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post #1 of 20 Old 01-10-2012, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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TB Critique

I know this gelding is not standing too well, but these are the only pictures I have of him so far from the owner's advert.

Please give an honest opinion on his legs and general build? He is a 3 year old, straight off the racetrack thus the fact that he is not very well filled out yet. He stands 15.3hh and they say he will mature to around 16hh.

Im simply looking around at the moment as my lease fell through and I'm in a position to now own a horse instead of leasing.

They say he is calm and sensible under saddle and has potential to jump. I am yet to see him person and would like an opinion on him before driving out to see him. I am NOT clued up with regards to conformation and normally take my farrier out to look at potential horses as he is very knowledgable but he is not available at the moment.

I am specifically looking for a TB that is young and has no bad habits.



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post #2 of 20 Old 01-10-2012, 02:21 AM
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Alright so... I'm not very well versed in the conformation of younger horses. So please keep in mind that he could grow out of some of the faults I'm seeing...

First thing I notice- oh holy pasterns they seem very... very long to me, though he is just leggy in general. Long pasterns = weak pasterns, which can put too much stress on tendons / ligaments and mean he'll be more prone to injury- and though there's more 'absorption' and thus a smoother gait... I'm not sure it'd fare too well 3 foot +.
His front legs are also a bit too thin for my liking- again, not a problem until you're getting over the higher jumps.
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-10-2012, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for that! I leased a horse with similar looking legs a while back and he was what i would call very "slopey" in his pasterns and suffered abscesses (which is probably not related) but im very cautious now. He almost seemed to "rest" on his pasterns.

He is leggy but he has been bred to be leggy in order to race I suppose. I hoped he would fill out a lot once he is rested from his racing career and starts working correctly and grows but then again I'm no expert! I'm not aiming to jump anything huge. Just a few training shows and mostly pleasure riding. I would probably never want to go over 3 foot.

He isnt THAT far from where I live. Do you think it would be worth taking someone experienced out there with me just to look at him in the flesh and see if he has any potential anyway? OTTB are 2 for a ticky each where I stay. As soon as they show no potential to run they are practically given away...sometimes they ARE given away
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I think he'd be worth a look- but with an OTTB keep in mind that he does need to be rested, let out to be a horse for awhile. No working, no riding, lots of ground manners. I leased an OTTB who'd been put into training and working after a very, very short rest. She was dead broke and bomb proof under saddle, but neurotic in the stall, couldn't be put out into the pasture (she'd hurt herself on absolutely anything) and though that could've just been 'her' I do think she'd have been a bit more... competent if she'd been given more time off. Not to mention the fact that she had lots of tendon issues that could have been at least partially prevented.

Though it seems like that's what you intend to do, I just wanted to put extra stress on it.

For what you want to do he looks like a nice horse, the long legs will make him comfy to ride, just make sure you get him thoroughly vetted by your vet that you trust before taking him home.
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All our OTTB are well rested before being worked. In fact I'm surprised they advertise him as being calm under saddle because he should already be in a rest period. We generally give them a good few months of detox type rest as well as to help them fit in with the other horses and ponies. They go through more than we know in the racing world. Most of them need time to learn how to be a horse again! He will more than likely live out for a while as well and not be cooped up in a stall.

He seems to have good breeding. Should I decide to go and look at him he will be both vetted and checked by my farrier. I have to start somewhere! Im tired of paying the upkeep of someone else's horse every month!

Thanks again for the input> should I get more pictures I will post better conformation shots.
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post #6 of 20 Old 01-10-2012, 12:32 PM
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As far as the "calm under saddle," they may be referring to his race horse days. The trainer of my OTTB used to put all his new exercise riders on him because he was such a calm thoroughbred and a good babysitter - as much as a 4yo racehorse can be anyway!

I think he's really cute, love his face. I'm still learning to critique myself so I don't have anything more constructive to say beyond that.
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post #7 of 20 Old 01-10-2012, 02:31 PM
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I think he is worth a look. Pictures don't tell the who story so I would go see him. Good luck!!!
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He is what he is, a race horse. So, it's not surprising he has long legs. I see a really nice shoulder and good balance of neck length to body lenght. His legs are long, but they seem correct. The pasturn is long, but it's in relation to the rest of the leg. His hooves have the look of the crumbly type you sometimes see with tbds, but that is just an impression. One could never tell that from a photo. He is very wasp wasted (very small circumference of his gut area where it meets the croup/hip.)
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post #9 of 20 Old 01-11-2012, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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Im shattered to say that someone bought him THIS WEEK! He has been for sale since early December but as soon as I show an interest then so does everyone else! Murphy's Law :( The trainers are going to keep an eye out for others for me. Im SO disappointed :(
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You'll find your horse MysticL :) The right one
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