worth looking at, but by all means, if you're going to event with her, please, PLEASE examine her feet closely! Being a young horse, her feet are still in the developmental stages, and looking at her strides in the pictures, you can tell she lands toe first. Make sure that her toes are rounded ( on the edge instead of < . It affects her breakover, and she will not perform correctly or as well as she could if her feet are done properly. Make sure she has a good tall heel too, that her frog goes 3/4 way across the bottom of her foot. Any less means her toes have been too long, any more she's too upright, and her legs weren't built for H/J or speed events.
Her head carriage is a little high for my taste, and she also has a long hip. Long hips with a short back can lead to overreaching, so watch her canter and gallop, make sure that she doesn't clack her back toes on her front heels.
Be sure to pull her away from her pasturemates, to where she can't see them, and see how she reacts. If she gets fussy, see how hard it is for you to keep her attention.
Also, before you leave home, put a plastic grocery bag in your back pocket. When you are picking up her feet and fooling with her, make her look at you and whip the bag out, shaking it loudly. Watch her response and the white in her eyes. If she still eyes you when you put the bag away, she's a nervous horse, and one that will need a lot of seasoning.
I bought a 5yr old Off Track Thoroughbred, dead broke, patterned on barrels, registered with three bars on his papers for $250. Keep that in mind, and be sure to offer less than what they're asking to see if they'll come down. The bottom has fallen out of the horse market, and for $1000 at an auction you could have a REALLY NICE horse that's seen it all.
GOOD LUCK!!! Just wanted to offer up some tips to keep in mind when you look...
Hope this helps!
Last edited by westonsma; 06-24-2009 at 05:48 PM.