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        03-31-2011, 01:20 PM
      #21
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    That Saddlebred mare is not all that unusual for a SB. Some SB bloodlines carry that gene quite prominently. The breeders I have talked to say it comes from breeding like to like with the emphasis on the shoulder laying back to an extreme to get more 'lift' on the front feet/legs. Oddly enough, they do not seem to have much pain or discomfort as long as they are not asked to carry heavy riders.

    I have a 4-H member with a very sway backed gelding. This gelding was not born this way but has aged way beyond his 17 years. They fill in the gap with small pony pads, put a big, thick on top of them and ride him everywhere. He has been to state 4-H shows several times and goes on many all day trail rides. He does just fine at that level.
         
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        03-31-2011, 01:46 PM
      #22
    Foal
    Glad your going to pass on the horse. It may hold up to light trail riding but I would never put it to the test with heavy work...
         
        03-31-2011, 04:55 PM
      #23
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by reining girl    
    glad your not going to buy him Quixotic. I think its just going to get worse and worse, eventually he might end up looking like that poor mare. What exactly are you looking for? I could help you search. Im pretty good at it, since I look everyday even though I can't afford to buy any horse right now..... im addicted.
    Basically, I'm looking for a horse in FL with solid w/t/c & at least started over fences, between ages 4 & 10, for no more than $5k. Basic dressage training would be great. I prefer a more forward horse, not one that is a kick ride. I want the horse to be SOUND - I've found a LOT of hopefuls that I've had to pass on, because they turned out to have past leg/foot issues. I'd be using the horse for eventing & jumpers, & I'm hoping to get a working student position at an eventing barn for this fall, so the horse would be coming with me to that. If I had to choose, I'd rather have a gelding, but I certainly wouldn't turn down a mare. I don't want anything pony sized, & I'd prefer them not to be too huge...around 16hh would be about perfect, but again, I wouldn't turn down a slightly shorter or larger horse if they fit the description otherwise. I've been doing searches on dreamhorse, equine, equinenow, & horseclicks on a pretty regular basis. My trainer thinks I'll probably have better luck finding what I'm looking for once summer comes around, but I'm really hoping to find something sooner than that.
         
        04-01-2011, 01:17 AM
      #24
    Started
    Alrighty, ill see if I can find anything. Ill pm the adds to you. Any particular breed? How far are you willing to travel?
         
        04-01-2011, 01:27 AM
      #25
    Banned
    Congrats, I think you made a good decision in walking away from this horse. I know it is really easy to get caught up in the 'I want a horse and have been looking for ages' thoughts.

    Keep looking the right horse will come up!
         
        04-01-2011, 01:38 AM
      #26
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    Congrats, I think you made a good decision in walking away from this horse. I know it is really easy to get caught up in the 'I want a horse and have been looking for ages' thoughts.

    Keep looking the right horse will come up!
    Thanks. I was much more interested in him before I saw his picture without tack haha, his original ad described him as "slightly swaybacked"...there's nothing slight about the way his back looks!
         
        04-01-2011, 01:43 AM
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    Alrighty found several. But I re-read what you said and realized you also searched equine.com so im sure those ones I sent you have already seen. Sorry about that. Hopefully the ones from horsetopia you havent seen.
         
        04-01-2011, 02:23 AM
      #28
    Yearling
    Thanks! You found 3 who I hadn't seen before! I LOVE this guy:
    Talented athletic sport horse dressage, hunters or eventing | Buy this Horse at Equine.com
         
        04-01-2011, 03:03 AM
      #29
    Started
    I really like him to. I just watched the video of him and I think he will be a fantastic competitor. Well on his way. I think he is at a pretty decent price to.
         
        04-01-2011, 03:07 AM
      #30
    Yearling
    I love that he wasn't started until he was 5. I like it when horses are actually allowed to grow up first! They tend to last longer that way. His ad mentions that he's spooky - I wonder if there was some sort of incident, or if he's just a typical young horse. He seems like a pretty good boy in his videos. I'm showing him to my trainer tomorrow.
         

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