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post #1 of 25 Old 01-15-2013, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Which of these OTTB's would make the best jumper prospect?

My last OTTB has just been sold so I'm back looking for a new project. This was a hard sell for me as I really fell for the big guy, but the girl that bought him is wonderful and will be showing him this summer, so I'll get to see him again!

I'm heading out in a few weeks to look at a few OTTB's from a rescue organization. I'm looking for a cheap fixer upper to train and sell as a jumper prospect. I'm looking to spend under $1000 for something that I can sell for over $3000 after training, showing, etc.

I'm going out with my trainer but I just wanted to get opinions on the wise folks here!

All prices are very negotiable at the track, so I expect to pay less then these listing prices.

Here are the first 3 I like:

Seneca Chief: 5yrs old, 16hh gelding, 4 races, sired by Chief Seattle, $500

Melody Queen: 6yrs old, 16hh mare, $600

Merlin Circle: 6yrs old, 16hh stallion, $500

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post #2 of 25 Old 01-15-2013, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Homeland Express: 4yrs old, 16hh gelding, by a son of Indian Charlie and a Halo mare, by a dam who is a daughter of Dixieland Band. $700

Bad Neighbor: 5yrs old, 16hh, sired by Kelly Kip, $700

My favourite right now is Melody Queen and my least favourite Bad Neighbor. All are said to be sound, but of course I'd have a PPE done to be sure. The stallion would be gelded asap as well. Thoughts?
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post #3 of 25 Old 01-15-2013, 05:08 PM
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I am not so keen on Melody, she is very long in the back and looks to me as if her left fore is slightly twisted.

I do like Homeland Express, he has the best feet of them all and basically best body/neck. Typical TB legs in that long in the pasterns but not to bad.
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I like Seneca Chief and Homeland Express the best as jumpers.

The others just don't have the legs to stand up to any hard use.
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Im another vote for homeland express.
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Homeland Express is the only one I care for. I like his overall balance, shoulder angle and stength of loin and topline. I wish that all of them had a bit more bone and shorter pasterns, but he looks like the best of the lot posted.
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post #7 of 25 Old 01-15-2013, 08:22 PM
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Homeland Express is the best looking of the bunch. Melody has a looooong back, definitely not good for jumping, and a couple of the others look like they either have old bandaging injuries (white fur growing on legs like skin was rubbed off when bandaged), and one looks like he was maybe pin fired at some point though I thought that they weren't doing that as much anymore. They do all need shoes pulled, and feet trimmed better, a bit long, and flared on most of them.
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post #8 of 25 Old 01-16-2013, 08:07 AM
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Homeland express is my first pic, Seneca Chief is my second.

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post #9 of 25 Old 01-16-2013, 08:15 AM
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Another one for Homeland express. He has decent enough feet, a shorter back, and nicer hip.

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post #10 of 25 Old 01-16-2013, 08:45 AM
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I'd wondered if the black mare's legs had been fired. I think she'd go to medium dressage. My choice is also Homeland Express and Seneca Chief. He seems to have a little more bone than the others. With some weight on him he'd make a nice western pleasure/trail horse.
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