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post #1 of 6 Old 06-19-2009, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Critique possible buy - Over fences

Here is a couple of videos of a horse I tried over the weekend. 9yo QH, 16 hands and a bit. Being shown in the progressive and qualified for AQHA world.

I'm looking for a good Amateur AQHA over fences horse (fences 2'9" to 3'6" depending on the class) for Hunters, Eq, and hack, and am trying to decide between a well broke horse that I can really concentrate on myself, or a younger horse that I still have a lot of work to do with. (I have never had a "broke" over fences horse - they have always been green or had major problems to correct). I have 4 more I'm looking at this weeked and will try to get more videos from then.

On the flat trotting - this is definately his week point, but has a lot of room for improvement


Two line mini course; first line is 2'9 set on 4 strides going downhill; second line is 3' on 5 strides going uphill (He never feels like he's really moving, but I learned the hard way that if you push him out to the stronger pace I'm used to in order to get down the line, there will be a stride left out)


Three single oxers; 2'9" -> 3' -> 3'3"

(It is me on the horse for these videos). Let me know what you think, and Thanks!

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-19-2009, 10:14 AM
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I think he's super cute and a super quiet ride! He's really short strided but if you don't mind that and aren't thinking about doing A-Rated Hunters then he should be fine. He doesn't look like anything with a super personality though, he seems to have been a little boring to ride?
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I think it's a very nice looking horse. As for jumping, I'm not an expert in any ways, but he seems to be very quiet approaching the jump: certainly not afraid and not in rush either.
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I think he's super cute and a super quiet ride! He's really short strided but if you don't mind that and aren't thinking about doing A-Rated Hunters then he should be fine. He doesn't look like anything with a super personality though, he seems to have been a little boring to ride?
I agree that his stride is short at the trot, but I think it can be improved on some (although it will never be fantastic). At the canter he doesn't look like he's going anywhere, but how can he be short strided here and still make the proper striding down the lines without rushing or consistently long spots? I did 2, 3, 4 and 5 stride lines and never added a stride - actually left one out once

He really isn't that boring - he has quite a bit of personality on the ground, and is actually being sold because he is too spooky and too much horse for the youth rider who owns him to get him around the pen at shows (and I tried him at a show the first time and he really wasn't bad).
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He seems like a nice quite ride. As you said, he's not a fantastic mover. But he's certainly cute! As for the jumping, he is very rhythmic and seems to listen to you well. Does he have a standing martingale on? or something... I seem to see something attached there. I don't have anything against them, I was just wondering.

Overall, he looks like a safe, quiet jumper but he doesn't look like much of a challenge. Although, I don't know if that's what you are looking for. I would have to see him over more challenging fences to see his true form. 3 foot fences don't really show off any horse's true form.

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He seems like a nice quite ride. As you said, he's not a fantastic mover. But he's certainly cute! As for the jumping, he is very rhythmic and seems to listen to you well. Does he have a standing martingale on? or something... I seem to see something attached there. I don't have anything against them, I was just wondering.

Overall, he looks like a safe, quiet jumper but he doesn't look like much of a challenge. Although, I don't know if that's what you are looking for. I would have to see him over more challenging fences to see his true form. 3 foot fences don't really show off any horse's true form.
Yep - he has a standing martingale on. I've seen the trainer jump 3'6" on him, which is the highest he will ever show on the AQHA Hunter circuit. He handles himself with tighter form over the larger fences than over the 2'6" fences (he gets kinda loose with his lower legs). I don't have a video of it, though.

I'm currently trying to decide between a more finished horse or a prospect. I have never ridden a finished hunter, or a finished horse for anything that I haven't made myself, and I have to say that it's nice to ride a horse where I can concentrate on myself over the fences (I'm a much better rider on the flat than over jumps). And this horse just instills confidence in me - 3'3" oxers usually terrify me, and once I had taken a few lines on this guy, I didn't even think twice about it because they felt like 2' jumps with a longer spot. Howerver, I love working with young prospects and think I may be able to get more horse for less money with a prospect. I'm looking at 4 different ones tomorrow (2 two year olds and two 3 year olds), and will go from there.

Keep coming with the input about this guy - heck, you can even critique me if you want.

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