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        06-11-2012, 03:19 PM
    Weakness in the back can be improved through gymnastics: ground poles, cavaletties, lots of backing up, etc. So, I agree with Corporal and think it is a problem that can be improved.
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        06-11-2012, 11:33 PM
    Well, the mare's out for sure, at least. The seller was nice, and willing to answer a few questions, but evasive and pressuring me to come see her, rather than sending decent pictures or video. Something felt off, and I wasn't about to stick around to find out what. Ever get that vibe, the one that says run, even if you don't know why?

    As for the gelding, are we kind of coming to a conclusion that his conformation is a bit funky, and he may not really stay sound in regular work, or be able to do well with regular riding? Or are we just hashing out his faults, and how we feel about them, and he has pretty good potential overall? I'm kinda feeling that it's the first one, and I'd like to hear what you really think about him. He's priced as $900 obo, with the seller mentioning specifically that the price is negotiable to me...which is great, but if his conformation is all funky and limits him, I'm thinking that might cut into what I can do with him , and I don't want to end up with a retired 8 year old or something...
        06-20-2012, 03:57 PM
    Ok, so... I received a message from the seller of the gelding saying that he had been sold back to the previous owner. Bummer

    So on the show moves!

    Tell me what you think of this boy? I'm thinking his back legs look a bit off, but I'm not quite sure if he stands under himself or if he's sickle hocked or what. He's one of the nicer looking boys that I've found... but then again, I'm surfing Craigslist here- so you never know what will turn up. I just wish that they had taken the saddle off for his shots.
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        06-20-2012, 05:50 PM
    Hmm.. he looks built for the halter fad with those post legs. For WP he might do well; he is pretty balanced and but for his post legs seems built for the job. His legs could cause soundness issues in the future, but seeing as how I have never dealt with WP horses specifically in the long run, that is purely speculation.

    He is worth a look if you just want a steady WP or trail horse. Would like to see a video of him.
        06-20-2012, 10:40 PM
    I love his upper body, and then his legs... aren't the worse I've seen, I think, but still make me go hmmm. I'm not sure how they would effect him long term either. Is that all that going on there, he's just post legged, or are there other faults as well? I keep going back and forth, in one he looks camped under (facing left), and in the other he doesn't (facing right)- so which one is correct? Facing the left or right?

    Waiting to see video and will send it on to my instructor to see what she thinks.
        06-20-2012, 11:53 PM
    Video just came in...

    I see a horse that needs work, though he may settle down and make a decent pleasure horse one day. Nothing that's going to rock the western pleasure world, and not something that I would be willing to spend $2500 on, which is his current asking price. He may do ok in hunt seat classes, I think he would be decent at the local level as an all around horse.

    Would you say that you would agree or disagree with those thoughts? What do you see in him?
        06-21-2012, 12:04 AM
    Oh boy. Bless his heart, he is a sweet little guy.

    I wish the rider would quit leaning on his shoulder..

    Looking at his pics again amd watching this, he seems knock kneed, and/or toed out. He has a very exaggerated movement in his front legs which, I assume because his legs aren't straight, makes it hard for him to move. He looks unbalanced and stiff as well, but this could be the rider.

    His hind end isn't going to improve. He has a real hard time getting under himself because of the angle of his hocks and pasterns, and this puts him on his (probably ouchie) forehand.

    In the picture facing right, he stands "parked out." To me, he almost seems like he is a gaited cross from the way he flings his feet out to the side, bobs his head, and stands funny. But alas, I think what is REALLY going on here is the product of poor breeding. He is cute, but I think his conformation is going to get you marked down and maybe lame in the future.

    Sad, but I would pass, despite his cute face.
        06-21-2012, 12:28 AM
    Yeah, the video just kind of sealed that he wasn't really going to work for me. I do feel bad for him, he really seems to be willing to work and has the sweetest face, but all that can't make up for his faults. They said that he's been in work four days a week since he came to the barn, and I just can't help but wonder what it's doing for him.

    Pass on him, though I do hope that he can find a new home that can help him reach his potential.

    I need for something to come up on the big horse sites... I have yet to find a decent horse in my price range on one of them, and well, you all have seen what Craigslist turns up.... Of course, I have folks locally helping me search (which is probably where I'm going to find a horse- though one of those connections), but I like to just sift though the listing about once a week to see if anything pops up.
    The patience game, I'm not good at it. The right one will come along eventually...
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        06-29-2012, 12:55 AM
    Just an update to say that I have found my horse! My instructor left me a message to call her a few days ago about a prospect, and we went to see him today. I loved him! Hopefully we can get everything sorted out and official soon, so that he can come home.

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