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post #1 of 6 Old 07-20-2012, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Critique please? :)

Since riding a much more forward horse this last week, I've really started questioning whether I want a very slow, relaxed horse. I figure that if I do want to advance to higher levels some day, whether it be jumping or something else. (I really want to try dressage at one point) I think that there's a horse out there that might fit my wants a bit better compared to Major. He is super sweet, but he's incredibly lazy. Even if I decided to go with a different horse, I had a well-known Western trainer tell me to tell my instructor to call her if he's ever for sale.. so it's likely that he'd be going to a great home, plus everyone has said that Western Pleasure would likely be his strong suit.

So, with that being said, I've been browsing the atlantic classifieds daily.. just waiting for a horse who seems quite nice to pop up. The other day, a 5yo TB mare popped up. She's the perfect height and has already been to a couple schooling shows and is also listed as a possible dressage prospect. My only issue is conformation, as I'm not a good judge of it and wouldn't want to buy a horse with conformation that may lead to issues down the road.

The shots aren't that great (they're just from the ad) but if I end up e-mailing her about the horse, I'll likely get a bunch more.

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-20-2012, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Coincidentally, my dad is going to the town where the horse is located from August 2 to 3 because he has to meet with a business client there. I'd have to take two days off work (although I get to work a weekend next week so it should even out) but still! He said I could come so I'll likely grab a video or two and some better conformation shots.. provided that I hear back. Fingers crossed though! :)

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-20-2012, 09:22 PM
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We would need proper photos in order to get conformation on him...

Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-21-2012, 06:07 PM
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Cant say much from those photos... back may be a tad long and he looks buck-kneed in the fronts

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-21-2012, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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I did notice the longer back, but would you mind telling me a bit more about buck-knees? Would it cause issues? Or is it just a small conformation fault?

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-23-2012, 12:22 PM
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Make sure you talk it over real well with your trainer who knows your riding well. A green 5 yo tb can be a real sweetheart, or a real handful. Will the personality be a fit for you and your skills and will you have the help that you need to train him/her? Only you can know that, but make sure you are getting into a situation that will help you progress and move forward to your goals in small steps. Good luck
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