. However, that was my take on their faults.

I hope you find a good horse, if you do end up buying (:
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"Sly" looks super narrow. I also don't really like his hind leg conformation.

Swiss Game is butt high, which will make dressage harder for him. At 5 he may still grow, but he may not. I am stuck in that limbo with my personal horse. 5 years old and still butt high, may grow or may not. He also has very upright pasterns, which I am noticing seems to be pretty common in TBs. I like everything else about him, but I like the more compact types.

I like Street Rocket though. :)

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What about this guy? Artaksez
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I assume this is your horse. First of all he is pretty good. I am not sure if he is tied in at the knee OR if it is the angle of the photo. He may be OK. He is uphill. His front end is closer to the camera than his rear and the camera is tilted and he STILL comes out up hill. That is VERY nice. He has a strong coupling and what appear to be adequate hind quarters and not too steep a croup. His neck is lovely but I wish it went more smoothly into the withers (I bet he is "fun" to saddle fit with those withers). He appears to have a nice short back (does he "click" at the trot? Hind feet hitting fronts? Just wondering). His head and neck are very classic.. steeple chaser looking.. British looking actually. He is a little straight through the hocks from what I can see. His bone is a little light.

He has a nice shoulder.

His feet need the attention of a good farrier. His toes are very long. He could be helped a lot to have his feet done correctly (not the same as 'corrective shoes').

An Aside: If that is him in your Avatar there is no physical reason for him to hang his knees like that. If that IS him I bet he would show a LOT more scope over an oxer (or solid cross country fence) and with less of a strangle hold on his mouth.. if the rider was reaching UP his neck instead of safely leaning on his neck and holding him back causing him to lose scope.
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Too bad this girl has an injury, I really like her: Tequila Mist
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I wish you were closer, my BO has some VERY nice prospects for sale this spring.

I don't like any of them for what your doing.

beware if you go to the track, if its anything like the track up here you are expected to have a look, and make a quick decision. A lot of the horses straight off the track need at least 6 months down time to heal and come down off the crazy lifestyle they've been living and relearn how to be a horse again.
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