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post #1 of 8 Old 04-07-2014, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thoroughbred - possible buy

I posted about a Belgian Warmblood (originally was told she was a swedish wb) that I was looking at but when I went to try her we weren't a good fit. They showed me this thoroughbred mare that they also had for sale and I really liked her! I know almost nothing about conformation so I want your thoughts! We would be doing mostly hunters/eq and possibly a little jumpers in the future. I only have one picture and it's not the best quality but I appreciate any opinions/critique that you can give me. Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-07-2014, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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Here's a link to her sales video:
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Right, I'm not the best at confo critiques, but I'll give it a go. She looks to be standing under herself in front, and sickle hocked behind, making her look a bit like a circus elephant stood on a podium (but not as dramatic ). I like her shoulder, it has a pretty nice slope to it, so she should cover ground well, and the angle looks good (to my less than expert eye). Her neck is a little course, and her throatlatch thick, meaning she may struggle a little with flexion at the poll. Her back is nice and short, and I like her pasterns.

As for the video, I really don't think it showcases her very well. She is not being pushed in her gaits, she is just slopping along, I don't think she's even tracking up in the trot. I won't comment on the jumping as I don't jump, but it looked like the rider was getting left behind a lot, and she hesitated before the jump several times, maybe for fear of getting bopped in the mouth.

I'd definitely try her out and see how you click. If I were you, I would be pushing her a lot more in the flat work than she appears to be at the moment.
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She is straight through the hocks too and everything else per IndiesuarusRex. She needs to be pushed forward more for that degree of contact at the trot!

That being said she looks pretty stylish over that fence for a green horse. She might be a good go in Hunters.

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It might just be the photo, but she looks to have a thick neck (unusually thick at the poll to throat latch region) with a low tie in at the chest and an itty-bitty head. Makes her look slightly out of proportion to my eyes. Not a deal breaker, but it does look strange in the photo to me.
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I don't think the photo does her justice - she's not presented very well in it and I'm not sure if that's why she looks to have some of the defects pointed out or if they are really there
She looks much better in the video and with some work put into her would probably be great for US hunter classes - they so seem to favour what we UK folk would call 'slopping around' so a horses that's too forward and 'punchy' is wrong for those classes.
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Regarding the thick throatlatch- you might ask if she's a cribber and take a look at her front teeth to verify if they say she's not (front teeth will be worn a bit if she is). TB's have a higher occurrence of cribbing than any other breed, so something to be aware of. My horse is a cribber and I'd buy him again in a heartbeat, but definitely wish it wasn't a vice he had

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Regarding the thick throatlatch- you might ask if she's a cribber and take a look at her front teeth to verify if they say she's not (front teeth will be worn a bit if she is). TB's have a higher occurrence of cribbing than any other breed, so something to be aware of. My horse is a cribber and I'd buy him again in a heartbeat, but definitely wish it wasn't a vice he had
She is a cribber but vices aren't a deal breaker for me. I'm more concerned with whether or not the horse is a good fit for me!

I already went to try her once and she definitely isn't shown off well in the video. I'm going back with my trainer this week and will try to get a better confirmation picture and video. Thanks for your thoughts/critiques! I really appreciate it!!
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