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        03-26-2009, 07:13 PM
      #1
    Trained
    Another option

    If you look in this thread, I was considering/weighing up the pros and cons of buying an unbroke, registered Appaloosa/QH filly.

    Well... I have found another horse that may be a better option for me.

    Here he is:



    Ad: Reg ASH 2yo Colt

    Okay. Reasons this may be a better option.

    1. He is a registered ASH. ASH are my favourite breed. I currently own one and am venturing into the world of ASH breed shows, which I really enjoy. I would like to keep showing ASH shows. Also, ASH is the favoured breed for campdrafting, which I am also interested in, as well as Polocrosse. I am already a member of the ASH society. I would be able to show him in led classes before he was broken, which would be good exposure, without joining a new society.

    2. He is a boy. Admittedly, he is a colt, but I would certainly geld him. I don't have the facilities or the time to responsibly care for a stallion. A gelding would fit in with our little band of horses, who are all geldings also. It would also avoid any POSSIBLE problems with a mare, attitude changes, etc.

    3. Conformation. To my eyes (feel free to correct me!) he doesn't look to have any of the slight conformational problems that the filly has. He looks to have decent enough conformation to be a good led showing prospect, no apparent blemishes. Also looks compact enough to be compatible with my main choice of disciplines (cow work, agility based sports ie polocrosse/MG.)

    SO...

    You have all been very helpful in the other thread. SO I ask the samething here. What do you think of him? And which do you think would be the better decision? He is half the price of the filly, which is a consideration. About the same distance in the other direction to go and see, so would be in the same situation regarding vet check, etc.

    Not a lot fo information in the ad, no info on his breeding, height, etc. I would be more inclined to think he is a better height than the filly, simply because ASH are bred to be smaller than QH/appy's. Once I find out his breeding, i'll let you know.
         
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        03-26-2009, 07:21 PM
      #2
    Trained
    I am not too familiar with ASH so I'm not going to make much of a critique. I think this guy would be a better choice though. He fits into what you want to do, is more affordable, and just sounds like an overall better match.
         
        03-26-2009, 07:38 PM
      #3
    Foal
    He's very beautiful, but like Dove I don't know enough about the breed to be seriously critiqueing him. He does look like a good buy though! Good luck
         
        03-26-2009, 08:20 PM
      #4
    Trained
    There aren't any majore conformational differences in the ASH. They are built to be almost a lighter version of a QH. They have a lot of Arab and TB blood. Mostly it's just general conformation traits.

    I do think he is a better match. The only issue would be getting him gelded. I'm not exactly sure how expensive it is, but I think around the 700/800 dollar mark. Is it very traumatic for a horse this age? Does it require a lot fo special care, ie. Stabling? (we don't have stables. We do have sheep yards.)
         
        03-26-2009, 08:24 PM
      #5
    Trained
    How studdy will he be seeing as he will be gelded fairly late? It diesn't bother me too much, my last horse acted very studdy, but just curious.
         
        03-26-2009, 09:16 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    There usually aren't any complications with a late gelding and two isn't even all that old. I like this little boy a lot more than the filly you were looking at and it seems as though he is a much better match for the direction you are going in. He looks very well put together for a two year old and I don't really see anything that flies out of me, although it is hard to tell from that one photo.
         
        03-26-2009, 09:41 PM
      #7
    Showing
    He is super cute.
    Adorable face, great throatlach, nice neck, nice shoulder, nice wither, shorthish, athletic back, the wither comes back nice and centered. Hip is a little sharp and pointy, but no biggie. Nice clean legs, but from this angle the front pastern angles don't match the hind... I would see if that's a common thing, but pastern angles can be influenced by a trim. Nice clean front legs.

    Okay, I might have given you an incorrect critique because I think he is adorable and I personally would want to ship him over to Canada
         
        03-26-2009, 09:57 PM
      #8
    Trained
    Woo! Yay! I'm very happy that you guys all like him :]

    Ha ha that's okay JDI, I think he's adorable too! I'll forgive you!

    I do agree about his hip/rump being a bit angular, but I think maybe that will fill out once he starts some work, hill work and such. Though I could be wrong.

    I just called the people, but it's the middle fo the day and got the answering machine. I'll try again tonight and hopefully get some more photo's!
         
        03-26-2009, 10:36 PM
      #9
    Trained
    I called our vet, and got a quote for gelding a 2yo colt. Approximately $390, not including travel, which is fine as we can float him there. So not too expensive. That was one of my worries.
         
        03-26-2009, 10:36 PM
      #10
    Showing
    I agree, he has much better confo than the filly and will probably fit your plans better. He is definitely cute and the only thing I noticed that no one else has mentioned is that it looks like there are some bumps on the front of his chest. It may just be the pic but it almost looks like hives??? LOL. I could be completely off though.
         

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