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        03-02-2008, 02:13 PM
    05 AQHA Mare PIC HEAVY

    Hi I was wondering if you could give my mare a confo. Critique. She's an 05 appendix registered with the AQHA. She is 15.2hh. Has had roughly 30days riding, easy to catch/saddle/ etc.. UTD on everything. So would you keep her? What would you use her for? And if you were going to sell her how much would you ask for her? I had always seen her as a stout ranch type mare, however this winter she is starting to look more englishy, and im tempted to toss an english saddle up to see how she'd go. AND please no comments on starting two year olds, I would never expect more from my horses than what they are capable of. Here is a copy of her pedigree, and I've attached numerous pics from yearling-3year old.

    Keep in mind these pics are as ayearling, so she looks kinda funky.

    This would be her 2 1/2 year old year and over...

    And I've attached some videos!
    This video below she is a yearling

    So I've swung ropes off her, dragged logs, ponyed from her, she crosses water, mud, and pretty much will do anything you ask of her. Now she is in no means experienced in these, however she is only 3.
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        03-02-2008, 03:43 PM
    She has fast trot and seems excitable when she goes fast (must be her TB blood). Why do you keep her on such short reins and is she pregnant in the last picture?

    I don't know much about horse prices but nothing about her jumps out at me.
        03-02-2008, 04:48 PM
    Yup she sure does have a fast trot. The videos were from when she had about 2 weeks off, but regardless she does have a fast trot. Not quite sure what you mean by tight reins...is it the picture of her? The reins aren't tight, if you look closely you can see there is a generous amount of slack in the reins. If you are talking about the riding video, I think there is just the right amount of slack, as she can be a h typical high strung young horse.

    ETA: and she is bred in the last pic, much to my dismay. I had her boarded out away from home and one of the boarders studs got in with her.
        03-02-2008, 04:55 PM
    She looks like a nice horse, but needs more training. But she is only 3. I do like that she doesn't care about buckets being dragged behind her, or in front of her face.
    I don't like that she's in foal, but that wasn't your fault. But that fact alone would turn me off and keep looking for another horse. I don't know what her price would be. Around my area, i'd say between $1,500-2,000, maybe more as her training progresses.

    Do you know what kind of horse she's bred to?
        03-02-2008, 05:20 PM
    Shes in foal to some ugly paint (of course they can never be accidently bred to something with $1000000LTE and impeccable conformation) I have a picture of him. He's about 15h aas a 2 year old. I paid $200 for her and she has about $500 worth of training into her, so I would be happy to get around $1000 for her. I'll be riding her some more, taking her to public arenas and what not once the weather warms up a bit.
        03-02-2008, 05:25 PM
    Isn't that paint for sale? I thought I saw an ad of him somewhere... I could be mistaken though?

    *sigh* Why do people keep fuglies as stallions? I'm sure he'd make a great gelding!

    Nice looking mare! Unfortunately with prices the way they are (bleh!) $1000 is about as good as it's going to get... sorry... If you advertise right, you might be able to get a little more for her.
        03-02-2008, 05:40 PM
    Yup he was for sale, and has since been sold to Montana. I figured $1000 was the mark, I'll probably keep her another year and see what happens. Horse prices right now disgust me. Was at another sale yesterday, 6 yearlings by Chic in the Male $80-$240! Geldings and fillies! Heck their stud fee is more than that! And tons of horses 8 years and older with NO handling, NO farrier work and scared crapless of people. Like how do you have a horse for that long and do nothing with it? SHEESH! Ok mini rant over...
        03-03-2008, 04:25 PM
    Green Broke
    I can't view videos from my computer from the pictures. She has short quarters. The last picture you have looks as if she has a ewe neck. Looks like she has a rather uphill balance. She has a long, sloping shoulder and good pastern angles. She has a short back.

    She is pretty. I wish I could see the videos.
        03-03-2008, 04:30 PM
    Yes Chics In The Male stud fee is $2000. I've actually worked with some of his babies at Sunglad Ranch here in Sundre. Where was this sale that you saw these yearlings?
        03-03-2008, 04:45 PM
    I believe if you could slow her trot down into a nice job and her canter into a lope you would get more out of her. She would be alot easier for other people to ride her especially if someone just wants her for a trail horse or family horse. She does have a good bit of muscle but her front end looks a little 'forward' I guess is how you could say it. She doesnt look relaxed at all. She looks strained not only from the reins being to tight but from having such a fast trot and canter. With the way she is moving she looks very uncomfortable. Loosen the reins let her relax some. If she's western, let her head relax and lower the head set. This comes with lots of work you don't have to use a tie down.

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