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post #11 of 27 Old 10-23-2012, 02:53 AM
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yep, more video. Just out of curiosity, what are they asking for her? How old is she? (maybe you said already)
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post #12 of 27 Old 10-23-2012, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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they are asking 2k, and she is 9. I sent the owners a message, so I hope they can oblige even with a short clip. I asked for trot, canter, and over an obstacle like a pole or thick branch, even a well done phone camera shot would be okay I think.

This is a picture of her dam, I think its where she gets her rear end from.

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post #13 of 27 Old 10-23-2012, 11:10 AM
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I'm honestly not seeing a long back on her. I think he short, thick, upright friesian neck is making her back look longer than it actually is. I put her picture next to a picture of my boy (Percheron/paint cross), who has a lovely short back, and they're very close to the same length.

I do agree that her hocks are a tad high, which if she were a jumper or barrel racer would be an issue, but as a trail horse, it's not going to be a huge issue.

I couldn't watch the video on my phone, but I will watch it when I get to work.
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post #14 of 27 Old 10-23-2012, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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And honestly, for I can currently do physically, I doubt I'll task her very hard :) Not for awhile anyway. If I can get her, all she'll be getting here is good hay 2x a day, and occasional pasturage, grain is for special days or workouts around this farm, lol.
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I take it back. That horse isn't tubby. She's downright obese! Holy heck! Finding a saddle to fit her is going to be a nightmare until she slims down (which is probably why they're riding her fat butt bareback).

I do agree with Tiny. Her front legs are set VERY wide apart, which will give her a very rolling gait...almost like you're on a small ship in the ocean. You can see it in the way she rolls in that video. It might be comfortable at a walk, but it'll be jackhammer at a trot. I worked with a friesian/QH cross mare at the Girl Scout horse camp that was built almost exactly like this girl. Her walk was beautiful and rolling, as was her canter, but her trot was like riding a jackhammer that took big strides. I had to school her after she dumped her rider on a trail ride (older woman who swore she knew how to ride horses, but apparently didn't) and I have NEVER been so sore after a ride in my entire life...and it wasn't the saddle.

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This is a gorgeous, well built horse! But she isn't built for riding, she is a pulling horse. You will be working against her conformation in getting her light on the front end.
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hmm.. so this really isn't a good idea, huh? As much as love her breeding and sweet temperment. It won't kill me to keep looking, but it will be depressing for awhile. No answer yet about some more video, but I imagine I'll get that this week sometime. I still think she is gorgeous, but I do need a usable mount for my only one. IF I had the option of having a second one,she would fit the bill nicely, and be the lovely lawn ornament she no doubt is now . :/
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It looked like it took her a lot to stop her. She was pulling for a good bit til the horse stopped. Then she didn't want to back. I would def want to see more too. See this horse saddled and trotting and cantering.
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I think she is an honest to god saint. Which is rarely a bad trait in a horse.

I also think she will need a lot of training to reschool her into lightness.

I don't see a whole lot wrong with her conformation, like all horses, she has a few weaknesses, but I don't see anything that glaringly jumps out at me as a soundness concern. She is FAR too fat, which isn't doing her looks any favors, or her movement... It won't be good for her health either.

The conformation photos of her are all at kind of odd angles, making it harder to see her for what she is.

I think... Before making that drive, I would be making sure to get more extensive video, but if you like her enough to make the drive, I wouldn't write her off.
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I think you should look for a horse closer to home but you can see before you buy . To me it's crazy to buy for sight unseen .
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