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post #1 of 8 Old 11-10-2012, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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irish draught critique

What do you guys think of this guy?! Any noticeable conformation issues that initially pop out? We picked him up a few weeks ago- free on craigslist. He is full irish draught, 10 years old, with papers. His owner wanted him to go to a good home, which was why he was free. 110% sound, and sweet to boot!
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-10-2012, 08:16 PM
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What?! This has got to be the best find in the history of Craigslist!

He is an absolutely stunning animal. I can't tell much about his conformation with those pictures except that it's probably very good. Look at him drive from behind with those perfectly dappled legs! Man, I am so jealous.

I am here to learn! :)

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-10-2012, 08:16 PM
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Can't tell much from these photos (need still shots with the horse set up correctly).

I like what I see and would love to see someone do a little dressage with this guy! What are your plans?

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-10-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation critique with a shot of him moving- what was I thinking?! I should have specified about looking for feedback on his movement... I need to get a few still shots, it's just so fun watching him move!
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He is definitely going to do some dressage! He has also proven to have some springs in legs- instead of walking through the gate to get to the next pasture he took a shortcut and hopped the 4 foot fence... so adding a little jumping along with some good mountain trail riding will hopefully keep him busy!
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-10-2012, 09:40 PM
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Free??!! Are you SURE he's 100% sound and sane? Did you have him vetted? I'd be nervous - that type of horse around here, assuming it was broken in and quiet under saddle would sell for 5k+ easily.
Have you ridden him yet?
I do hope you got the bargain of the century and not something dangerous or with a hidden health issue. Sorry, devils advocate but having been bitten by sellers on a few occasions I tend to err on the side of caution.

As far as conformation/paces, a video of him moving and a few shots of him squared up will be extremely beneficial. You can get a good photo of any horse moving if you're quick enough - horses with zero bend through the hock normally can have a moment of excitement and exhibit some bend.
I'd love to see some video, as I suspect he *may* struggle to lower behind in the more collected work. But I may well be wrong. Video would be useful!

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@ Kayty: yep- vetted out! He was previously owned by a wonderful vet tech- had regular trims, teeth floated when necessary, sheath cleaned 2x yearly- she really provided excellent care and clearly really really loved him! I was absolutely as skeptical as you were initially- nothing this nice is ever free, I was convinced there was a catch! She had had him since he was two, and felt like she couldn't give him the attention he deserved. He's been poked, prodded, pushed (with toys, blankets, flags, tarps, balloons, loud noises- didn't bat an eye)- he's just a good guy who wants to be with people. This biggest thing I was concerned with was how he would handle being turned out with a herd, cause he was living by himself (was a stud until the age of 6). He made a beautiful transition, and has flourished now that he gets to play with horsey buddies. Bonding with a real herd, if anything, has made it that much easier for him to bond with us. His ground manners needed a little tweaking, but he is a VERY quick learner and has learned how he needs to handle himself on the ground and what respect means- took about 5 minutes with a dressage whip and rope halter. Having only had him a month, we still treat him with some "colt gloves" per se, as we continue to get to know him. But his willing attitude, gentle nature, and sensibility, we are excited to see how far we can take him!
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-10-2012, 10:07 PM
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Wow ... congrats on a great find! He looks fantastic.
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