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post #1 of 31 Old 08-25-2013, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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What does HF think of this guy

So I was looking thru craigslist and landed on this guy and my heart immediately started to melt I got shivers down my spine and now I can't stop looking at him. He is a trail horse wich is what I want but he also deals with a child who has Austism wich for me is a bonus because my mom could bring her client who has many disabilities but he loves horses and I just break down in tears seeing his big smile when he's on a horse.... So here are pics I know you guys probably hate him but..... I..... just.....ADORE HIMMMMMMMM

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post #2 of 31 Old 08-25-2013, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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oops heres his info
12 year old 17hands black standardbred gelding. Has done lots of trails, bridges, water. Performed in Cloverdale rodeo this year on grand entry team. Too big for that level of activity and I don't want to injure him. Anyone can ride, have had my young autistic son ride him. Hauls, baths, good for farrier. Does not need to be shod, has big hard hooves. Utd on shots and worming. Good home is a must. Photos taken today. Toby is being handled by my 10 yr old son.
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post #3 of 31 Old 08-25-2013, 01:16 PM
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He looks like a good, solid, using horse and an absolute sweetheart. I'd say he's definitely worth a look.

And there's no such thing as "too big for that level of activity," as it says in the ad. That's just ridiculous. If that were true, the majority of warmbloods competing in Grand Prix level jumping and eventing wouldn't be there (the majority of them are +/-17hh).
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post #4 of 31 Old 08-25-2013, 01:25 PM
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You can only tell by going to see him and ride him. If you like him have a PPE done
As for the height - well he'll cost you more to feed than a 15.2 and not so easy to get back on if you need to dismount on a trail but other than that I wouldn't worry
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post #5 of 31 Old 08-25-2013, 01:30 PM
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you need to check your emotions at the door. This is exactly how people end up with non suitable horses.
If you like him go look at him, test drive him, then go look at a minimum of 2 preferable more similar horses before deciding. THEN get a PPE and a second opinion.
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post #6 of 31 Old 08-25-2013, 01:39 PM
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Yupp...I see a lot of people fall in love with a horse that will end up sitting around doing nothing and eating money.

Sure, you may really like him...but will you use him and does he suit your needs?
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post #7 of 31 Old 08-25-2013, 02:28 PM
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He's a handsome gent I see maybe some kind of swelling/bump right above his RF fetlock and maybe he toes out on LF, though the pics are far from ideal to judge reliably. Hock angles are a bit wide for my taste making his hind legs rather straight. Otherwise, he has the great bone of a STB, well-set neck on a big decent shoulder, great feet, and a pleasing outline. I'd definitely go see him, and see if he's got comfortable gaits for trail riding.
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post #8 of 31 Old 08-25-2013, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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for myself I was looking at the fact that 1) hed be a great trail horse. 2) I could start to learn to jump (im only going to jump a 2 footer that's it im not a fan of heights. 3) I could use him for therapy for myself since I do have panic and anxiety attacks. 4) my mom could ride him and some of my non horsie friends (if I can find a ladder EHEHEHE 17hh I've never even been on a horse that big nor has she haha) and 5) concidering the owners have a son with autism he would be a great therapy for my moms 12 year old client who has a huge range of disablities. My very close friend actually knows this horse she knows who bred him and she says that I would do very well on him... Realy all im trying to do is find a horse that can carry my fat butt around can handle the fact that im not perfect at all and that will teach me to teach myself to be better and not to be afraid and give up my anxiety of letting go of control and just to relax enjoy life.
.. My issue with him is that he's soooooooooo big and im terrified of hights LOL I can't even stand on a mounting block thinkin im going to fall off.... sorry if I sound like an idiot atm.... I have a friend who just got her own horse and has absolutly no health knowledge or anything she only can ride -_- nd she's bragging and bragging its getting kinda annoying and im feelin lonely since I don't have anything lol im just borrowin a horse
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17 hands is a LOT of horse. They can be very difficult to get on without something to stand on. I have a hard time getting on my guy who's only 16.2 (<<in my avatar).

If you think you can deal with the height issue, then go try him out. A gentle horse is worth owning, even if he is a bit difficult to manage size wise (ask me how I know that LOL).
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post #10 of 31 Old 08-25-2013, 09:10 PM
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He is an attractive looking horse, you would have to see him in person and meet the people. Craisglist ads are hit or miss, and people tend to leave out details, especially since the ad is not too detailed. As for conformation, I am not crazy about the angle of his hip and his back is a bit long - but I am a better judge of QHs and not warmbloods! Go have a look at him - but as Joe4d said, go into the meeting with a clear mind.
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