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Which OTTB mare would you pick?

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        11-04-2013, 11:59 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    I wish I could have the first mare with the second mare's color and age LOL. I was looking for a chestnut TB mare with some chrome. But, whatever, color doesn't matter.
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        11-04-2013, 12:10 PM
      #12
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    I liked the way the brown mare moved over the chestnut but she is an older horse and has likely done more basic work
    The chestnut maybe moves not so well because she's on the forehand all the time and looks as if she's 'running' from in front rather than using her hind quarters to push her forward - she's a green horse so I wonder how much better she would look after a few months of good schooling?
         
        11-04-2013, 12:26 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I was already voting for #1 when I read this
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    She is a nice big COUCH! Very comfortable, very honest jumper.
    gets my vote! Then I watched the videos and still voting for #1
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        11-05-2013, 08:22 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jaydee    
    I liked the way the brown mare moved over the chestnut but she is an older horse and has likely done more basic work
    The chestnut maybe moves not so well because she's on the forehand all the time and looks as if she's 'running' from in front rather than using her hind quarters to push her forward - she's a green horse so I wonder how much better she would look after a few months of good schooling?
    Interesting thought . . . I do wonder that, too. She was only restarted in the beginning of October. However, the brown mare was also restarted at about the same time, and had not been worked since she came off the track at about four or five.
         
        11-06-2013, 08:01 AM
      #15
    Foal
    How exciting for you!

    One thing to consider is how much you will attempt to teach this horse that they don't already know - if it's a lot, an older horse is going to have a harder physical time due to increasing stiffness, joint pain, etc., especially off the track. An older horse is also going to require more in the way of supplements and your time with stretching and joint care, no matter what their history or ability level. Any way you slice it, unless you're only pursuing gentle pleasure riding, that likely means a new horse in a few years... not suggesting one or the other, but food for thought if you haven't considered these questions. I am a huge fan of OTTBs, but unfortunately a lot of them come up needing homes regularly, so I wouldn't settle for anything that isn't *nearly* exactly what you are looking for, within reason - you will be doing something great whenever you find him or her.

    Good luck, and please let us know what you decide!
         
        11-06-2013, 09:28 AM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by EliRose    
    Interesting thought . . . I do wonder that, too. She was only restarted in the beginning of October. However, the brown mare was also restarted at about the same time, and had not been worked since she came off the track at about four or five.
    I think it might be more that the brown horse is older so is naturally more developed on its topline - and looks to be in slightly better condition too. The young mare will build up a lot more - she doesn't appear to have a downhill conformation and has good quarters - her front end and neck will improve with work and a bit more weight on her
    Its very hard to tell without riding them both but I'm going to differ from everyone else and say I would buy the chestnut - I think she might have the potential to school on to be a much better horse than she rides at present, she has a lot more riding years in front of her - and she sounds to have a really good attitude too
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        11-07-2013, 11:15 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    Well . . . Not getting the brown mare. Someone else offered over asking for her and she was sold.

    Still seeing the chestnut Friday, though.
         
        11-07-2013, 11:43 AM
      #18
    Super Moderator
    Life has a funny way of steering us sometimes!!!
    Good luck with the viewing - don't forget to report back!!
         
        11-07-2013, 12:12 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    After speaking to the owner, I've decided not to even go tomorrow. She is being ridiculous and unbearably rude. Plenty of other horses without having to deal with this nonsense.
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        11-07-2013, 12:16 PM
      #20
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by EliRose    
    After speaking to the owner, I've decided not to even go tomorrow. She is being ridiculous and unbearably rude. Plenty of other horses without having to deal with this nonsense.
    Good call, move on, there are lots of great horses out there, some don't have crazy owners
         

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