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        04-29-2010, 01:56 AM
      #1
    Foal
    Is $2k a good deal for this horse?

    Link to her profile Great Jumper With Show Experience! Awesome Price!!


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    She looks like she could use work on flying lead changes(i noticed they did a simple lead change vs flying when jumping), and she seems like she rushes to the jump. What do you think?
         
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        04-29-2010, 02:36 AM
      #2
    Showing
    Expect to have to re-train her from square one under saddle. That rider is doing absolutely no favors to that horse; she is on the mare's face all the time. The mare is a saint, in my opinion, for not only dealing with the overly-handsy rider, but still jumps and tries her best despite the rider being completely on her face. The mare is rushy, but I'm going to put myself out there and say that under the right rider, and the right training program, she's going to turn out quite nicely - but she needs to basically be restarted, and kept away from jumping for 6 months.
    The mare has no concept of correctness; the rider forces her head down and rips on her mouth when she pops her head up. The mare probably has little to no concept of lateral movements or leg pressure meaning anything other than "speed up."
    She's a nice mare, in my opinion, but will need a good amount of training put on her. Consider her green.
         
        04-29-2010, 07:31 AM
      #3
    Showing
    I'm with JDI. Rider is on her mouth a lot. But she looks very nice and very quiet and IMO price is not bad at all. I'd try her at least.
         
        04-29-2010, 11:59 AM
      #4
    Weanling
    From what I can see, she's a SUPER tolerant mare. I'd atleast give her a try. $2k sounds ok, if she's been on the road a little, shown a little. But I'm with the others, she will need light hands and some re-structuring to train her all over again. That girl is ROUGH on her face.
         
        04-29-2010, 05:01 PM
      #5
    Banned
    From what I can see yes she is at a great price. But I would go out a few times and test ride her.
    She's soo adorable.
         
        04-29-2010, 05:13 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    I agree with the others, she will need some good work before I would take her to show again. She is very brave though. She also did very well picking herself up when the rider didn't get her in a good spot for the jumps. It is an ok price, she has some pretty good potential (from what I saw). I would deffinetly see her a couple of times, and ride.
         
        04-29-2010, 08:00 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    I really like her..........and think she will make a nice low level hunter........she is not through from behind......I think once you get her moving forward correctly she will make a very nice horse.

    Super Nova
         
        05-01-2010, 08:00 PM
      #8
    Foal
    I like this other one on the site much better.
    Tigger
    I don't know when it was posted but they sound negotiable (says need to go ASAP). I don't know what your experience is but that mare is VERY green to fences. The girl fights her the whole way there and because of that she ends up really hollow over fences.
         
        05-01-2010, 08:24 PM
      #9
    Foal
    Ok, I am a little confused. The ad says $2,900 not $2000....

    Either way it seems like a good price for the horse, but not for what you think she might be.

    The way you talk, I just kinda got the impression that you want a horse that you can hop on and show. And she is definitely NOT that.

    She gets under the bit, which can be extremely hard to correct. Even for professionals. She does not only rush to the jumps, but rushes in general, and she does not appear to be balanced. My guess is that they do simple changes because she gets extremely fast afterward. Notice in the video after a jump, she gets a half change, and the video immediatly cuts off and starts a new portion.

    Another thing that caught my eye was all the pictures of her jumping high, and how she can "do" 3ft, yet in the video she does absolutly nothing more than 2ft at the max, which also gives me the impression, that they are not pretty and a fight. When im selling a horse that jumps 4ft, I show them jumping that height, and well. I don't show a crossrail course, that is just common sense.

    She definitely seems like a jumper, not a hunter, and needs a lot of help from a professional to do anything, her balance, spots, and numerous other habbits. Maybe go ahead and get a professional HORSE trainer, not a trainer for you, and have them ride her, and they if they think they will be able to fix the problems in accordance with you.

    She seems like she *could* be a fantastic horse, but IMO you'll spend more on re-training than you would to go ahead and buy a finished horse, that you know is great. Its a gamble, just get a lot of opinions, maybe even take her on a trial, etc.

    Good luck!!!
         

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