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post #1 of 8 Old 08-20-2013, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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OTTB critique needed! :)

Hi! I'm looking to adopt an OTTB, and would like some other opinions on one in particular to see if he's worth a look. He's 6 years old, 9 starts (2 wins), retired sound, got 6 months off the track before retraining, and has jumped up to 3ft (though not very many times). Goal would be to work toward lower level eventing (probably novice at the highest).

Please let me know your thoughts on conformation, movement, etc. Video and photos below. Thank you!! :)

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-20-2013, 08:46 PM
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We need stand still pictures for conformation. Sides, front, rear end. With him square
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I know everything costs more in Cali, but is a Green broke OTTB really worth 12-15k in your area? :o
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Originally Posted by Aesthetic View Post
We need stand still pictures for conformation. Sides, front, rear end. With him square
Will try to find some! Any thoughts from the video?
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-20-2013, 08:53 PM
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Will try to find some! Any thoughts from the video?
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I'm not an expert on english riding or how they see movement. I'm more or less good with just things that have to do with barrel racing :P
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-21-2013, 09:06 AM
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I like him but please see if you can get a better photo of him standing! I never understand why someone selling a horse puts up crappy photos!

In the riding he is heavy on the forehand but it is the way he is being ridden. He tries to be cadenced.. and would be better if his rider let the reins out a few notches and drove him FORWARD. A few times he gets forward and takes a couple of nice strides.. then he is back over bent and on the forehand. Rider is riding him front to back instead of t'other way 'round.

If she would ride him back to front he would look ever so much better! He has natural cadence.

I am not sure if he is worth the price. That is a lot of money (tho he is in the prime of life).

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-21-2013, 09:13 AM
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I personally wouldn't pay 12-15k for a horse at that skill level. Around here, it would be around 2-6k.. Jeez
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-21-2013, 09:23 AM
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Elana has it correct. A couple of thoughts. First, I think when you see a still shot form behind you will find the horse is either very cowhocked or base narrow. If you watch the vid, especially as te horse moves away, you can see where his hind feet track nearly in directly in front of each other. The rider also has the horse in what we refer to as a false frame. Sure, he LOOKS like he is on the bit when in actuality his head is in position but all the effort is on the forehand...she is not letting him stride out and he has no impulsion from behind. What this makes me wonder is just how much energy he may have that she is containing him.

I'd also like to see a more back to front riding. Even on the forehand he looks like he has decent movement but she is riding him with her hands so low to make it look like he is all calm and cool that she is sabotaging his movement.

Maybe terminally paranoid after seeing so many but I also think I see a little head bobbing going while he is tracking left..could be just the rider's hands and her constant asking for him to be on the bit but he doesn't look 100% "sound" even.
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