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post #1 of 35 Old 04-24-2010, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Possible Buy!

Hey guys! I've looked at horse after horse....a Shire, two Quarter Horses, etc etc etc, and I found an amazing horse on Craigslist. Here's the blurb they wrote:

Hi there! Are you looking for a well trained Dressage, Hunter-Jumper horse? Then, I have the perfect horse for you. Her name is Molly. She is 6yrs old, 16hh, beautiful bay with a stripe. She is a performer and looker for sure. She is athletic and truly enjoys jumping (2ft). She loves to work hard for you. She has recently started western riding. She trailers, cross-ties, stands for farrier, grooming, tacking and shots. She is registered, utd on shots and has a current negative coggins. She appraised for $7500 but I am selling her for $850 obo because of the economy. Her father is Storm Cat, a champion racetrack horse. Come on out and take a look at this beauty! Call or text & I can send more pictures. Lindsay
They showed some pics and then texted me some more.

Iride Western but have been exercising my mom's boyfriend's polo Thoroughbreds (who ride English) and loved it, causing me to tack up my gelding English with my mom's old Pandur saddle and teach him. Ive started him over some 12inch jumps, but he just isn't cut out for it, ya know? Hes my baby I've been with him my whole life....he's 21 and I'm looking for a new challenge.

I called the lady with my mom, and she seemed verrrry honest. She said she was selling her because she needs to downsize for financial reasons from 4 horses to 1. Has extencive dressage training and some jumping, LOVES to jump. They're training her Western, too. Doesn't quite understand neck reining. Appraised at $7,500 but she is selling for $850 OBO (financial reasons). She just wants to find a good home for her.

I'm really excited. With the other horses I've looked at, I've wanted to believe it would work out but I knew it never would....with this one, I think it's really a possibility. My younger sister might be ready for my Paso Fino gelding soon....if he gets over his separation anxiety, which he will if I have another riding horse on the trails with him.

Anyway....any critique from the pics they sent me? I'm going to see her tomorrow around 7 pm. Thanks guys! Oh--and she's registered

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post #2 of 35 Old 04-24-2010, 10:04 PM
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I like the athleticism that Storm Cat throws but every Storm Cat baby/grandbaby I've ever ridden has been the same - they are NOT easy rides. He tends to throw a buck and an attitude, especially in mares. That said, they are usually quite athletic and with the right ride can do very well.  907
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post #3 of 35 Old 04-24-2010, 10:15 PM
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I'd be nervous at that price. I wouldn't buy her without an extensive PPE and several rides. My first guess would be a major health or behavioral issue they are trying to hide
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I honestly believe they're honest....if everything works out tomorrow and I like the horse, I'm going to ask for a one-week trial (any drugs will have worn off by a week). Any critique of the way he moves?
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The price thing does scare me. She looks nice enough, her movement looks pretty good... I just don't understand why all the pictures are western if most of her training is in english.

I would do a PPE, despite how honest the owner may seem. I've done one on all of my horses (with a drug test) regardless of how honest the seller seemed. The economy sucks, but that a very substantial price drop.
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I'll try to have one arranged. My moms boyfriend is coming with us, and he's really knowledgable about buying horses etc
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There's something funny about her hocks....they bulge at the back or something
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Originally Posted by equiniphile View Post
There's something funny about her hocks....they bulge at the back or something
Good eye as I see it after you mentioned it.
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Yeah, the hocks bother me as well. So does her neck, but it just needs some muscling, I think.

Never, ever forgo a PPE. Ever. Even if the seller is your own mother. I know so many people that thought they could trust the seller and it ended very badly for them. Drugs are the least of your worries. What if there was a previous injury that was serious, but you don't know about it? Some injuries can severely hamper a horse's future and the smallest things can cause reinjury.

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I'll vet a vet check. I also know their vet (I asked them who their vet was) and am considering calling them to make sure the horse hasn't had any medical problems in the past.
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