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    04-13-2011, 06:01 PM
Dutch Warmblood - Critique Possible Buy

Hey all, I am searching for a quiet, lesson minded warmblood to learn English riding on (I have been dabbling in English for the past year, but previously (10 years) have only ridden Western.) I want to start doing dressage and a bit of jumping, basically just get good at English. Mostly just at my farm (we have a 200 x 300 indoor arena) not really for competition.

This Dutch warmblood has competed in children's short stirrup and also 3' equitation and hunter classes for 8.5 years. His owner says he very quiet and easy. He's 15 years old and 16 hh. What do y'all think about his conformation for what I'm wanting him for? Obviously, he's already been competing and doing great for years, but just want to know what you guys think of him. He's priced at 7,000 obo.









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    04-13-2011, 06:08 PM
Competition results?

Be wary buying an older horse as he may have soundness issues. You need to be prepared to maintain the horse, this is why the price tag is lower than it would have been 5-7 years ago. I would get a vet's opinion on him, but he does look like a lovely boy!

Good luck!
    04-13-2011, 06:31 PM
I'm not an expert on conformation but what really gets to me is his neck. I may be going crazy though.

Anyone else see what I'm seeing? O.o
    04-13-2011, 08:43 PM
If that is in dollars, he's nicely priced, about 5,000 I think, which seems about right for a horse of his age and type. (verging on expensive but that's just because the market here is shot at the moment) However if you just want to learn english, would a loan not be better until you have the hang of it? (and lucky you, having an indoor arena!! )

He is a nice looking chap, my kind of horse, and if you want quiet you are better going for one of that age. If he's been a child's mount he won't have been jumping very big, and the jumps in the photos are only little so hopefully he won't have been worked into the ground

There's a horse down the road, an RIDx, that is 28, he hunted until he was 22, so not exactly a quiet life, and is now a childs horse, still jumps, does shows/rallies etc, trust me, a 16 year old has a lot of life in him yet!

I must admit I do like him a lot!

There are two things that trouble me, the first is that he has a lot of muscle under his neck, which makes me think he hasn't been worked properly (if at all!) for a while at least.

The second is, why the dodgy clip? If he's difficult to clip I doubt he is a genuinely quiet horse...

There are not many 16 year olds that would pass a full vetting, but if you decide to proceed I would recommend you get him vetted so that you know what you are getting into!
    04-13-2011, 08:44 PM
Green Broke
I wouldnt worry about age at his age. I've got a 28 yr old in my field who is still hacking out and has never had a days lameness in the 13 years I've owned him, he is currently fed less then my youngster and aside from a mysterious bout of colic this year he sees the vet only for his vaccines each year.
    04-13-2011, 09:05 PM
I agree that a thorough vetting is a good idea, especially since none of the newer conformation shots show his legs without wraps or boots. Also, does he wear pads or corrective shoeing? I can't tell if I'm seeing things in that last picture... Good luck, and 16 is definitely not old for a healthy, well trained horse!!
    04-13-2011, 09:22 PM
Levade-I have a genuinely quiet horse I cannot clip. He is just playful and antsy, perhaps a bit ticklish, but I can asure you, nothing rattles him. EVER. Parking lot attendant is his goal in life, and his favorite speed.
    04-13-2011, 09:27 PM
Thanks, everyone, for your great comments and thoughts!

He will definitely be vet checked in a pre purchase exam before we buy. We breed, show, and sell high end Arabians, so pre-purchase protocol is certainly not new to me.

The owner says that he wears egg bar shoes and currently jumps 2'6'' in lessons 3 times a week. I'm not sure of his bloodlines, but he is registered KPWN so I can certainly check. I was thinking the same thing about the clip job, Levade....not sure why it's done so sloppily. I also see what you mean about his neck. Hmmm......

I definitely want an older horse....of course some youngsters can be calm, too. But I want/need a "been there done that" type of horse. Been to shows and trailered and all that fun jazz. He certainly seems to fit my check-list so far...he is about two hours drive from me so I will be going to see him in person soon. Thanks everyone for the comments!
    04-13-2011, 09:35 PM
Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Levade-I have a genuinely quiet horse I cannot clip. He is just playful and antsy, perhaps a bit ticklish, but I can asure you, nothing rattles him. EVER. Parking lot attendant is his goal in life, and his favorite speed.
I'm possibly just biased because we have 6 horses, and the only one we struggle to clip is a total nut job!
    04-13-2011, 11:52 PM
Wow, that's an amazing price I think if he's sound and able! He's not geriatric and if he's healthy he's got many many good years left in him! Do a full prepurchase and snap him up!

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