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post #1 of 10 Old 10-24-2012, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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possiblr buy, grade gelding

pleasw critique this 2 yo gelding, i really like his attitude.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-24-2012, 09:48 AM
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He is weak and weedy even for a two year old. He may improve a bit with age.. but he is tied in below the knee, light boned, long in the back, has a low neck set and a ewe neck. He has decent angles in his hind leg but the hind leg comes from an undersized, under muscled butt and a short hip.

I like his color.

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post #3 of 10 Old 10-24-2012, 09:54 AM
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What Elana said.

He is cute but I wouldn't have him if you PAID me to. That's simply not conformation that lends a horse to long-term usefulness.

And no, I'm not against odd/dodgy conformation, my gelding is shocking. Only things right about him are his neck, shoulder, and overall uphill-ness. But he is 17, been heavily used, and is perfectly sound, so I can look past his many flaws.

With a 2yo you really never know if they will stay sound or not. I wouldn't take the risk. My well-built 2yo is looking like possibly being totally unsound, and she is really quite nice, so no way would I take the risk on a horse that's built that poorly.

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OMG......words fail me. Ummmm, he's got nice spots?

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I'm gonna say something nice :P I love his sweet face, he looks like a doll. His back, though long, looks nice. He has a nice chest and his neck could improve a bit with some muscle. In fact all of him would look better if he had some muscle.

My only thought is that he's 2 years old, he may grow into himself better as he grows which would be great - but until then you've got a fairly weak backed horse. I would NOT ride him until at least 3.5-4 years, maybe very light walking work at 3 but no real riding. And for the rest of his life I wouldn't recommend any hard physical labor. You can still do all the ground work and line-driving with him until he's old enough, but I wouldn't ride that horse till he's solid.
If your plans for him is to be a trail/leisure horse his personality is what matters most. But if you want speed, strength or a competitive horse or a horse you can ride right away, this isn't the one for you.
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Sorry, but he looks like a sausage with legs to me, and that neck, oy vey! Nothing about him screams 'quality animal'.

He's a nice color. That's all I got.

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Well, I think he's cute.....yes, he has some issues, but it certainly helps that he's a purty color. Main concerns would be price and what you intend to do with him. As a pleasure/trail horse, attitude is IMO just as (maybe even more) important than conformation.
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-24-2012, 11:00 AM
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If his attitude is great, and you have the time, and he is the right price, I would give him a chance. I have seen some fugly 2 year olds turn into nice horses. I dont know that he will stand up well to hard work, but with a great attitude he might make an amazing kids horse, which are hard to find.
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-24-2012, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Lol thanks guys, i do ride somewhat competitively. He lives across the street and he seems like a nice boy but you are right he lpoks totally wonky. I think im gonna pass....
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It could be just a really unfortunate photo, but I have to admit that my first thought was "at least he's a gelding..." I mean he is cute... As in he has cute markings and a sweet looking face, but I don't see him as a standout competitive riding horse, in any discipline.
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