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post #1 of 8 Old 09-16-2012, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Critique $500 former polo pony--possible buy

I'm not really fully in the market for a horse in the sense that I'm not actively searching but this guy came up and he seems too cute to pass up! I'll at least take a look at him!

The ad is very straightforward:
Excellent walk/trot hack horse--not for beginner.
12-14 years old, 15.1hh buckskin gelding
Sound, UTD with vet and farrier. Great to handle, bathe, etc--lovely ground manners.
Would like to place before winter.

I want to do hunter/jumper and some dressage. Maybe a few shows here and there but I'd be okay with low level competition. He seems very cute to me, but I know nothing of conformation. What do you all think? Worth a look?

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-16-2012, 02:29 AM
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I'm not good at critiquing I'm still learning. But he looks nice enough to look at for $500 bucks. He looks pretty porportionant and I like his hip and his stoutness and buckskin is my favorite color . The only thing I dislike is I can't see his back and withers cause of the saddle and I don't like the shape of his neck, I'm sure there is a conformational term for it. But I say see him in person a check him out look for joint issues that could of been caused from his polo days.
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You can't really tell anything from these pictures..Need him squared up, untacked, flat ground, from each side and then front/back.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-16-2012, 06:42 AM
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I'm rubbish at judging conformation, but he looks cute.
The only thing is that I'd get a very thorough PPE to make sure he's sound - my friend buys retired polo ponies for polocrosse, and I have yet to see one that stays sound long term...
You might end up putting a multiple of your $500 investment into vet bills.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-18-2012, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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He has a cute face and love his color. The things that jump out at me are he has extremely short and upright pasterns and his Neck ties in quite low and is on the shorter side. The neck not too much of a concern for lower level stuff, but the pasterns concern me more. I like his substance and he has a kind face. Might be a little straight in the rear, but the photo isn't great for his hind end. Shoulder appears fairly upright to me too.

I would not have pegged him as a polo pony - looks more quarter horse to me! Also curious why the ad lists him as a walk/trot horse only. A polo pony should know how to canter too. I would wonder about soundness based on that alone (coupled with his sport and build) and STRONGLY suggest a PPE even though he is a cheaper horse. Polo horses have a lot of twisting, turning, and abrupt halts while playing on top of wooden mallets being swung by their legs- soundness is always a concern.

I think he is worth a look, but go in with a realistic perspective that he will need a lot of retraining for your interests and he sounds like he might be a little hot and possibly not 100% sound.

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