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        04-26-2010, 05:07 PM
      #21
    Foal
    I agree her hocks are a problem. I would not be looking at her for a jumping prospect. I once rode a little QH with the same problems and she was great on trails ut everytime her owner got on her and jumped/cantered around the arena she came up lame.

    But she does look very sweet.
         
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        04-26-2010, 05:53 PM
      #22
    Showing
    I have a vet check set up for when I go to see her today. The wall kicking was because she had a mare as a stall neighbor and hates other mares, which is good because our only mare not around the big horses. (she's a mini). We have a cribber, and he does the same thing--chewing, no windsucking. After 18 years with him we finally found out that, once we built higher stalls, he stopped cribbing altogether except for on his feed bin.

    She looks great over the jumps. And if the vet says she could be injured with her confo for jumping, I'll just use her as a pleasure and maybe small show horse on the flat. I don't need a jumper, I mainly just need a pleasure horse that I can take to some smaller shows. For her to be able to jump would be okay, but it's not required by my standards for what I want to do with her.

    I'll have the hocks and elbows checked out for sure.
         
        04-26-2010, 10:35 PM
      #23
    Showing
    Vet said she's okay and that the capped hock will go away within a few months, and that it shouldn't impair her movements. Sound everywhere else.

    Today I walk and trotted her, then decided to try out her canter (yes, the one that needs a ton of work) and she tried to take me for a gallop. I stopped her within a few seconds and got her back down to a relaxed trot, but that canter is going to need some work. Then I tried jumping her. It was her first time being jumped under saddle, usually she's only lunged over jumps. I trotted her up to it, she took a giant leap, and tried to canter off, but I kept her at a trot and jumped her over it a few more times until I was confident she had learned not to run off after the jump. It was only about a foot and a half high, and she cleared it by a ton every time! :o

    While I was cooling her down, my mom, her boyfriend, and the owner discussed the price. We offered them $750 because I have to pay for the horse, and she said she couldn't go that low and that we should call her tomorrow with our decision. We've decided we're going to tell her we'll take her this week for $850, we'll trailer her with my mom's boyfriend's gooseneck to his barn and keep her there until we can rehome my Paint Clydesdale gelding.

    The other thing is....she chews on her bit. CONSTANTLY. They used a full cheek snaffle with this kind of bridle:
    http://i.ehow.com/images/a05/cv/te/e...es-800X800.jpg
    They said that bridle helped hold her mouth shut so she didn't play with her bit as much. I have just a regular English bridle with a noseband and an eggbutt....I also have a 6 1/2 inch D-Ring, another eggbutt, and a loose ring snaffle. I'm not sure which is suitable....I'm hoping my new eggbutt because I just spent $20 on that thing for my other gelding lol.
         
        04-27-2010, 09:32 PM
      #24
    Showing
    Well, she's mine:)

    I have to earn enough money to pay my mom back for her. We have one week to pick her up, and we have to wait until the ground hardens up so we can get my mom's boyfriend's trailer out of the grass to bring her there.

    I'm really excited. She's perfect for me.....well-schooled enough such that I don't need to teach her any dressage or riding work except for her canter, which will provide a good project for me.
         
        04-28-2010, 01:42 AM
      #25
    Yearling
    A flash noseband doesn't serve to close the mouth, it is just used to keep the bit properly positioned in the horses mouth.
         
        04-28-2010, 04:52 PM
      #26
    Showing
    Really? Okay, then I don't think it'll be a problem if I use a regular noseband, do you?
         
        04-28-2010, 05:12 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    She sounds really great, and I'm sure the owner was being honest about her.

    Keep us posted about how she goes when she arrives, and don't forget to take lots of photo's!
         
        04-28-2010, 05:15 PM
      #28
    Showing
    I agree about the Storm Cat line - they can be extremely testy.
    The hocks look capped to me - I would want to know what caused it (i.e. Is she a stall kicker?) - I don't believe the capped hocks themselves are a problem, so much as the underlying cause for them to be there in the first place.
         
        04-28-2010, 05:16 PM
      #29
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by draftrider    
    A flash noseband doesn't serve to close the mouth, it is just used to keep the bit properly positioned in the horses mouth.
    When used properly, you are correct.... but oh-so-many people abuse the Flash and do, in fact, use it to keep the mouth closed.
         
        04-28-2010, 05:26 PM
      #30
    Showing
    Congrats on the new horse!! So long as the bit chewing doesn't cause a problem when you ride her, I wouldn't worry about it. If it continues or gets worse though, I would have her checked for pain and then maybe start trying some different bits that she would like better.
         

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