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        06-15-2011, 09:59 AM
    Critique the possible buy (FREE HORSE!)

    This guy is a 13 year old TB, well broke and 16.2 hh. He's FREE! I'm going to contact the seller later today to get some details. In the meantime, while I know this isn't the best picture, what do you think of his confo? It's the only picture available.

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        06-15-2011, 10:22 AM
    Honestly...I'm not loving it. He's got an obvious ewe neck, don't like how his neck ties in at all, over at the knee, no real top line and is that a hunteres bump??
        06-15-2011, 10:26 AM
    Good eye Cecilia, that's definitely a hunter's bump.

    Straight shoulder too, which means a very uncomfortable ride.

    Not crazy about those shark fin withers, either. Going to be hard to fit a saddle to those.

    Free doesn't always equal bargain, OP. A badly put together horse eats just as much as one who's put together nicely, and the badly conformed one is more likely to have physical issues down the road.

    However, if you like him and your personalities click, you might want to take a chance on him. Pretty is as pretty does in most cases.
        06-15-2011, 10:27 AM
    Green Broke
    He looks ok -why is he free?
        06-15-2011, 10:31 AM
    Added to everything already mentioned, his back end could be a totally different horse than his front. Over at the knee like that is desired in racehorses, believing to increase sturdiness and longevity over years of pounding on the track. But, I still don't like him. His color is pretty much the only thing going for him.
        06-15-2011, 10:32 AM
    ^ What she said.
        06-15-2011, 10:39 AM
    He does have some conformational issues. If you are seriously considering him, remember he might not be good for what you want to do with him. AND vet him out!!
        06-15-2011, 11:10 AM
    Originally Posted by flytobecat    
    He looks ok -why is he free?
    Fly, there are various reasons why horses are free.

    I got this boy for free. Of course, he was just off the track so I spent $$$ getting him retrained, but other than that, he's a lovely sane, sound, calm horse.
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        06-15-2011, 11:16 AM
    Hmm - looks like they know how to take a conformation shot ... why did they cut off his pasterns and feet?
    If he were brown, would you still like his conformation? His front end is pretty wonky all around.
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        06-15-2011, 11:17 AM
    ^ Feet cut off, and the picture is taken at an angle that makes him look severely downhill, when in reality he seems to be built pretty uphill.

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