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post #1 of 21 Old 06-04-2014, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Possible Purchase Critique!:)

Hi I've been horse hunting for a while and for a while nothing has come up. I saw an ad for a cob gelding for sale at €1500. He's 5yr, borken and riding and the ad says good r beginners (such as me!). Some thing about him caught my eye. To be honest I think he is ADORABLE! Plus he's a very unique colour!
Anyway would like your opinion on him and if you think I should check him out. I thought I should should because if he's what the seller says he isthen
he's pretty reasonably priced!

I'll give you the links to his ad and his YouTube video :

hhttp:/http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=hq07uzQbEQM his video

http:/http://www.donedeal.ie/horses-...ounder/6993477 his ad on donedeal!

Thanks in advance, please reply and tell me his faults and good parts!
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-04-2014, 09:54 AM
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post #3 of 21 Old 06-04-2014, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry, I must have typed it wrong! Sorry!

Here they are again(and hopefully they will work!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlITdq-y4hg his youtube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq07uzQbEQM his other video

great allrounderÂ*For Sale in Limerick - DoneDeal.ie his ad on DoneDeal

Please reply and say what you think about him and whether or not I should go and view him! Thanks!
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post #4 of 21 Old 06-04-2014, 11:34 AM
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He's not talented at anything, moves with a high head and hollow back. He need some dressage training to get him moving in collection. His attitude seems good and he's at a good age to begin serious training. At 15hh you can't expect him to excel in jumping and he's not really hunter material. I don't know how prices go in your area so you'll have to decide if the asking price is in line for what you'd be getting which is basically a started horse.
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post #5 of 21 Old 06-04-2014, 11:45 AM
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He has only been under saddle for 9 months and is clearly green. By 'novice', I think they mean novice show riders...so people doing low jumps, WTC, etc very comfortably. His temperament is nice, yes, but I don't think he is a beginners horse yet. He is strung out at the canter, high headed.

He isn't a bad horse at all. Will be lovely if so some one steps in and gives him proper training for another few months, bbutnot now for a a beginner. How 'beginner' are you? I wouldn't suggest this horse to anyone who couldn't send him to 2-3 months of training to finish him, and who could take lessons with him at least one a week for a long time. I don't suggest him at all to someone so doesn't WTC stirrypless and with stirrups yet.
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I not a complete novice, I can walk trot canter and gallop( also with no stirrups) and my highest jump was 1m along with crossrails, straight poles, bounces, doubles, triples and spreads.
I have also been xc (not competitive) and some very basic dressage.
I am going to ride whichever horse i buy in lessons every week maybe once or twice a week aldo hacking etc.
Thanks for your critique! :-D
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-04-2014, 12:24 PM
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He needs some work but he could turn into a great horse!
he needs collection, hes NOT soft in the mouth at all, he pulls against the bit, Hes cute though and if i was looking for a project i would be very interested!
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He has only been under saddle for 9 months - he has promise, but I wouldn't call him a beginners horse by any stretch. He is very strung out, head in the air, not using himself at all. He needs some retraining. However if he is close and you and your trainer can go see and test ride him and then feel he fits your skill level then he might be a good project horse. He is cute, but no good conformation photo to judge his structure from.
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post #9 of 21 Old 06-04-2014, 07:29 PM
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He looks nice, there were a few strides, not any and not often, where it looked like he cam under himself for a split second.

If your going to have lessons I'd say go for it, get him vet checked and maybe even get your instructor out or some one with horse knowledge, with you when you try him.

He looks cute though, he won't be a world Olympic horse, but if your happy staying low level he'd be more then suitable, I think.
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Honey, you ARE a beginner. I'm 56yo, an owner/trainer for 29 years and I have spent 26 as an American Civil War Reenactor--rough riding--as well as many trail riding vacations and loads of experiences. You may be a good rider with a decent seat, but you have NO IDEA what will scare a horse with only 9 months of training and this horse will throw you in a heartbeat if frightened. You only see arena work in the ad. It takes thousands of hours under saddle and many experiences to make a safe horse. "Novice" DOES mean a training level, not an inexperienced rider.
PLEASE keep looking. You need a been there/down that horse that will take care of you and forgive you when you make mistakes, so you can become a really good rider.
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