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        10-12-2009, 05:33 PM
    critique a prospect please!

    He is a 3 year old, warmblood gelding. Sire is DWB and dam is Hanoverian...I would use him for lower level eventing and local h/j shows.
    Let me know what you think of him! He is very green but has great ground manners and has been under saddle a few times.
    He is priced at $3500 but negotiable because she needs to move him.
    Thank you!!!
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        10-12-2009, 06:00 PM
    He's pretty. I'd negotiate a lot on the price because he's so green. Is he registered?
        10-12-2009, 08:53 PM
    I'm not sure if he's registered or not...I would assume if he is, it would be with AWS. Something in his chest/neck is throwing me off though, but maybe it's just the shadows?
    What do you think of his confo?
        10-12-2009, 10:20 PM
    I'm not so great with conformation, but you're right his neck does seem too thick at the bottom, like there's no real distinction between his neck and chest.
        10-13-2009, 03:36 AM
    Necks thick and short, but other that that, might mean he has trouble coming onto the bit cause its so short
        10-13-2009, 12:40 PM
    Charli- Is that a chance I should just be willing to take? I know a few QHs with the short, stocky necks who are still able to go on the bit beautifully.

    I did find out that the dam is Hanoverian/Connemara, which is a great combination (I've got a Conn/Han and he is so level headed and willing, super athletic and a scrappy little jumper )

    The sire is also registered DWB, but I may keep looking still...he has only been backed twice, never clipped and 'objects' to being bathed.

    Any other confo critiques?? What about his feet and his pasterns?
        10-13-2009, 12:49 PM
    There's something about his front legs I really don't like. Im not the person to ask about confo though so it could just be me.
        10-13-2009, 12:49 PM
    His front legs look wonky to me, and his hocks look very posty. I'd be concerned about those legs holding up in the long run. Does the owner have any other confo shots without such bad shadows?
        10-13-2009, 07:47 PM
    Warmbloods tend to take longer than others in terms of growing into their legs, I have photos of my current horse as a 3 year old and he had that similar appearance of awkward leg to body proportion because his body had not filled out yet.
    However, this horse appears to have delicate pasterns and cannon bones in the front, which can be unsafe for heavy jumping. He also has a small upright shoulder and doesn't have a lot of chest. His hocks are not the greatest either, along with delicate pasterns again. He has a pretty well built wither and back, nothing jumps out at me there. For H/J especially, you would want a longer neck rather than shorter. I would also say his headset is a tad high for jumping but that is a minor detail. I don't know what these people are working on with the horse, but his neck muscling is rather strange.
        10-14-2009, 10:49 PM
    Thank you for all the responses! I am going to keep looking...there are so many great steals out there right now I'm really taking my time! I'm sure I'll be posting another possible prospect in the near future but these critiques help train my eye, so thanks again

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