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post #1 of 44 Old 12-26-2012, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Found a Few Horses I Like For Sale...What Do You Think?

I am tentatively looking for a new competition partner after my beloved gelding, Rusty, permanently injured himself and has been retired. I found these two horses and just wondered what you guys think.

I'm an advanced beginner or a little more maybe, and I'm looking for something that I could take to the hunter or jumper rings and eventing possibly, as well as something that could mosey on down some trails. I'm not looking for a high end competitive horse, but I am looking for something that's reliable and safe but might be a little bit challenging...bascially...I don't want a deadhead. I want something that can last my experience level for a while. So can you guys give me your general thoughts on these horses? I'll link the ads and some videos.

Soo...this first one is a 10 or 11 year old Appendix gelding. In addition to the ad, the trainer says that he is schooled at 2'9.
AD: Horse ID: 1837578 - Kirby

The second horse I sort of like is a TB/Connemara cross. But the owner told me she has a windswept leg but it has never affected her soundness, even in regular jumping and dressage training for 5 years. What to make of that?

AD: Horse ID: 1809644 - Scarlet Dawn

The last horse I like is this 11 year old Standardbred. The only thing that I might dislike is that he is a little antsy on trails without another horse, but I think that could be cured fairly easily as I make riding on the roads part of my routine.

AD: Dressage and Jumper Gelding

Thanks for your input.

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post #2 of 44 Old 12-26-2012, 10:18 PM
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I like the standardbred. He moves nice and seems really honest at jumping.
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post #3 of 44 Old 12-26-2012, 10:26 PM
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I like the little grey, the first one, the most.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 44 Old 12-26-2012, 11:13 PM
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if someone admits to a horse being a "little antsy", be careful, maybe he's more than a little. Be certain to take him out on the trails alone before you buy him. It can be REALLY difficult to find a horse who will be safe and reliable on trails by himself. In my opinion, that could potentially be your greatest challenge.

I'd go look at all of them, ride all of them, and try to arrange for a trial before buying :)
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post #5 of 44 Old 12-27-2012, 12:10 AM
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I like the grey the best, but in the video his trot looks either restricted or like he is off in the hind end.

I like the standardbred, but I would look at him moving freely if you can because his canter in his dressage test looked odd to me. I also agree that if they say antsy, it can mean fruity, so look into that.

Based on things the rider does with her, I would be willing to bet that the tbx needs more schooling than they are letting on, or they have rushed her and left holes. In both canter videos, you can see the rider have to set her up very deliberately with wide low hands to ask for the lead.
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post #6 of 44 Old 12-27-2012, 12:31 AM
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I liked the grey OK but not $4K worth. I didn't like the TBx at all. Heavy on the forehand, throws her head up before the canter depart, rushing the fences......bleh. The Standie is the one I thought looked most promising IF he's not a total nutter out on trail. I would make any purchase contingent on your ability to ride him out by yourself, and feel safe on him. Otherwise, I'd keep looking.

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post #7 of 44 Old 12-27-2012, 01:10 AM
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The grey. He is willing, steady and his very much improveable gaits. The standardbred is ok , but jumps in a labored way. He has to throw his head up to get his feet over. The grey is a nice little horse who I bet is fun to ride and will probably make a good trail horse, too.

The Connemara is not free in her hind (barely reaches under herself ), which is a shame because that mix is oftena a great one.

go for the grey.
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post #8 of 44 Old 12-27-2012, 08:42 AM
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My vote is for the Standardbred of the 3 that you posted. His Canter is a bit funny but my guess he was a pacer and he needs more work at it. I agree with the others about riding him first to make sure he isn't a nut case on trails. It is quite possible his owner is just honest and wants the best placement for him as well but... don't count on it. Always assume they are dishonest until proven otherwise. Sad that one has to be that way but... I learned the hard way not to just trust others. I bet most folks that make that comment did the same at some point in their lives. Goog Luck.
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post #9 of 44 Old 12-27-2012, 10:41 AM
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I like the standardbred. The TBx is okay, just something I wouldn't choose. I really didn't like the appendix, Am I the only one that thinks he is really awkward looking? Maybe I am just crazy but he looks like he got the QH body with long gangly TB legs.

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post #10 of 44 Old 12-27-2012, 10:58 AM
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the only one i would go look at would be the grey, he looks promising and his slight unbalance around corners i would attribute to the way he is being ridden. he is being restricted and not allowed to move forward. she how the riders hands are planted and her body is moving a lot ? he is not quite in front of the leg enough and hes slightly on the forehand. these are things that can easily be fixed, and $4k is a great price for him, you can probably even talk them down because it seems like the need to sell.

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