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        04-01-2011, 01:09 PM
      #31
    Started
    Im thinking its just being a young horse. She says that he just needs more show miles.
         
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        04-02-2011, 03:54 AM
      #32
    Foal
    I saw pics about swaybacked horse and I consulted a horse expert at WelcomeGet. He told me that it's not necessarily born that way. It has something to do with some sort of illness and improper breeding.
         
        04-02-2011, 07:04 PM
      #33
    Weanling
    I say buy this horse Talented athletic sport horse dressage, hunters or eventing | Buy this Horse at Equine.com (the one from above) I think the horse is goregous and a warmblood 8)

    GOODLUCK!
         
        04-02-2011, 07:32 PM
      #34
    Yearling
    I showed my trainer his ad yesterday, & she said her biggest concerns with him were that 1)He's almost all white, & she's concerned about him getting sunburned in the hot FL sun, since all of our horses are pasture boarded (we're a very small, private barn). & 2) She doesn't think he looks very enthusiastic about jumping in his pictures (ears aren't pricked at all), & might prefer dressage. She's going to call his owner & talk to her, so hopefully she likes what she hears & I can go try him out!
         
        04-02-2011, 08:35 PM
      #35
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Quixotic    
    I showed my trainer his ad yesterday, & she said her biggest concerns with him were that 1)He's almost all white, & she's concerned about him getting sunburned in the hot FL sun, since all of our horses are pasture boarded (we're a very small, private barn). & 2) She doesn't think he looks very enthusiastic about jumping in his pictures (ears aren't pricked at all), & might prefer dressage. She's going to call his owner & talk to her, so hopefully she likes what she hears & I can go try him out!
    Well then the horse can't live anywhere cause the sun is everywhere...even in MN it get to 100+degrees and you can put sheets on the horse that are made to protect horses from the sun. Also she may have heard a noise that made her ears go back and not seem really enthusiastic.
         
        04-05-2011, 01:40 PM
      #36
    Foal
    I passed close to buy this horse (with swayback) as a resell project.

    I had send my trainer to try him for me (and also jump Mack.... it's my trainer on the video)
    I live in Canada and he competed Grand Prix level, at Ocala so it's close.
    I prepared all dispositions (transport,..) and I was disapointed to hear that the had a very intensive swayback...

    Anyway, I lost $100 because the seller doesn't had say me before about the swayback.... It's not fun...

    A horse with bad back could be work and show for sure...
    I think you had take a great decision
         
        04-05-2011, 01:43 PM
      #37
    Foal
    The white horse is verry cute!
    As Lucky2008 said, it's weird that your trainer said you shouldn't buy him because he's white!!!
    People like white horses! It's a plus value if you want to resell him!! And he looks nice
         
        04-05-2011, 02:38 PM
      #38
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    Originally Posted by lucky2008    
    Well then the horse can't live anywhere cause the sun is everywhere...
    Actually, unfortunately for little old me in the far Northwest of the states, I can inform you that there is very little sun that would be enough to give this guy much trouble. So... the sun isn't everywhere. >_<

    As has been stated however, if you're willing to put a little more effort into caring for him it shouldn't be a huge problem. The biggest thing would be to keep a long fly mask on him, smear a little waterproof baby sunscreen on his nose periodically, and possibly leave a fly sheet on him if he's really that sensitive, but most horses have enough hair (white or not) on their bodies that they won't get burned.

    Trust me, I managed a completely white horse on pasture board for an entire blistering summer in Alabama and all he needed was the fly mask and some baby sunscreen on his nose... not really a huge deal.
         
        04-05-2011, 03:04 PM
      #39
    Green Broke
    My horse is mostly white..she does get sunburned but they make sheets for that,neck covers, and fly masks..even spray on SPF coat conditioner!...You if are wanting this horse or are interested then go and check him out. I have to take special precautions so mine won't burn..anyways,I like him!
         
        04-05-2011, 03:48 PM
      #40
    Yearling
    Lucky - I used to live in MN. The sun just doesn't compare. As hot as it can get up there, FL summers can be pretty brutal.

    Well, my trainer had a nice, long convo with the owner today. She said the woman was very nice & seemed very honest, but she's pretty sure the horse isn't what I'm looking for. The owner says he has very sensitive skin, they have to keep him slathered in sunscreen & he wears a flymask + sheet almost constantly. I'm not in a position right now where I'd be able to go out to the barn every day, & I'd rather not have to rely on someone else to make sure he's completely sun-proof every day.
    Also, the horse apparently is very sensitive & spooky when he's introduced to any new situations. Right now, apparently going through water is his least favourite thing...not good for an eventer! He's only been under saddle for a year & a half, so obviously these are things that can probably be overcome with time, but unfortunately he just doesn't seem to be the horse for me right now. I'm sad, cos I really was quite excited about him!
         

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