I am looking at getting an OTTB for an eventing project. I talked to the trainer on this guy and am trying to decide if I want to go see him (he's a few hours away). He's a 4 year old, 16.3h gelding that has had 13 starts (last race was 3 months ago), and he's been at the trainer's farm ever since. He's for sale through CANTER. The trainer says he's calm and just disinterested in racing. He does have a mild heart murmur that they found at one of the vet inspections. Not a total deal breaker for me, as I've known a lot of eventing horses that had murmurs and competed at the upper levels, but it is something I would want another vet check on because out of three vet checks, only one diagnosed the murmur. These are the only two pictures that I was able to find but he did send me some (truly poor quality) videos that I'm linking here. From the little information I have, what do you all think about him eventing? Lower levels, probably no higher than training level.
The videos are worthless as the resolution is so poor.
He looks nice enough but is a bit steep through the shoulder. He has decent bone and substance but he may be a bit ewe necked. Hard to tell with the mane where it is.
Not sure how high a level you want to acheive. He may lack scope for the really high levels but I would go and see him.
I can't watch the videos due to my internet connection, but here's what I gather from the pictures:
The picture makes him look like he has a less then amicable personality due to his ear position and his general expression. His eyes also look a little small. (This might have just been the way he was in the picture)
His ewe neck attaches to a too-upright shoulder. His back appears decent in length but to me, looks a little weak in the coupling. His hind quarters look all right although he is downhill.
His position makes it difficult to effectively judge his front legs but to me, his angles look decent. On his back legs, I am rather worried: he appears post-legged and his hind pasterns look too long and sloping.
This horse will be able to compete at low levels, but I have serious concerns regarding his long-term soundness.