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post #1 of 19 Old 12-07-2011, 03:21 AM Thread Starter
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Potential purchase (for dressage)

Okay, I have to admit, this one is probably one of my favourites so far... Hungarian warmblood, 8 years old. Still pretty green as he's not been really used at all.



I have more pictures, and I know the picture's a little washed out, so let me know if you want to see something in particular.

Do have some video. Please note that it was a reaaaally bad day for me, I was incredibly stiff. And now that I only ride once a week, a lot of bad habits are creeping up again, especially whenever I ride a new horse!


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There's something about the angle of his hip that I'm not a fan of - too steep? - but overall I quite like him. Nice shoulder, good pasterns, nice legs that are perhaps a tiny bit over at the knee but I prefer that to a tiny bit back!

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Here's a better shot of his hindquarter. It is a little steep, but doesn't seem horribly so?

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I feel like this horse would be better for jumping rather dressage because he's built uphill
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This one has nowhere near the potential of the mare you posted before.
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No? Funny how price often does reflect quality.

What in particular makes you say that? Movement? The way they're built? If so, what did you like about the other that this one doesn't have?

Also, keep in the mind that the mare has been worked regularly and this one has been a pasture pet!
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No? Funny how price often does reflect quality.

What in particular makes you say that? Movement? The way they're built? If so, what did you like about the other that this one doesn't have?

Also, keep in the mind that the mare has been worked regularly and this one has been a pasture pet!


This is what will get you to a decent level in dressage ( video in link below). Only been in training since early this year.

The horse in the video above can't compare but the mare in the previous video comes closer.

Added...the gelding simply hasn't got the gaits naturally.



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I agree that he's a better hunter prospect. You don't need to apologize for your riding in a video. It's okay to look for the right horse for you at whatever level you are at the moment, and with whatever time you have to ride. However, I wonder, with the time that you don't have to school him, why you would be comfortable inching along an 8yo gelding that isn't finished? IMO he needs some intense training right now, or else he'll be habitually looking for a way to get out of work. Also, I won't pick YOU apart, but I noticed he's not at all on the bit and moving with a hollow in his back. I think he could easily grab that bit and run if given the chance.
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...? Who said I don't have the time to school? My lease was dropped because the horse was being moved to another facility and I thought it was a pointless to search out a new lease with me looking to buy a horse actively! Lol, I got so much time to spare it's sad... I don't have much of a social life!

Yes, the horse felt incredibly stiff through the back, I could barely get him to stretch down, much less accept the bit, which is why he's traveling so hollow. I also will be working with my trainer, so issues like that don't really worry me toooo much. I trust that she'll help me ride better to combat that issue.

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The horse in the video above can't compare but the mare in the previous video comes closer.

Added...the gelding simply hasn't got the gaits naturally.
Hm, ok. I can see the difference, especially comparing the two videos to that one.

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Hm, ok. I can see the difference, especially comparing the two videos to that one.
If you do look at any further horses review the horse in the link I provided and see how close your potential prospect comes to it. That horse will probably be ridden by a promising dressage rider and will ( I expect) be getting top scores from the judges.

I can only assume that with the mare you were looking at, it was a price issue?


BTW the horse in the video I provided was priced at 30,000
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