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post #1 of 44 Old 10-06-2011, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Possible Buy for barrels(hopefully the one!)

What do you think of this boy as a barrel prospect? He is 7 hours away so I am trying to get some opinions before I make that trek.

I can't tell but in the last 3 pics it looks like his left front is turned out. Maybe it's just the picture as it looks like he was either standing on a hill or taking/getting ready to take a step in that direction. In the first 2 it looks perfectly fine. I really like him and everything that I was told about him fits what I need/want. The seller has been very honest so I feel she would be honest about his leg, especially since he was advertised as a gaming prospect.

If his leg is just a trick of the camera I'll be making time to go see him and bring him home. I feel a bit foolish to ask the seller, I don't want to offend.

Hopefully my months of viewing ads and visiting propsective horses only to be discouraged will be over with this boy.
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post #2 of 44 Old 10-06-2011, 09:09 PM
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I honestly can not tell from those pictures if his foot really turns out like that. I would ask the seller if she could get you some good square pictures from front back left and right just to make sure.

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post #3 of 44 Old 10-06-2011, 09:14 PM
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It really looks like his foot is turned out in all the pictures, yeah it may be that he is just standing funky but i really doubt he would be in every single picture. Then again you cant really tell in pictures, i would ask the owner for pictures of him squared up on an even surface and also pictures of him in action, that should help you be able to tell

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post #4 of 44 Old 10-06-2011, 09:20 PM
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Based on those photos alone, I'd pass. His legs would make me very leery. No foundation, no horse. Ask for good squared up confo shots on a flat surface from both sides, back & front. Video of him moving would be beneficial too.

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I just gutsied up and emailed asking her if it is indeed turned out. It would honestly break my heart if it is. He's exactly what I'm looking for personality wise and I like how he's built also. My heart is getting ready to pound out of my chest waiting for a reply. I'm so nervous. I've been looking for MONTHS and I finally find one where I get that feeling and something may be wrong with him.

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How old is he? He's a bit downhill. As for the leg, to me it looks to be permanently turned out or maybe it just turns out when he walks.
My friend's dad has a gelding who stands square, but when he walks or trots, his one back foot sort of turns/swivells out.
I would definitely get more pictures and maybe a video of his movements, just to be really sure before making the drive.

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lilruffian- He's 4. I believe he looks that way because in a few shots he's standing on a hill. If he is it's not terrible.

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Ugh it's what I feared His leg isn't turned but his foot is. She said he's never been lame on it and it never caused a problem but I just can't risk it causing issues down the road, especially since he would have been a barrel racer. I'm right about this aren't I, that it could cause issues down the road? I felt so bad saying no but I couldn't risk it.

I'm so upset. I've gone through countless ads over the past I don't know how many months and when I finally get the feeling it crashes. I don't know maybe it was the wring feeling. My friend suggested I go back to ripping horses confos apart because at least then I was hopeful and happy.

I also hate that I let myself get attached so fast. I'm vowing to not let myslef get attached until the horse is on my trailer and coming home with me!!

How do you guys get through the let downs of horse buying. Phantom and TC just kinda fell into my life and So far my first experience of looking to buy is not turning out so well.

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I can't help you there my colt was a miracle my mare was the first horse I saw and my others were given to me.
In my opinion horse buying is a really personal business. I always look to people I know and trust before I go to the market

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Don't be upset, it is much better to do what you are doing and take your time and get the right horse.
I get attached too when I am horse shopping, you need to force yourself to keep a sane head about it.

I am glad you are going to pass on this one, I would too!
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