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post #1 of 11 Old 02-13-2013, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on this mare? possible buy

Alright so I am in the market for a new riding horse. I ran across this girl and went to check her out. She has a great start on her and comes out of some pretty nice lines. She is a tad younger than I was looking for and going to be a little taller than I had hoped. She has a great disposition and moves decent enough in my opinion but im no expert. They are asking $2000 which is at the top end of my budget. Based on conformation do you think she's worth it?

DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1846214 - Dolly

Quiet 3 year old mare for sale - Dolly - YouTube

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-13-2013, 03:26 PM
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I'd say $1500-2000 is a good price for her. Even greenbroke, in my area (cowboy country) she'd easily bring at least that, maybe even $2500-3000.
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She is a bit downhill but I suspect she could still level out since she is only 3. I don't like her legs. She has very short, upright pasterns. Which is probably why her trot looks so bouncy in the video. She also looks a tad sickle hocked. Overall nothing too terrible. She looks like she has some halter blood in her.

You never said what you plan on doing with her if you buy her. Are you planning on showing or just pleasure/trail riding? She is priced as a show prospect and $2000 seems about right but around here she might only sell for $1500.

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She is a bit downhill but I suspect she could still level out since she is only 3. I don't like her legs. She has very short, upright pasterns. Which is probably why her trot looks so bouncy in the video. She also looks a tad sickle hocked. Overall nothing too terrible. She looks like she has some halter blood in her.

You never said what you plan on doing with her if you buy her. Are you planning on showing or just pleasure/trail riding? She is priced as a show prospect and $2000 seems about right but around here she might only sell for $1500.
Yes I am planning on mostly pleasure/trail riding I may do a show here or there but it would only be for the enjoyment of it. I am not looking for a major show winner im not in the least bit competitive.
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I do not do not like the fact that they filmed a sale video with her in a training fork. That would worry me that she relies on it and gets all out of sorts without it. I would certainly ask questions about that.

She is cute, I like her for the price.
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I do not do not like the fact that they filmed a sale video with her in a training fork. 3 years old and still has to be rode in a training fork? That would worry me that she relies on it and gets all out of sorts without it. I would certainly ask questions about that.

She is cute, I like her for the price.

I am not sure that she actually needs it. I rode her and it didnt seem to be there for any reason. she kept her head low without asking. Maybe I should try her without it though
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Yes I am planning on mostly pleasure/trail riding I may do a show here or there but it would only be for the enjoyment of it. I am not looking for a major show winner im not in the least bit competitive.
If I were you I would look for a horse who is a bit older than her with some trail experience that is built less like a halter horse. You might still end up paying $1500-$2000 but it will be for a reliable trail mount with hours on him. Not too mention probably built more for what you are planning to do. I would look for something with foundation or cowhorse bloodlines. They would be more sure footed and sturdy. Just my 2 cents.

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If I were you I would look for a horse who is a bit older than her with some trail experience that is built less like a halter horse. You might still end up paying $1500-$2000 but it will be for a reliable trail mount with hours on him. Not too mention probably built more for what you are planning to do. I would look for something with foundation or cowhorse bloodlines. They would be more sure footed and sturdy. Just my 2 cents.
Yes I do agree with you there. I have two others im going to look at this weekend. I really liked her because she reminds me of my first horse in build and movement and I adored him. I am certainly not jumping into anything until im absolutly sure its a good fit for me. I am just not super good at judging conformation. I can tell you if its absolutly horrible but Im not good with little details.
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She is not even 3 yet. She'll be three in April.

I , too, was disturbed to see that what rope thing snap-snapping on her mouth. Wayta kill any forward thought in a young horse.

She is back at the knee a little and has upright pasterns, but for pleasure riding , she'd be fine. Buy her and take her out of that miserable training gizmo.
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I am not sure that she actually needs it. I rode her and it didnt seem to be there for any reason. she kept her head low without asking. Maybe I should try her without it though
Just for curiosity sake it would be a good idea to get on her without it.
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