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post #1 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Possibly adopting this horse

I know very little about conformation, if anything.

Few things I do know about this horse:

1. His feet are long. They are working on fixing up his toes because his previous owner, before she surrendered, didn't do a great job of upkeep on his feet.

2. He is 6 years old and has an INCREDIBLE personality. He is such a sweet, attentive horse, tries so hard. That's what drew me to him, despite if he has any conformation flaws. I might still adopt him unless someone tells me his flaws will make him unrideable early in life...

I also know these pictures aren't the best! I wasn't going for conformation pics when I or my husband took them..

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I will try to post videos soon, once I figure out how to do that....
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post #2 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 10:30 AM
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Can't judge conformation from those pictures. You need side shots taken at the level of the horse's barrel with the horse standing square.

He does have a pleasant expression though and looks like a sturdy fellow. Have you given him a test ride? Vet exam? What do you hope to do with him?
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post #3 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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I will be doing a "pre-purchase" exam before the adoption (It's actually part of the process). The trainer at the rescue has ridden him, but wants to get his feet in order before riding too hard. He was surrendered saying he was used extensively as a trail horse, and that's all I want to use him for. Trails and just pleasure riding.
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post #4 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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I will also be going tomorrow to the rescue and can take more pictures!
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post #5 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 10:38 AM
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Seems like a pleasant stocky little fellow, good conformation pictures would be a plus. Looks like he has nice sturdy legs.

Hope things work out for you.

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post #6 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 10:40 AM
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He reminds me of a rescue I did by the name of Butch. He was about the same conformation.. which is not perfect but serviceable.

Butch had been running wild on 300 acres and was reported to have been broke to ride. He was broke to halter and to tie (lead? not so much). I bought him for an outrageous price but it was kill price and a different market and the price was lower because no one could catch him. He had gone pretty wild.

Had a heckuva time getting him in a box stall and he was there for about 3 weeks with the only time he could eat with me there. At the end of 3 weeks he was looking for me and he earned the small paddock attached to his stall.

He was a rodeo the first time we did his feet.. but I kept at it and he was good. As to being broke to ride.. I saddled him up and got on and found no evidence of it. Soo.. I started him over.

He was not the handiest horse but he learned and was a good cow horse and general riding horse. The difference between Butch and this horse is Butch had a flaxen mane and tail.

I like what I see of this horse here. I think you are going the right way.
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post #7 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the responses! More pictures to come tomorrow :)
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post #8 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 10:52 AM
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He looks to have Trail Horse written all over him! : )

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post #9 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 10:52 AM
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As said before, it's hard to "do" a critique with those pics but I do like the look of him - there's something nice about him. And even if his conformation is wanting I suspect he'll hold up for trail riding (maybe not endurance) with a personality that will more than carry the day for you.
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post #10 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 11:54 AM
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He looks typical of the UK cob types that are the mainstay of Riding Schools and Trekking (Trail riding) Centres over there because they tend to go all day at the same steady pace and suit most riders
You're going to have a PPE done and will ride him yourself to see how he feels and as long as he passes those tests I see no reason not to give him a go
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