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post #1 of 19 Old 10-27-2009, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Possible Buy Please!

I have been shopping for a pretty well trained, large horse that I can compete in hunters with. I am a larger rider so I need a larger horse, and I have looked at a million ads online and none of them were quite right. Then I stumbled on this guy this morning, he seems nice so I would like opinions please!!

Age: 9
Height: 17 hands
Breed: Hanoverian
Sex: Gelding
Asking Price: $4,000

Note From Seller: Ben is a large easy going fellow. He is very attractive. He goes well outside he has little to no spook, he has nice slow gaits. He is very willing to the fences. I have jumped him 2'6" has done a bit at 2'9". He jumps anything that you put in front of him. I see him as a hunt horse, trail horse. Ben will go out for a ride by himself or with others. He is well suited to carry a person the needs a larger horse. He is well worth a call.





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post #2 of 19 Old 10-27-2009, 03:20 PM
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He looks like a lot of horse for the money, but I wonder why he's swishing his tail so much? Flies or a sore back? If it is a sore back, he is doing very well inspite of it!

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post #3 of 19 Old 10-27-2009, 03:47 PM
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I think it's the way the camera is moving in the beginning, but he looked like a he took a few funny steps in the beginning. Again, could just be the camera. But the fact that most of the video is him cantering around is also fishy to me. I like seeing LOTS of trotting.

If you do anything with him, make sure you get a PPE and maybe do a trial incase they have him on meds - they can get out of his system & if any issues pop up you can adress them.

Other than that, he's cute :)

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post #4 of 19 Old 10-27-2009, 03:54 PM
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I'm kind of curious as to why she never sat through his canter? She braced herself the whole time. He looks likes he's got a pretty nice canter. I would also have like to have seen more trotting. That was the biggest issue with Duchess, she doesn't know how to trot for more than a few seconds.

I would definitely take him on a trial, especially for that money.
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post #5 of 19 Old 10-27-2009, 04:45 PM
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I smell fishies!
A 9 year old Hanoverian gelding (if it really is a Hanoverian - I don't see a brand) (a) should be jumping way higher than 2'6 and (b) should have at least another 0 on his price.
I suspect lameness problems.
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post #6 of 19 Old 10-27-2009, 04:58 PM
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I agree with Anebel, hanoverians normally go for so much more than 4000, deffinitly get a vet check and a trial period with him to make sure theres nothing hidden, like lamness problems or overall health problems. Id have a good farrier check his feet too
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post #7 of 19 Old 10-27-2009, 04:59 PM
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I've seen quite a few unbranded Hanos go for that price lately depending on their locaiton and there was nothing wrong with them

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post #8 of 19 Old 10-27-2009, 05:31 PM
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I would go see him. Horses that are less advanced in their training due to issues on the owner's end is often why a horse will go for next to nothing.

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post #9 of 19 Old 10-27-2009, 05:41 PM
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I like him. I think that the tail swishing is because of the flies, you can see him shake his head in the beginning bc of bugs. He definetly could use some polish on lead changes and transitions... but that stuff is fun to work on. I really like him, and he looks like a sturdy boy with good bones! :) Tell us if you end up trying him out (also I always would get a vet check on a horse, so you should do that regardless)

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post #10 of 19 Old 10-27-2009, 06:37 PM
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It's abit dodgy, but I'd say maybe give him a try. For that amount they must at least let you take him on a trial or something. See how he goes. Also check for any underlying problems.

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