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post #1 of 12 Old 03-04-2011, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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So I was back on here a little while ago posting for another horse and you guys were all super helpful, so I'm here again.
Anyway, they're asking $5000, dropped to $3000 for this horse, she's a registered Canadian Warmblood, eight years old. The only think that immediately strikes me is that she looks a little long in the back and a bit rushed over some of the fences however... the video was shot of her jumping for the first time in awhile.
Anyway, overall what do you guys think? Horse-only critique please.
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-04-2011, 01:40 AM
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I like her, alot. She has really good swing in her back and a lot of suspension in the trot. At the canter, she seemed to need to bob her head quite a lot. Don't know if that means she just isnt engaged behind enough and is using the momentum of a swinging head to lift her shoulders. H m m m .
She seems like a big horse who needs a lot of room . I almost got the feeling that at the canter she would do better if she had a lot more room and could move aat a slightly higher speed. Her front leg movement is nice. She puts her toe down first and I hear this is the best way, really nice and light on her knees. I think she,d be nice in dressage. I really like her.
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I did notice the head bobbing but I have no idea what might be the 'cause' of it. She doesn't seem to have huge glaring faults though and I like that she's not a huge hyped-up ride. I'm going to see her tomorrow for the first time, so we'll get to know her temperament, etc. a little better then but I'd just like some things to look out for. (: Thanks for your opinion, I really like her overall as well but I don't want to be blindsided by the fact that I'm absolutely in love with the breed.
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Yeah, her temperament came across as stable . I didnt' see rushing over jumps, but I am not a jumper. I think once you had her a bit waked up and let her stretch out to her needed stride, she'd be fun. A long back is weaker, but it makes for a smoother ride and she really had a lot of "schwung" in her back. Very rythmic trot. The canter , though h m m m m.
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Hm... I'd like to hear a few more opinions on the canter then, I think if she extended a little more it would look a lot nicer but I'm really no expert...
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Her canter seems nice to me, straight, and her hind is nicely under her. The first few jumps I wasn't a huge fan of hers, but as she got more into it you start to see her talent for scopier jumps. She just needs to build up her jumping muscles, right now she seems to have more dressage muscles. I see what you mean about extending her canter, but at the end of the video you can see that she can, I just don't think she was being asked for it. For that price, I think you should for sure go and ride her, and see if you click. She's very pretty!
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She seems like a nice green horse. What is your level of expertise at expanding this horse's foundation? IOW's are you training her or are you sending her out?

She looks a nice sort but green and will need much work on foudations before moving up in jumping.

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I was definitely accurate when I saw rushing over fences. I went to see her today and there really isn't anything 'quiet' about her. The second she came over the first jump she took off around the arena and ended up bucking, kicking, etc. and it took a few laps each time to get her to come down. Eventually she got a bit better, half a lap and down to trot, but it was like she wasn't feeling the bit in her mouth or me on her back, she was just... I don't know how to describe it. I've got a fair bit of experience but I'm not looking for another horse like that.
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I was definitely accurate when I saw rushing over fences. I went to see her today and there really isn't anything 'quiet' about her. The second she came over the first jump she took off around the arena and ended up bucking, kicking, etc. and it took a few laps each time to get her to come down. Eventually she got a bit better, half a lap and down to trot, but it was like she wasn't feeling the bit in her mouth or me on her back, she was just... I don't know how to describe it. I've got a fair bit of experience but I'm not looking for another horse like that.
Man, this sums up what half of my recent horse shopping experience has been The other half is that the sweet, quiet horses are all lame

Glad you were able to try her, you'll find the right one!



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Ugh, that's why you always go and see the horse in person. They can edit anything out with videos. I saw one horse a couple years ago, they said anyone could ride her, she was a witch. She bucked, and would go forward. We even had a professional cutter who has been riding for 40 years get on and he had trouble. The mare is still for sale after 3 years.
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