17 y/o OTTB

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    07-17-2010, 09:38 PM
17 y/o OTTB

Okay, so I've been looking for a great OTTB in my area for a while now. I finally found one that capable of doing what I want to do with him... Alot of the OTTBs that I've come across are either not sound or uglier than the devil (though those horses need homes too, but I'm not looking to adopt one as a pet).

I found this guy... he's an older horse, 17, but he's very experienced. The ad says he's not for beginners (which I'm not a beginner rider, but I don't have much experience in dressage or jumping). I LIKE that he's not for beginners, because he will give me a challenge and I will probably be able to learn from him. I have some really good connections with people very experienced in dressage/jumping/eventing that would be more than willing to help me get on my feet in the dressage/jumper arena with him.

Anyway, I was just wondering if you'd think he'd be worth going to try out and seeing how we get along.
The ad:

"Mr. Spontaneity aka Magnum, is a 17 year old Registered TB gelding. I rescued him 10 year ago. He's my good friend, but sadly, I can't keep him any longer. He is sound, has no vices, loads, clips, ties, plays well with other horses. He's been used for 1st and 2nd level dressage, hacking everywhere, and some jumping gymnastics. I enjoyed riding this horse for miles on canal banks and trails in Florida. He's not afraid of much, does anything I ask, and is safe to ride beside traffic. He's now in OKlahoma and has gotten used to deer, cattle and country traffic that does not slow for horses.

He's very elegant under saddle and has 3 very nice gaits. I'd like to see him used for dressage, trails and only a little jumping. He loves to jump, but I feel he should not start a career at his age. He's an all around lovely horse and he is looking for a Forever Home. He's is very sweet and safe for children and animals from the ground, but will require a competent rider. The only draw-back to this horse is that he is not an easy keeper. I feed him grain and good hay year round so that he stays looking fabulously good. Please do not contact me if you want him for Fox Hunting. He's very competitive and this would not be a suitable occupation for him."

I only have one photo, so don't worry too much about a confo crit. Unless something jumps out. The video has photos as well as a clip of the horse jumping.

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    07-17-2010, 09:50 PM
Green Broke
I think with some good riding over the back/forward would be good for hinm, he's quite pretty! :)
    07-17-2010, 09:54 PM
Originally Posted by ridergirl23    
I think with some good riding over the back/forward would be good for hinm
What do you mean like this? Sorry, the only english I ride is hunter under saddle & sport horse under saddle:p
    07-17-2010, 09:59 PM
Green Broke
Just pushing him forward so that he has a little more impulsion (pushing from behind)

See how his back feet don't usually step in the same spot as his front? They are supposed to, so if you pushed him over the ground he would, and his back would become less stiff too. :) haha sorry, that's the dressage that was drille dinto my head lol
    07-17-2010, 10:11 PM
Ooohh Ok, I see what you're saying. For some reason it didn't make sense but I was reading it wrong. Thanks! :)
    07-17-2010, 10:19 PM
He's very nice! Have fun with him.
    07-17-2010, 10:23 PM
I think that he seems like a very level headed horse. He seems to not get too excited over packing the person in the video over the fences even though she is a little loose in the saddle. I think that he looks pretty solid on the flat, even though they don't show him at a canter.
    07-17-2010, 10:29 PM
I think he'd look loads better with a quiet rider who stayed out of his face. He looks like a solid mount though, and I'd love to see him in a plain snaffle and pushed forward more. I'd go try him out. Looks nice. Rider is very in his face on the flat and he's still calm and willing.

    07-17-2010, 10:32 PM
Originally Posted by Eliz    
I finally found one that capable of doing what I want to do with him...
What is it you plan on doing, only a 17 year old horse can do?

Originally Posted by Eliz    
Alot of the OTTBs that I've come across are either not sound or uglier than the devil (though those horses need homes too, but I'm not looking to adopt one as a pet).
If you are not a beginner rider, why are you looking at a 17 year old horse? Also, the fact that the seller says that he is NOT for a beginner rider, ESPECIALLY at his age-I would be very concerned. The add clearly states that he does not have ANY dressage or jumping experience, so what is it you are hoping to get out of him? It sounds like he has been used for nothing but trails, don't let those brand new, white polo wraps fool you.

Those type of adds just kill me. How can someone post that a horse is 17 with lots of experience BUT NOT for beginners?? Huh? Keep looking sweety. There are absolutely incredible and phenomenal horses out there who will be quiet with experience in what it is you want to do-not a horse old enough for retirement who isn't "beginner" safe.
    07-17-2010, 10:39 PM
However I do agree with M2G. At 17 he really should have more under his belt.

Go try him but keep your eyes open for other, younger horses.

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