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        10-27-2009, 08:21 AM
      #1
    Yearling
    11 y.o. TB Mare - Considering for Trade (Long)

    Hi all!

    So, many of you know that I have been having issues handling Noah on the ground. I love him to death, but he doesn't seem very happy to be turned into someone's pet. It breaks my heart because I enjoy spending time with horses on the ground even more than riding. I thought that if the right situation came up, he might be happier going to a home that has other drafts and can use him for trail riding or even pleasure driving. Well, a situation has presented itself. A local QH breeding farm's owner has an 11 y.o. TB mare that I am interested in, and her in-laws currently have a shire and a clydesdale, both in their 20's. They would love to add another draft that matches their big black sire for weekend pleasure drives. They completely understand his personality and have the experience to work with him. Anyway, we are discussing the possibility of doing a trade and I'm hoping I can go out to see the mare some time this week. I wanted to ask everyone's opinion of her pics, and see if there is anything in particular I should have a closer look at, or ask about. Her dreamhorse ad is here: DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1465805 - Mustang Fury

    This is what the owner has to say about her:

    "Mustang loves attention and will stand for however long you want her to. She is super easy to handle, picks up all 4 feet, easy to saddle and bridle, clips, bathes, loads and trailers well, and is also good with other horses - Geldings and mares (she's been in with both). I can take Mustang out on trails by herself no problem, and she is not spooky. She has had cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, 4 wheelers... Pretty much everything go past, and she doesn't even bat an eye at them :) I have even taken her out into the field while my husband was cutting the hay, walked her right up to the haybine, and gave him his lunch - she didn't care. I can tie Mustang or simply flip the rope over her neck and let her stand when I take her out of the pasture - either way she will stay in the same spot. "does she enjoy being fussed over?" - YEP Mustang loves attention, I can play with her ears, and just be with her. She doesn't get bored, and I can brush her and do what ever. She is fine for the vet and farrier, is up to date on shots (but I'll need to get her an updated coggins), she has no vices, and she has no medical issues. Mustang has also never had any injuries that I know of. She has always been sound for me, even being barefoot - no ouchiness, and she has always been healthy. Mustang will come over to you out in pasture, so is very easy to halter. She is outside 24/7 right now, but has also been in a stall. If she is out and on grass, pretty much all she needs is a little bit of grain, and her hay and grass will keep her nice and "healthy" - Mustang is an easy keeper ;)

    Mustang is simple to ride, and she has never gotten excited over anything. She is not spooky, and doesn't get excited about anything. She knows both leads, will walk, trot, canter, and stop. Mustang is a great horse, and we want a good home for her - she deserves to be spoiled, and she will thank you in her own way!!"

    She also has a youtube video:
    I'd like to use her for pleasure riding and to take basic dressage lessons with. MAYBE we might go to an occasional show, just for fun since the girls at my barn go to quite a number of shows. She looks a bit fast in the video, my only concern is having that out of control feeling on her and having my fear kick in. Thoughts??
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        10-27-2009, 11:03 AM
      #2
    Foal
    I agree she does look a bit out of control, even being ridden in a round pen. If she was in a bigger ring, she just might get a bit more out of control. Oh, and I cannot stand when a horse walks off while your mounting, its my biggest pet peeve. Lol
    She's a pretty girl, but she seems like alot of horse IMHO
         
        10-27-2009, 11:16 AM
      #3
    Green Broke
    Out of control? I didnt see that at all!? Yes, she walked off when the rider mounted, but that can be fixed. When the rider was cantering and trotting, I didnt see the horse out of control. The horse seemed very relaxed, and willing. The rider didnt even have to use that much rein to stop the horse, there was no out of control............. Please explain more what you mean by that, BaileeJJMommy!

    Luvmyperch, I think she looks like a good mare for you!
         
        10-27-2009, 11:25 AM
      #4
    Yearling
    Thanks! When the video is viewed regular size, its hard to tell if she's getting strong, especially at the trot. When I blew the video up to full screen, she looks much more relaxed and in a nice rhythm. She needs to learn how to bend, she's leaning around the round pen, which will help her stay in the canter and carry herself a bit better. A little lunging should help with that. For me, the key is going to be her personality when I meet her. I don't need a flashy show horse, but I don't want to overlook any major conformation issues or gait problems.
         
        10-27-2009, 11:30 AM
      #5
    Weanling
    I agree with Bailee, she looks alittle out of control, and I don't like how her head is held when she's trotting, she looks like she wants to go go go, which I don't like verymuch in a horse. But she is pretty, and I don't know her so I can't have too much of an opinion
         
        10-27-2009, 11:38 AM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Will someone please explain to me how this horse is out of control? I don't see it at all!!????
         
        10-27-2009, 11:40 AM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by luvmyperch    
    Thanks! When the video is viewed regular size, its hard to tell if she's getting strong, especially at the trot. When I blew the video up to full screen, she looks much more relaxed and in a nice rhythm. She needs to learn how to bend, she's leaning around the round pen, which will help her stay in the canter and carry herself a bit better. A little lunging should help with that. For me, the key is going to be her personality when I meet her. I don't need a flashy show horse, but I don't want to overlook any major conformation issues or gait problems.

    Other then her not really bending, and walking off when mounting are the only things I really see wrong with her. There really isnt anything else off about her! I like her, I would definitely go see her!
         
        10-27-2009, 11:59 AM
      #8
    Trained
    I don't think she looked out of control either... tense in some places though, she wasnt moving very quickly, but her stride was getting short & choppy & her legs were moving fast. I think she's really cute =]
         
        10-27-2009, 12:00 PM
      #9
    Trained
    I would also watch the video WITH OUT the music
         
        10-27-2009, 12:03 PM
      #10
    Started
    I don't think she is out of control either. I see a short stride - which makes her look like she's going faster than she is. And if she was truly out of control I don't think she'd be calm enough to stand ground tied like she does in the video...

    How she carries her head at the trot can be improved with dressage work, and lunging, like the OP is planning on doing if she gets her.

    I like her! She looks like she'd be fun, and more than able to do LL dressage with some training :)
         

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