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        07-25-2010, 05:45 AM
    Oh-and forgot to say-there will ALWAYS be another one......so don't feel rushed.
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        07-25-2010, 10:52 AM
    I like the first gelding better. The second gelding has a look in his eye I don't like too much.
        07-25-2010, 11:11 AM
    ^^Ditto. I like the 1st horse better. The second one does have a funny eye, and sort of wierd pasterns in those pics. For your needs, there is no reason the horse has to be registered, except that it may affect resale if you ever wnted/had to sell him.
    If I were you I'd go see the 1st horse again and if you still like him, scoop him up!
        07-25-2010, 11:34 AM
    I agree, the first one would be my choice.

    Why would your friends want you to have a registered horse? Are you planning on showing? If you are just going to use him for trails and what not, there is no need to buy a registered horse. You can't ride papers!
        07-25-2010, 11:43 AM
    I also agree......I like the first horse.

    The pastern on the second horse could just be the way he is weighting himself or he he could have a dropped pastern.

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        07-25-2010, 11:58 AM
    There really is no such thing as JUST a trail horse. Any horse should bend and move off your leg, change leads and collect/break at the poll. That being said I like the first horse better but I am always leary of 5 year old horses that are marketed as really broke. One reason your friends may be encouraging you to get a registered horse is that by knowing the bloodlines of the horse you can have some idea of what the horse is capable of.

    I would also be worried about buying a horse from someone that passes themselves off as a horseman but thinks the first horse is underwieght. He is a very good size and wieght and looks to have a kind eye. Get a vet check, ride him a few more times and then buy him if you still like him. If he sells before you are ready to buy him then start over on another horse. It is better to start over 50 times than get stuck with a horse you can't ride and can't sell.
        07-25-2010, 11:28 PM
    Both look like nice horses. Registration papers aren't critical unless you are going to show. A good trail horse is worth his weight in gold, papers or not. Just remember, if the second horse's canter is rough, he may not make a comfortable trail horse. And by the way, the best trail horse I've ever had was a Arabian/thoroughbred cross, she was very level headed and would go anywhere.
        07-25-2010, 11:50 PM
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    The second hroses pasturns look scary weak, like they could snap. Haha and that's not a good look for a 900 pound animal!
    I like the first, good luck again! :)
        07-26-2010, 12:01 AM
    If I had to choose, I would go with the first horse. I really dislike the head on the second horse. Papers really don't mean diddly squat in the grand scheme of things unless you are showing. A good broke horse is a good broke horse and papers won't change how he rides. The only thing that I don't really like about your description of the first horse is that you mentioned he was reluctant to lope. Did it seem like he was uncomfortable with it or maybe just lazy?
        07-26-2010, 12:37 AM
    When I say I don't like the eye on the second horse, it is because to me he has a sneaky expression on his face.

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