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post #1 of 10 Old 08-04-2012, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on this guy - We are going to look at him

Okay here's the ad.

Quarter Horse Grullo Gelding- Fearless and Intelligent, excellent Bloodlines for sale in Lake, Florida :: HorseClicks

We've been watching this ad for a couple of months. Hubby likes him from the pictures. The ad's wording has changed a few times over the last couple of months so I'm not really buying all that's being said here. And that's fine. We are more interested in soundness and mind. We'll probably go check him out tomorrow if I can get in contact with the owners.

This horse would be used for trail and at some point probably endurance trail but that is a way's off yet and I doubt seriously we'd actually compete, just do it for fun.

Problems I see are a weak croup that has quite a slope to it but also the picture isn't the best either. Something about his neck bothers me and his shoulder looks pretty straight. Anything else you all see that I'm missing? The words "unique personality" seem to mean "no manners" from what we've actually gone to see so far. So that part remains to be seen LOL.

Here's a video of mom ...

Here's dad

And I just found a short video of this horse

Croup doesn't look as bad here.

So tell me what you think please :)

To be clear here ... I'm not asking for a full out critique. That's not my intention. I just want thoughts on what to look out for that I might be missing. I don't want to break rules or anything like that.

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-04-2012, 10:59 AM
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Looks to be a decent horse, price is certainly reasonable, however I would pay the extra $300 & have them register the horse, that way you know it's done.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-04-2012, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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TY waresbear.

Seller contacted me and we'll go take a peek at him tomorrow and see what's what. Out of the many we've seen so far, this is the first horse hubby seems to have liked instantly and really wants to go look.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-04-2012, 02:23 PM
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Shoot REALLY? $800 for a grullo QH? $1100 registered?? O.O

...we pay $6000+ for an "average" plain bay or sorrel QH, and the coloured ones fetch more. The well-bred ones more STILL. If he is REALLY as well-bred as they say he is, either the market in the US is even crapper than the market here in Aus, or he's a crazy bargain. Or there's something wrong. But I'm not familiar with the US market sooo.

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-04-2012, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Well here in Florida the folks got knocked HARD with the economy. You still have your big money horses that are 20K and up. But there's a whole subset of folks who just can't afford them any more which is sad. The rescues are pretty much brimming :( ... so if you look, you can get decent horse flesh for cheap.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-04-2012, 02:51 PM
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ha yeah I was looking for a young TB cheap not long ago... was looking for a couple of weeks and finding nothing within budget, or crap quality, and then ran across this ad with terrible pictures for a long yearling by a stallion I REALLY like, free to a good home.

Picked up some **** nice horseflesh for the cost of gas to get up there and back to look, and then to go pick her up. And "up there" is only an hour away, so the gas would have only been about $60 worth tops for both trips. But, she had issues (er, has), like any free horse. I'm just thanking my lucky stars that they're not soundness issues.

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post #7 of 10 Old 08-04-2012, 09:02 PM
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I agree with all you have noticed. His croup appears very week and sloped. Should a little straight. I also think he could use about 50 pounds and he might look like a completely different horse. He lacks muscle and weight.
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I like him. I think he'd be perfectly capable of what you want to do with him. He's a pretty fellow, although at 4 he has filling out to do.
I agree with Waresbear, give the money to get the registering done if you decide on him. I would go check him out, though, I think he's worth it- especially if your husband really likes him. :)
With the market the way it is, I'm not surprised by the price for him- he's not fully trained, or registered...

Edit- I think his sire is lovely.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-05-2012, 12:37 AM
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The pics of him aren't too flattering,agree he looks better in video.Nothing outstanding pedigree IMO. Reasonably priced but agree would pay to have registered.Definitely worth the look Be looking for update after you see him in the flesh!!
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-05-2012, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

We are going to try and see him this afternoon. I talked to the owner yesterday and tried to call her back last night to set up a firm time for today. No answer so I sent her another email. Hopefully we'll hear back from her on a definite time this morning. I will let you know and if she allows I'll take better pictures of him :)
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