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post #11 of 35 Old 01-19-2012, 06:05 PM
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The name "Beauty" was in sarcasm. She was not "beautiful" as a long yearling. Over the years, she matured and her face became elegant and beautiful as an arabian should be LOL
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Oh jeeze! ... Maybe I need to name some of our horses out of irony :\
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There they are all standing in a row

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post #12 of 35 Old 01-24-2012, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Well I went out and look at him. I'll be honest, he already had two strikes against him before I even saw him: 1 - he's not a mare (I kind of wanted something I could breed in the future if I ever wanted to, and 2 - He's a chestnut (my least favorite color of horse). However, I absolutely fell in love with him! He was a total sweetheart and totally clicked.

He was a little head shy and couldn't get the bridle on - they worked with him for about a half hour and made some good progress, but it just wasn't his day. They said he's usually a TINY head shy as of lately, but NEVER that bad and invited me to come back tomorrow. I'll go out and ride him again with the bridle before I buy him, of course, but they had no problem hanging on to him until they could demonstrate that they could get the bridle on. Honestly, I'm not that worried about it because of the specific things he did and I could easily work through them if I had to and it gave me an opportunity to see how they work with their horses, with which I was very impressed and happy with. Anyway, I asked if he could be ridden in a halter, and they did not hesitate at all! In fact, in his halter, he responded BEAUTIFULLY and even gave me some very good stops (and remember, I'm a western rider, so I have a very high expectation for what a good stop is).

The only riding issue I had was that I just could NOT get my seat with him! Again, not a deal breaker (though I'm slightly more nervous about that than the head shy thing), but for the life of me I just cannot figure out why I couldn't get my seat on him and bounced around like a brand new riding student! Hmmm.... Again, I'll have to ride him again, and I'll try another saddle to see if that helps any. Any suggestions there?

Anyway, that's how the experience went. I did take a bunch of pictures of his feet and legs. I'll post a few now and more later (and possibly a video of him lunging). Let me know what you think. Thanks!
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post #13 of 35 Old 01-24-2012, 09:22 AM
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I wouldn't worry to much on your seat... lol when I got my arabian in november I could not sit him for the life of me. I am used to gaited and thoroughbreds not a flowy prance arabians lol... it will take abit of focusing to get it but I had it in a week so and I will bet you will be fine :)

As for leg shots I am not good at confo critques but goodluck :)
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post #14 of 35 Old 01-24-2012, 09:51 AM
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What breed of horse are you used to sitting? For whatever reason, I have personally never had any problems sitting arabs, QHs, thoroughbreds, ect. The ones that have had rough gaits were usually stiff and/or still pretty green. So the gelding may still be pretty green or he has was stiff and tense. He might be smoother next time, it may have just been a bad day for him all around
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post #15 of 35 Old 01-24-2012, 12:13 PM
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He's probably almost as apprehensive as you are about a new rider. I suspect he wasn't rounding his back at all and was making short choppy steps. The Arabian trot is known for being 'floaty' as in UP off the ground and he may have been doing that too. That floaty trot can be a beast to sit to, you just have to work with them. If he'll give you his back and round up, that solves all the bounciness problems.

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post #16 of 35 Old 01-24-2012, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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I'm used to sitting quarter horses and paints. I did ride another shorter arabian (this boy is definitely true to the 15.1 description or at least not far off - he's definitely big), and I didn't have issues with her. I say he's just past green broke, but not by a lot. Plus, he hadn't been worked in a week and it wasn't the *best* riding environment as far as he was concerned (very muddy and with new bedding next to the round pen, so I'm pretty sure he thought the giant tarp over it was going to eat him). I'm going to go ride him this afternoon again - I don't think I'll have any issue with the trot though, just needs some time.

But anyway, no red flags as far as his legs go? I think that was what most people were saying they couldn't really judge from the other pictures. I want to use him for endurance, so I've been fairly picky about not taking any horses with conformational or other flaws that would limit their endurance abilities.
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post #17 of 35 Old 01-24-2012, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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PS - when I go ride him, I'm likely going to make an offer. I don't see anything, so unless someone says something soon, I'll probably bring him home with me once they get him over the bridling issue.
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post #18 of 35 Old 01-24-2012, 02:43 PM
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Good LUCK!

I want more photos.
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post #19 of 35 Old 01-24-2012, 09:30 PM
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He is very well built from what I can see, the pictures not being that good for a critique and kind of small. He looks really solid and strong, kind a tall. The face will look better without all the baby oil on it.

I'd snap him up. That price is half of what you'd pay around here. Or less.
I could not agree with you more. I am in Bothell. I am just looking for lessons and they are double what they cost back in Oregon. There is no way I'm horse shopping around here. I'll just wait for school to be over and save a few $1000.
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post #20 of 35 Old 01-24-2012, 10:40 PM
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I actually like him a lot super cute :] good luck with your next ride and glad you found some owners not afraid to show the horses 'bad' side lol :]

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