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post #1 of 10 Old 06-21-2010, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Belgian gelding critique, 3 questions for ya...

Un-usually colored Belgain (cross) gelding. He is a 16.2hh GOOF BALL

He is fourteen years old. Was a pasture pet for most of his life up until I received him four months ago. He now rides English and Western, walk, jog, trot, canter and gallop. He will jump low jumps and trot or canter the barrel and pole patterns (for fun). Rides bareback with a halter and leads, rides double too.
He is SMART and loves to learn so to keep him busy we've started teaching tricks (bow, waive a flag, step up, throw jolly ball)
He has taken very well to learning voice commands. He will trot off and stand in a corner on command (its just cute), free lounges voice commanded, "leads" with out a halter or lead rope (follows), backs up voice commanded etc.
He does however require a rider who will RIDE him not be a passenger. He is not a big dumb draft he is a big too smart for his own good draft which is excellent for me, terrible for anyone novice or timid
Stands for the farrier, trail rides in a group but not well alone yet, gets along with everyone, easy to catch (puts his head into his halter for you), stands tied, easy to tack up, stands still to get on and so fourth.

A) Over all critique and what do you think of him.

B) He is for sale, curious, what would you feel is a fair asking price?

C) If you were guessing his breed what would you think? (Belgian x ?)







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post #2 of 10 Old 06-21-2010, 10:53 AM
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I say QH X Belgian. Price wise he would probably sell for $1,500 around here if your lucky. I'm not good at conformation but he is very cute!
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-21-2010, 01:09 PM
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That's a really good looking horse! Everything is way more expensive where I live than anyone else so I can't even begin to talk prices, lol!

He has such a kind face, it's amazing how much you've done with him already! How can you let him go!?



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I really like this guy, I'd love to keep him but I have "my" horses and then I have the problem children who need training to be properly re-homed (Like this guy) and rescues who need food, care and training. He is ready to find someone to give him a job!

$1,500 is exactly what I am asking for him, in this market its always tough to say. I like to price them LOW but with him I'm not in a hurry to sell him and I feel with a draft horse I like to see people pay something "substantial" so I know they can afford the feed and up-keep.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-21-2010, 01:41 PM
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He's darling but then I am partial to drafts :) He definitely has Belgian in him but for some reason his head makes me think of a Suffolk Punch too. He also has more feathering than most Belgians have. I'd say he's at least 3/4 draft. I've never met a big, dumb draft yet! My draft is the most friendly, curious, interactive, smart horse I have. He's the only one who knows his name.

No idea as far as price, being on the other side of the coast. Draft crosses with some training are going for anywhere between $800-3000 or so.

His conformation looks very solid, very handsome horse.

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I can't find a conformation fault on this guy! Excellent looking, and would probably sell for $1000-$2000 around here.
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He looks a LOT like the Belgian/QH mare I once had, Mary Lou. Mary Lou was my introductory horse to draft crosses, and the horse who made me fall in love with them! She even had the same face! I bought her for $400.00, underweight and unbroke. By the time I was done with her, she was very well trained, I could put anyone on her, and used her for lessons, and I sold her, for $2500.00. However this was 6 years ago - in today's market I probably wouldn't get that.

This is Mary Lou:






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post #8 of 10 Old 06-21-2010, 09:48 PM
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I agree with equiniphile,
Cannot find a conformation fault on the guy! Beautiful horse :)
And looks like a lovely personality !


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The only not gorgeous thing about him is that his head is a bit big and clunky. However, he comes by that honestly from his Belgian breeding. His coloring is absolutely stunning. I don't even know, do full Belgians ever have socks? I have no idea what he could be crossed with but he is one heck of a looker. It seems you have done a really good job with him too.

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I love him! if he were in Aus I would so snap him up.

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