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        08-17-2007, 01:13 PM
    Conformation critique: possible purchase

    A local rancher has this QH gelding up for sale for $1850.

    I don't want to give away too much of what I think, but here are some things you should know:

    - My vet estimates his age at 18-20.

    - He was out at pasture (meaning they didn't feed him or ride him) from last August until June. Since June, they've been feeding him but not riding him. Thus, he's pretty under-conditioned. Under regular, quality feeding and work, I expect him to gain at least 50 pounds of muscle, mostly at the neck, shoulder, and rump.

    - Planned use: mostly trail riding, some low-level hunter stuff (up to 2').

    I know this horse pretty well as far as temperament and training, so that's not a question for me. I'm most concerned with potential lameness issues in the future due to his age. He's W/T/C sound right now, but would probably get sore in the front after a hard day of barrels or jumping. What do you think of his conformation? What lends to/detracts from his potential soundness?

    Thank you for your opinion.


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        08-17-2007, 02:18 PM
    I don't see any glaring you said, he's out of shape, but I like the angles of his shoulder and hip. Got nice legs, good pasterns and solid hooves from what I can see. He's a little long in the loin and back. His neck is angled toward me, so its hard to judge, but doesn't look ewe, just under-muscled.

    The age thing would be an issue to me, but he doesn't look unsound or likely to become unsound with a reasonable work load. I'd bet on back pain before lameness.
        08-17-2007, 02:40 PM
    Thank you for your opinion. I'm definitely looking forward to getting him back in shape.

    FYI re: the price: he's in Southern California and is thus twice as expensive as he'd be in the Midwest.


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