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post #11 of 13 Old 08-13-2013, 03:14 AM
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Originally Posted by TrailBlazin View Post
Would you care to demonstrate what a roach back is? I have no clue
See how there's almost an upward curve to her back? It makes them hard to fit a saddle to, and depending on the severity they can be prone to soreness. Here's a more severe version -

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post #12 of 13 Old 08-13-2013, 06:45 AM
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Is it just me or does #1 also look cresty in the neck? She is pretty obese.....and you will probably end up using a grazing muzzle or dry lot on her, would be my guess.

Honestly-I sort of see them all as projects in different ways.
#1-has she been ridden on trails? It doesn't say, and she may be a horse who has only ridden in arenas.
#2-I like-but again-only 5, and little is said about experience, and at 5, it may be a bit limited.
#3-definitely a project, and may just be worth the time, who knows.
#4-young and has only done trails. If that is your main purpose, I would consider her. BUT, I also bought one about this age who was totally trail broke. He was fabulous on trails, but, if you are not a beginner and asked him to do something like take a certain lead-he had no clue, and honestly-in my case, got a little pissy when asked. It has taken me a long time to get him to do anything "ranch work" like, or ride nicely in an arena.

IMO-all horses are projects of sorts, as they all have something more we want them to do. (mush like we as riders are never totally "finished") I also believe they all have vices. THe key is to pick one who has "issues" you know for the most part, and can deal with.

Good luck-you have some nice prospects!

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post #13 of 13 Old 08-13-2013, 07:58 AM
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1.) Has a true roach back but a very nicely laid back shoulder. A bit sickle hocked and a little tied in at the knee. Would love to see her when she is thinner!

2.) Long thru the coupling. Tied in at the knee. Steep shoulder. Steep croup. Rough looking altogether.

3.) Even longer thru the coupling than #2. Maybe sickle hocked. Needs feet done. Base of neck ties in low to the chest. Not a very good horse in a bad ownership.

4.) Cannot tell a lot from these photos (like the coupling). Looks good. Lots of bone. Maybe be flat crouped. Cannot see coupling.. may be a little roached or may be something not that (strong). Shoulder might be steep. Really hard to judge from the photos.

If I was doing Dressage I would be looking at number 1. However, I would want to see her move.. that back might make her too stiff for upper levels.

Would like to see better photos of #4.

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