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    10-22-2012, 05:36 PM
Question What do you think of this prospect?

My daughter and I are going to look at this prospect tomorrow.
Adorable, safe pony | Buy this Horse at Equine.com
We are looking for a safe sound pony/horse for a 9 year old who w/t/c and is starting over fences to use for local shows and 4-h and for her beginner short mom (5'-2") to use for pleasure. Any opinions?
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    10-22-2012, 05:37 PM
He doesn't look bad. If he passes the vet check and your daughter gets along with him, go for it.
    10-22-2012, 05:52 PM
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He looks just as they say, safe and adorable. Just keep in mind he is 17 and may have had a LOT of jumping in his life, so to be aware that he might have some issues in is legs. Maybe not. But such a nice solid citizen can have a few imperfections , and still be perfect!
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    10-22-2012, 06:34 PM
He looks very safe and easy to ride, and his jumping form is quite good, even over those low fences. He has his changes, though I think the first one was late behind (awful in dressage but not a deal-breaker for an eq-hunter). He looks like he's been a very reliable Short Stirrup-Equitation packer and has been there, done that, and has the ribbons.

Video doesnt show much trot, and the little bit in the beginning looked a little ouchy to me.

Which brings me to his age. He has every right to be a bit stiff at 17, especially if he is jumping a lot. 17 is getting up there, especially for jumping horses in terms of soreness/soundness. I would find out if he's on any maintenance products. Would you do a PPE? (I would, but I always do) There's lots of stuff you can do to make the oldsters more comfortable.

I also can't help but think that $2K is a bit steep for a 17 y.o. Pony, though if he has a proven show record and/or is a valued school or lease horse, then I get it.

I think he's cute, have fun trying him!
    10-22-2012, 06:51 PM
Adorable. And-looks safe and sane. He looks like a perfect first pony to me. Do the PPE, and know that they will find something-that is their job. THing is you have to talk to the vet and figure out if it is a "red-herring" of a deal breaker. Frankly-I would put him on joint supplements regardless. Won't hurt. I think fot the price (perhaps a little less can be negotiated) he is a great guy.
    10-22-2012, 07:22 PM
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This looks a PERFECT match for a beginner. If you can afford it, go for it. There are NOT a lot of ponies out there that have this mileage. Just accept that at 17 he may need a warm up and so forth.

A more senior horse that has really been USED like this one.. and who is still sound.. is not something to offer a conformation critique on. He has paid his dues and is still able to pay them. My critique is not necessary. He IS the proof.
    10-22-2012, 07:31 PM
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I noticed the ouchy trot, too. And that he didn't seem to want to take the left lead as easily as the right.

Again, with care, I bet he'd be fine. Older horses can be just the most wonderful companions. There's so much to be said for them.
    10-23-2012, 08:25 PM
Went to see him today. It was like looking at a totally different horse. He was a biter (I asked specifically about this on the phone) and under saddle he refused to move 50% of the time when asked. Thanks for the opinions though.
    10-23-2012, 08:30 PM
Grrrr. I hate when sellers waste your time. Sorry.
    10-23-2012, 08:39 PM
I hate it when a horse is misrepresented. Even worse when you have a youngster along. I've had my share of perfect-sounding prospects wash out, and it deflated me terribly. And I'm ...em...mature
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