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        11-12-2013, 11:11 PM
    Give this horse another year or two along with dressage work and we will see a different horse. His long pasterns are typical of a TB.
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        11-12-2013, 11:43 PM
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Give this horse another year or two along with dressage work and we will see a different horse. His long pasterns are typical of a TB.
    Muscle won't change skeletal conformation. Long pasterns are prone to injury - especially suspensory injuries. Ask me how I know.
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        11-13-2013, 12:03 AM
    I don't like him. He's very delicate in all the wrong places and his angles are bad all the way around. Super short neck, super long back, super long pasterns, super fine bones, very steep croup, weak coupled. Also appears that he might have a slight roach back though that could be the combination of him being racing fit, his coloring, and the shadow of the overhead cable running down his back.

    Either way, if I were looking for a horse to compete on, in anything, I'd keep looking.

    If he's got a good mind, he might have a long career as a plodding trail horse but I'd be terrified to try anything strenuous with him.
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        11-13-2013, 12:22 AM
    I would go for it if you want a training project to sell as a trail horse or a horse for light work. I think they are asking too much money. Although he may look better with some weight, his legs are so thin!
        11-13-2013, 12:32 AM
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    Conformation is not always Good or Bad. Some things that are good for racing aren't good for team penning, or dressage. Good for pulling a wagon might not be good for jumping . I tend to lean toward a horse that is going to be sturdy and have, hopefully, fewer issues with soundness. There are reasons why many of us are doubtful this horse will be one you can rely on to stay sound. But, he might be fast, if that's what you are looking for.
        11-13-2013, 03:30 PM
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    I think maybe his stance is making him look worse than he is. YES he has long sloping pasterns. Too long really. His gaskin is light.. too light (I have circled it). He is not built real down hill. His neck is a bit low set on top and looks short but it may be better when he drops his head some. His shoulder lays back nicer than nice.. and he has nice angle. His hind cannons are offset to the rear beneath his hocks which are a bit small IMO. His feet need serious work. Shorter toes and longer heels. His stance is awful awful stiff.. and they caught him like that with the camera. Maybe he is really hot.. and difficult too.

    I keep going back to those pasterns... and the hocks. I would not mind trying him in dressage but those hocks are light. I think about jumping but those pasterns are weak for that.
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        11-13-2013, 04:09 PM
    You can find far better OTTBs for your money. Its never the cost of the horse, it's the upkeep. Those long pasterns are the first thing my eye went to. Second were the skimpy hind legs.

    Here are some nice ones:

    A nice grey Unbridled Numbers - 3YO 16.1hh Grey Gelding

    A nice bay 4 y o UPDATE 11/5/13: Price Reduced!! Jailbreak Charlie

    A bay 6 y o mare with foxhunting experience Eat Cake

    7 y o bay gelding Nearly There, 7 year old 16.3 h bay gelding | Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds
        11-13-2013, 04:31 PM
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    I agree totally with Elana's post - nothing to add to that
    What I do think is that as prices of all horses are dropping at this time of year you would do far better to forget these OTTB's that have had no rehab work done and come with all sorts of physical and mental baggage and go and look at some horses that you can actually get on and ride & are already showing potential in the jumping or dressage you are interested in doing
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        11-13-2013, 04:51 PM
    One more Canter cutie Park Rules
        11-13-2013, 06:23 PM
    Of the horses Weezilla pointed out, I'm a big fan of Eat Cake. She's priced pretty well and already has significant experience off the track. If the next horse I'm looking at doesn't work out, I really want to go see her :)

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