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post #1 of 13 Old 08-12-2013, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Potential Buys - Yay or Nay? (Pics!)

I am looking to buy another horse, and I have my eyes locked onto four of em. I know, I know, I can't even fit four more in my barn. So unfortunately I have to choose one. I'm stuck. What do you guys think on their conformation and stuff? I plan on using it for ranch work, and trails, and a little bit of road-journeying. So nothing too strenuous.

First up is an 11 year old French Canadian Mare that I'm absolutely IN LOVE WITH. She's 16 hands and RUGGED. A little over weight but nothing a little work can't fix.. Broke to western. They want $1250 for her and are selling because they can't take care of her anymore.







Second is a beautifully put together Registered Quarter Horse Mare. I love her build, absolutely love it. She's five years old and broke to western.



And third, a thirteen year old grade mare they are selling for $300. Broke but not ridden for 2 years. Almost fifteen hands. I don't really like her, but I feel bad for her. She's underweight and I can see her spine, she looks like a sweetheart. Her legs look a tad strange as well.



And fourth, a real beaut. She's three years old, broke for trails in western apparel. Sire is Percheron/Quarter Horse, and dam was standardbred. 15 hands and still growing. The owners are retiring and want to sell her for $750. I think she's going to be a steal of a deal.



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Ask yourself what you want.

Horse #1 is gorgeous - have you been out to try her? With that much action, she probably won't have a very smooth gait to her. If you're trail riding, that may not be ideal. I like her build, but want to see another conformation photo or two - she may just be tucking her tail, otherwise I see a slight roach back.

Horse #2 is a "safe bet" as far as it goes. Nothing spectacular in looks or conformation, has a kind face and eye.

Horse #3 is a project, long term. She could be a bit of a diamond in the rough, but she's going to need TLC and her resale value at the end of the day means you're in the hole whatever you put into her.

Horse #4 is a young greenie who will need lots of wet saddle blankets. She will not be a horse you can just get on and go and not have a care in the world, you will have to be attentive and realize that you're either training or untraining this horse - true of any horse, yes, but especially so on a youngster. You will have to be on your game every moment for a while. I have an exceptionally trainable 3 year old who was "born broke" - you just don't let your guard down till they have miles on them.

Each horse is totally different - you have to decide what you want.


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Ask yourself what you want.

Horse #1 is gorgeous - have you been out to try her? With that much action, she probably won't have a very smooth gait to her. If you're trail riding, that may not be ideal. I like her build, but want to see another conformation photo or two - she may just be tucking her tail, otherwise I see a slight roach back.

Horse #2 is a "safe bet" as far as it goes. Nothing spectacular in looks or conformation, has a kind face and eye.

Horse #3 is a project, long term. She could be a bit of a diamond in the rough, but she's going to need TLC and her resale value at the end of the day means you're in the hole whatever you put into her.

Horse #4 is a young greenie who will need lots of wet saddle blankets. She will not be a horse you can just get on and go and not have a care in the world, you will have to be attentive and realize that you're either training or untraining this horse - true of any horse, yes, but especially so on a youngster. You will have to be on your game every moment for a while. I have an exceptionally trainable 3 year old who was "born broke" - you just don't let your guard down till they have miles on them.

Each horse is totally different - you have to decide what you want.
Thank you! I have not been out to try anyof them yet, as most are a good two or three hour drive away. I do have my eye on that Canadian. She's just so thick I love it.
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Well, I'd have to buy #3 just to keep them from tying her out on a frickin' CHAIN!
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Well, I'd have to buy #3 just to keep them from tying her out on a frickin' CHAIN!
Oh I know, I was pretty upset when I saw that. Not only is it unconventional, but its highly DANGEROUS. I really don't need another project though..
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Thank you! I have not been out to try anyof them yet, as most are a good two or three hour drive away. I do have my eye on that Canadian. She's just so thick I love it.
Be aware of that potentially roached back. In that one photo, she may just be sucked up and/or cold and/or tucking her tail, but I suspect that isn't the case.

Try the horses out - except the 13 year old.. don't want to ride in that condition - and see what you end up liking.


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I like the fourth horse the best. I think she has the most long term potential

1. Roached back . May be such an easy keeper that you could have issues wtih metabolic problems in feet. Saddle fit could also be a challenge.

2. I like this hrose, too.

3. Agree that it might be diamond in the rough. Cannot see much from that photo.

4. Looks sturdy, bright, porportioned well and young , so that you can color her as you would . The more empty canvas, so to speak.
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Oh I know, I was pretty upset when I saw that. Not only is it unconventional, but its highly DANGEROUS. I really don't need another project though..
I like 4. I have my own perch cross, a good girl.

But , being young, isn't she kinda a project too?

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Be aware of that potentially roached back. In that one photo, she may just be sucked up and/or cold and/or tucking her tail, but I suspect that isn't the case.

Try the horses out - except the 13 year old.. don't want to ride in that condition - and see what you end up liking.
Would you care to demonstrate what a roach back is? I have no clue
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I like 4. I have my own perch cross, a good girl.

But , being young, isn't she kinda a project too?
Unfortunately yes But she's almost too beautiful to pass up, and being so far along... He rides her on roads and trails, and that's exactly what I'd be doing with her. Plus some desensitizing, and loads of groundwork.
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