Originally Posted by 16HHPocketPony View Post
Hi all! I have been looking at a 12 YO paint mare for purchase as a trail horse, English pleasure horse, and potentially a lower level hunter-jumper. More than that though I'm looking for a gentle, sweet horse that can be my friend and partner, so conformation flaws are not all that big of a deal. Thanks ahead of time!
Not going to lie...the second picture is just for cutes (but I'm sure all you conformation genius's can get something from it!
). Look at that wittle face!!! Oh no..I'm in love.
She's built a little downhill, which predisposes her to be heavy on the forehand. Not a real issue except that she may put some strain on your neck and shoulders while you try to get her to lighten up. She'll only be able to do just SO much of that because of her build. Not a reason to not buy her, IMO, unless you wanted a Grand Prix Dressage horse. She might not be the smoothest ride in town but for hunt seat where you mostly post, not really a problem. Canter might be a little heavy. I'm commenting on this because I have a QH that is very heavy on the forehand and built downhill too, it's something that seems to run in the stock breeds, and since I'm used to riding Arabs who are not generally heavy my neck and shoulders HURT and I've gotten muscle spasms after riding the QH.
She's a little sickle hocked and camped under, but if she's too straight and posty legged it's not good either, so you kind of have to pick your poison.
She's straight in the shoulder, so going to have kind of a choppy gait would be my guess, not real free in the shoulder for long extensions. Again, not a reason not to buy unless you want to do upper level dressage, which you say you don't.
Her back is a tad long for my taste and can be a weakness that eventually could lead to being unridable. Not a HUGE issue, my old QH had the same thing and I rode him til he was 28 with no problems, just something to watch out for.
If she's got the training you want and the personality and attitude that you need right now, go for it! She's very cute!
And I forgot to mention, I prejudiced, I am a total SUCKER for a chestnut overo......recently went to a sale to buy a BAY with little to NO white and lookie what I brought home: