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post #1 of 6 Old 08-12-2013, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Critique this horse?

I'm looking at this thoroughbred, can you tell me what you think of him?
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-12-2013, 10:28 AM
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What are you wishing to do with this horse? Just flat work? Jumping?
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-12-2013, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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What are you wishing to do with this horse? Just flat work? Jumping?
Jumping, dressage, trail rides, maybe cross country, his owner says that he has done all of that.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-13-2013, 10:36 PM
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If the horse has done all that, why isn't it showcased in the video? I don't see anything that says that horse has any dressage training. He is being ridden on no contact whatsoever which suggest he either does not accept it or ducks BTV. One thing that really stands out to me is how much that horse is sweating for such a simple little workout. He was obviously warmed up for an extended period of time before this video was taken. He doesn't look lame at all. That's always a plus. For 10 years old, I would expect at least a horse that can move in balance on a little bit of contact, but the price is attractive. I guess if he's close by, it's worth a look.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-14-2013, 12:18 AM
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This horse does not have any significant level of dressage training and needs a lot of work to learn how to balance and bend. He travels around on his forehand and seems a little stiff in the hind end. Nor does he accept any contact on the bit... the moments his rider touches his mouth you can see the horse lean and pull against the reins (and they slip right through the riders hands). He has potential but needs so much work. I would pass, personally, but it's up to you and what you think your capabilities are as a rider to train this horse! Can't hurt to try him out.

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-17-2013, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
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I passed on him, but not because of the dressage and stuff, but because hi is an OTTB, that has already had an intense eventing career, and from what I could tell, he sounds like a future soundness issue. I also prefer shorter horses.
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