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post #1 of 6 Old 06-24-2013, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts?

I am not avidly in the market for a new horse, but as I do more dressage work I am being drawn to some *cough* taller, more dressage-y type horses. What are your thoughts on this mare? I keep coming back to her ad!

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-24-2013, 04:28 PM
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I am not avidly in the market for a new horse, but as I do more dressage work I am being drawn to some *cough* taller, more dressage-y type horses. What are your thoughts on this mare? I keep coming back to her ad!

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I like that she isn't built downhill. Oi, imo, that neck is an eyesore until it develops muscle over the top. It is nice that she hasn't developed underside neck muscle, but gah, the neck looks quite puny at this stage. The photos they have of her from the side show her behind the bit somewhat, that won't help the topline. Looks clean cut, though, with good reach for a Training level horse. Her shoulder angles look very nice for some jumping ;)
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-24-2013, 04:35 PM
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She certainly will stand out at 17'1hh!
If she keeps you coming back, then you see something that you like.
I can only offer an opinion, which is not a criticism of your preferences in ANY WAY.
This mare seems to be light on bone, to me. You know that there are QH's who look like TB's, and TB's that look like QH's? I guess I keep thinking of my 16'3hh KMH who has substantial bone, and I would want a taller TB to have more substantial bone than this mare has.
BUT, if you have fallen in love with her, I say, GO for it!

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-24-2013, 08:18 PM
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I can see why you like her

These vids are from over a year ago - I'd love to see an updated vid.

I quite like her neck - yea its thin but she's using all the right muscles and has a drool-worthy neckset.

Her gaits are not great but are not bad either She is a long-legged lady and her reach at canter could be better and affects her carrying power, but she has a solid 3 beat TB canter that I can see being adequate for low to middle level dressage, and very possibly higher. I never say never

Trot is balanced but lacking impulsion, as is the walk. I'm not a fan of the riding (waterskiing and chair seat among other stuff) or the saddle/pad fit, so these things are affecting the mare.

I love her bright color and I LOVE plain bay horses. And the big'uns I'd go see her if I were you!
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Yes, the waterskiing (haha that is the perfect term for it!) bothered me and the ill-fitting saddle is apparent in the videos... Thanks for the critiques everyone! :) I really appreciate it!
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Not a bad horse but very heavy on the forehand. Due to her size, this will be a difficulty to over come but when she learns impulsion she will probably improve.

I think she may not make an international horse but I think she is worth training. The challenge is she is HUGE and so it is difficult to get her in a shorter frame and she is heavy on the forehand.

I suspect that may be why she is for sale if these photos and video are two years old. Recent footage may not show a lot of improvement. If they do not, then that also explains her price.. or it could be a trainer inadequate to the task at hand. I suspect that is not so much the case (even if she does ride with separated hands).
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