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post #1 of 6 Old 05-09-2012, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Critique possible buys

Okay so these buys aren't actually for me, but I had a friend recently lose two of her lesson horses at her barn and she needs to replace them. (Don't ask, long, long story....Was definitely NOT her fault...)

So I told her I would help her look since she is very busy. I have been perusing the classifieds. Nothing is for certain yet, but no harm in getting a start on our search.

Basically we are just looking for a horse that knows its stuff. Doesn't have to be perfect, but close. The barn owner would be able to fix and make willing horses into lesson horses over the summer (She has assured me we are in NO rush....)

So without further ado.

Horse #1 Horse ID: 1782743 - Black Extacy

Horse #2 (I wish they had said what level of rider had been riding this one...) Horse ID: 1759082 - CHASES BLACK GOLD

Horse #3 Horse ID: 1788297 - IMA BIG SENSATION

Horse #4 Horse ID: 1788232 - Cal Bar Dan

Okay I will post more as I find them. Age isn't a factor so long as they are in shape. Levels of rider go from beginner to advanced...She still has three or four dead broke lesson horses to use for now. Most of her lessonees bring their own.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-09-2012, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Fyi laptop isn't letting me watch videos right now so I haven't seen them....

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I would probably choose the second one- he not only has the most information, but he looks like he's a very calm horse. The first, you don't get much out of her video, although she looks promising. The third just doesn't have that much information. The fourth looks alright, although he's pretty tall for a lesson horse- would the height matter?
I think the safest bet is the second, followed by the first, then the third, and lastly, the fourth, although they're all worth looking at, if you can, to make the final decision.
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I liked the second guy a lot calm-wise. The one thing I would be a little concerned about with him is that he doesn't look very...polished(?) I guess for a horse with the supposed amount of training her's had. Also, his trot (I only watched about halfway through the video), I felt like I might have seen a little head bob in there? I couldn't really tell but from the way that lady was posting, it seemed like his trot might be rough. For me, I would want a lesson horse with smooth gaits - at least for beginners.

The first mare, in the water she reminded me of Lacey: "I'm doing this becuase you're forcing me but anyone else, NO WAY!" I was a smidge put off by that attitude I could "feel" because with Lacey, nothing is going to happen unless "Captain" (aka Lacey in "Ima teach you GOOOOD" mode) says so. It isn't the best trait for a long term lesson horse. I manage it ok with Lacey but she does burn out quickly if I override "Captain" too often. That can, however, be a GREAT personality trait for a horse working with beginners - no accidental anythings.
I wish they had a longer video of her. She sounded really cute from the ad) however, I was a little concerned by the "She needs to go to someone who will bond with her" line. In my experience, horses that need a bond, like it sounds like she might, don't seem to do well in a larger lesson program (they get a little...unhinged...). I don't know how your friend runs it though, maybe she's better than most I've seen... She might be really great though, she certainly sounds good with kids and she's adorable!

The others, couldn't tell much. :/
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-11-2012, 11:01 AM
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I would go for the first horse or the 4th. Dont really like the confo on the 2nd but it depends what type of rider will be handling these horses.
The last one sounds (trusting the owners words) to be the calmest and i've seen many little kids riding tall horses. Plus his height would make him versatile for any bigger men that might want to ride.

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-11-2012, 03:38 PM
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The second horse has something quite wrong with his left hind hock and leg. First horse looks OK.. lot of flash is you like that sort of thing. Last horse looks OK.. and the third horse looks OK.

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