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post #11 of 15 Old 10-16-2011, 07:23 PM
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My computer is a little slow on playing videos so forgive me if I'm wrong here...

The little filly:
I like her breeding, a trainer that I used to start colts for used to show "Rooster" he is a great horse! She seemed unworried about riding in a big space, some colts like to run off a little when in a open space by themselves. She seems eager to stop and it looked pretty good. She also didn't seem worried about the lead change and looked fairly smooth....but then again the video is rather fragmented on my computer. One thing that needs improvement is her turn arounds, it looked as though she was swapping ends and not really planting her pivot foot. I realize that with a young horse that planting that foot isnt quite as important as simply moving the other foot around it, planting it will come with time. But swapping ends is a problem, shes losing her forward momentum. Easy fix though...
Also did you notice the tail swishing?

The gelding:
The gal riding in this video did not do this horse any justice. Just note she never changed leads on him and never showed any speed transitions. Also with an older horse that has been showed extensively he my be "show smart". He was not a great stopper, this may be due to the rider. She let him just fall into a kinda stop. And when she attempted to stop him a little harder, he seemed a little dumpy in the front. His turn a rounds are a little to be desired. Even though he does plant his pivot foot he looked as though he hopped around in the front with his head up...this will not score well as you know. I did like that he loped around easy and up in his bridle.

I will stress again that the videos don't play well on my computer and I probably missed a lot :)
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-16-2011, 09:03 PM
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Cowchick, you saw a lot of the same things I did. That was one of the things I didn't particularly like about the filly is that he seems to be backing her into her spins and losing the forward motion of them. Because of how he was asking, that was also confusing her on which hind foot was supposed to be her pivot foot. I think it was to the ?left? that she would keep swapping which hind foot she planted...when she did plant one.

The bloodlines could certainly be the reason for her to cost more. With her being a half sister (and advertised as such) to such a well known horse, that probably plays a big part in it. The gelding's pedigree seems to be mediocre at best and that is likely why the horse himself is just mediocre. The filly, on the other hand, has well known lines that are pretty dang good. Shoot, if you ever wanted to do any kind of cow work on her, she should have a bit of cow savvy as well.

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I've done some cow work on my uncle's stallion; it's definitely something I'd want to try on the filly.
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the first one looks father along, more relaxed in the circles and guiding well, but isnt spinning properly and stopping on his front....the second is way greener and still has quite a ways to go but looks to have more potential, although in some of her stops she is tight in her shoulders and stopping on her front, its not bad ( she wants to move out just hasnt quite figured it out yet) I like the second one better looks like it has more potential, but also needs alot of work
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post #15 of 15 Old 10-17-2011, 01:16 AM
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I would be concerned that the filly is only a little over 2 years old and she's already in reining training- and has been in for 5 months. I agree with painted that if you did decide on her a vet check would be a must. IMO it seems like asking a 2 year old to be doing spins and hard stops is a little much, especially considering she has no boots on. At her age she is still finding her balance with a rider.
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