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post #1 of 9 Old 06-02-2014, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Trail horse!

I'm back on looking at horses, and over the last few months, come across a few I might be interested in getting. Just looking for a reliable trail horse.
I've come across Scout, he was born in the year of 1997 and is a rescue.
(Cant seem to get the photos working, so here is his link)

"He won the Foster Home Under Saddle Division of the 2013 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge and was Reserve Grand Champion of the Challenge. His foster home for the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge says that Scout has been such an amazing partner to teach. He is very willing and eager to please. On the ground, he follows his handler around like a dog, and looks to them for security. Scout is at the bottom of the herd order, and has some battle scars due to this. He will not fight, and runs away from the other horses.
Scout has been ridden barefoot, and has very tough feet on any kind of trail. His ideal job would either be a trail riding horse or ranch horse. He has ridden with large groups on the trail, and does very well. Due to Scout’s lack of confidence, the rider needs to be a strong leader with consistency. He rarely spooks on the trail, and does not run off. He has a great walk that covers many miles. Scout enjoys being groomed, eating treats, and hanging out with people. He is very much “in your business” when it is just you and him! Not enough good things can be said about Scout. He is gorgeous, has a great confirmation, and an amazing, loving personality!"
Although, he was adopted out before but was returned because of bucking but his foster home said that he has not bucked once since his stay there, and has been on many trails since.

Just wondering what your opinion may be! Nothing is for certain, and It may be, or may not be, a while until we're ready to adopt a horse.
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-02-2014, 08:46 PM
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He has a long back, and to me, his hooves look a little clubby. I see that particularly in his back left. He seems to have nice big bone though. Mostly his personality sounds like it makes up for his faults. I'd say give him a ride and see how things go from there!

On that same note, conformation wise, I really like this girl with the same place.

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post #3 of 9 Old 06-02-2014, 09:37 PM
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They don't know if he bathes? I always hose my horse down after riding.
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We owned a hancock driftwood cross and he was very athletic and unpredictable bucking which I heard sometimes was hancock trait.
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-02-2014, 11:12 PM
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I think he's worth looking at, but I don't really care for his feet. However, the other horses feet don't look so good either. So I'm thinking maybe with so many horses and being a rescue, they don't get trimmed as often as they should.
I like this mare for some reason also, but she's little.
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-03-2014, 01:04 AM
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He appears to have a long back, but to my knowledge, that doesn't affect anything. We had a horse where I board with a similar build and he was perfectly fine for riding until his mid twenties when he was euthanized due to cancer.

As far as everything else, it depends on your own riding skill and goals for this horse. The add states he needs a confident rider and that he is good on the trail with a group. However, is he good to go out on his own if you want? I would also want to know more about the bucking issue. In what instances did he buck? Was is only once or on multiple occasions? In my area, most of the horse rescues offer a two week trial. Is that something that is available to you?

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post #7 of 9 Old 06-03-2014, 01:35 AM
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His back may be a smidge long, but nothing horrible. He is also pretty straight behind. For a trail horse, I think he looks great. If you wanted him as a jumper or anything strenuous, I'd say pass.
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-03-2014, 07:23 AM
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He was born in 1997. That means he looks this good at age 17. He needs a good farrier. His back is NOT long. His rump is a bit high and he is a bit down hill. He is sturdy and physically would make a fine trail horse. Try him and see how his disposition is because for trail riding that part cannot be discounted. You do not want to get a 17 year old horse that needs training! Clips and bathes? You don't care unless you do a lot of those things and show! His disposition will show you if you can easily teach him to tolerate both!! The bucking is a concern.. but TRY him and find out. Maybe he is barn sour or buddy sour.. and bucked on being separated. You just don't know. Based on conformation I would look at him.

If you are not experienced I would steer clear of the Arabian. She holds her head high and has large muscles on the underside of her neck and hollows her back.. and her hind end construction lacks power. She will be hard to retrain to get balanced.

The wildfire mare is big bodied and light legged. Not as good a horse as Scout is and certainly not as sturdy.

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post #9 of 9 Old 06-03-2014, 08:12 AM
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Not to go off topic, but Emma, as far as I know, a long back can sometimes be a weak back, and can affect a horses ability to collect. Although collection isn't something you would necessarily need to worry about in a trail buddy, I guess. Lol(Correct me if I'm wrong. Still learning)
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