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    07-18-2010, 12:04 AM
What? The add said he competed in 1st & 2nd level dressage. In the video he's jumping, how can he have no jumping experience?

It says competent rider, so that could just mean someone who knows more about riding than just pulling on the mouth/kicking... ect.

I am by no means a beginner RIDER, but I am a beginner in dressage/jumping, so I would like one that I could learn on.

And the other OTTBs that I looked at weren't that great of quality, and weren't really dressage/jumper horses. THAT is why I said he's the only one I found capable of doing what I want.
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    07-18-2010, 02:35 AM
Idk much about the other stuff, but as far as not being good with beginning riders, I know a 28 year old horse that'll throw a rider if they do something wrong. It's not that she isn't well trained. It's just a matter of expecting her rider to know as much as she does. If you aren't in control, she controls you. It could just mean he's spirited.
    07-18-2010, 02:40 AM
Green Broke
The rider in the video doesnt look like a real experienced rider..........
    07-18-2010, 03:07 AM
I agree, that rider is... not the best.
The person said competent. As it is in the dictionary:
1. Having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully.
2. (of a person) Efficient and capable

Anyway, I ride an Arabian mare that's 18, but if you didn't know better you would probably guess 10. :)
I agree with CC, it may not be that she's too crazy, but that she needs a rider of her level.
    07-18-2010, 08:12 AM
I think the horse looks lovely, but I guess at 17 it depends on what you want. If you want something to learn a bit more on, and have some fun on then I think 17 is fine. However if you want something to compete with for years to come then maybe look for something younger. It all comes down to where you want to go with your horse.
    07-18-2010, 12:19 PM
You know what is best for you and if the age is ok with you knowing that you will possibly get to learn the ropes but not heavily compete then go for it. As I tried to say before, without trying to be too harsh, the person in the video kind of looks like a beginner from the amount of yank and crank and holding him back and how loose they are over fences. I think this horse could be a match for someone who gets out of his face and lets him show what he can do by moving out a little bit more. The person in the video might be riding defensively because perhaps the horse feels like he might run away with her on the flat or in and out of fences but you won't know that until you try him out (even a couple times if you can), and see for yourself. Maybe if you can't try him out more than once you could have someone video you and look at it a couple times. If you don't know a lot about dressage or jumping I would think that a horse at 17 schooling 1st level and jumping fences that big in the video would be fine for someone ho probably will just start working on basic dressage and popping over crossrails and small verticals.
    07-18-2010, 12:38 PM
Green Broke
Hey, he looks like a nice horse. I would be reluctant to buy an OTTB that is 17 only because his years of riding and competition life could be limited. Most racehorses have a very strenuous and demanding beginning to their life which can result in soundness issues later on. I am not saying this is the case for ALL racehorses, I would just be careful when choosing to buy one that is over the age of 15.

Generally I think most horses that have lead healthy lives can be active way into their twenties and thirties, unfortunately a lot of racehorses do not fit into this catagory.
    07-18-2010, 04:01 PM
That's a great point to think about, I should ask how much he was raced. He looks in decent condition for a 17 y/o, but there could be underlying issues.

Thanks everyone for your input, you've given me alot to think about! I'll keep you all updated! :)
    07-26-2010, 06:52 PM
I think all you guys are spot on. I've worked with TB's on and off the track, and this one looks like a god sent. With the rider wobbling around, her legs are all over the place, usually that would send any TB that has been on the track into orbit!!! He is jumping really nicely even with wobbles on his back. If he has done 1st and 2nd lvl dressage and can jump like that, I'd say he's quite a experenced horse. The only thing is that he is a 17 yo OTTB. If he is not lame yet, I wouldnt doubt he will be very soon.
    07-26-2010, 08:55 PM
He sure is a nice looking horse. Nice mover and as others have pointed out, obviously has patience to pack around wobbly legs. The only thing that caught my eye about the ad is the part about him not being good for fox hunting. I'm thinking he probably gets easily overstimulated and strong in more high activity events. He's definitely worth a look, especially if he's the only good one you've found during your search.

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