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post #1 of 16 Old 06-12-2011, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Future Horse.. maybe?

What do you guys think of this girl? (Pictures and video included) I am tentatively in the market, and think this girl looks great! Worth the drive to go see?
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-12-2011, 09:48 PM
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She's a cute mare and seems like a sweet horse but I am not a fan of how behind the vertical she was in that video. That may have just been the rider but it's something to keep in mind.

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post #3 of 16 Old 06-12-2011, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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I saw.. I wondered if that was a bad habit, or maybe the rider just REALLY trying to collect her head for the video.
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-12-2011, 11:26 PM
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Yeah, very bad imitation of collection. Horse is heavy on the forehand, not using hind end and ducking behind contact. Good news is it's all a training issue. If she's young enough, she can be retrained correctly. Looks like a nice horse otherwise. Can't hurt to try her out and see how correctable it is.

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-13-2011, 11:36 AM
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Is she 18? Did I read the ad correctly? It seems like a lot of money for an older horse who still needs some re-schooling.
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post #6 of 16 Old 06-13-2011, 11:59 AM
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I see an older horse that has been trained for headset rather than proper engagement and carriage of self. Because of her age coupled with how deep/behing the vertical she is being ridde, I would suggest that she needs a good chiro and massage into longing to loosen and then properly build her back muscles. It's an investment for sure and while her price is reasonable, there are going to be additional costs (chiro, massage, and time of retraining at the least) that are certainly a factor.

Conformationally she is nice, movement wise she has been trained to move from the fore, so while I can't fault her for that, I also cannot accurately judge her movement. Her mouth is opened with her jaw braced against the bit showing me a stiff, fixed mover rather than free movement through the back and hind. Does she have potential? I think so. Is she worth the asking price plus the time and energy to retrain an older horse and the investment of chiro/massage to help the muscles remodel properly? That's really your call.

I think you can find nicer for cheaper or the same price that are younger. I'd rather personally take on a greenie than retrain an older horse that has been ridden improperly for an extended amount of time. Along those lines however she does look brave and honest to the jumps which is a plus - and something you may not get with a greenie.

At the end of the day it is really your call for what you are looking for however to me she looks like she needs some noticeable work before she would be considered (in my book) a solid H/J or BN Eventer.

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You could be right. I didn't think 3500 was bad, though, even for 18.. But I haven't bought a horse before, so that's why I asked you guys :P . Here is another option..
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-13-2011, 12:10 PM
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what exactly are you goals riding wise? Show wise? Event/experience wise?

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the new mare - eek to those withers lol but otherwise she sounds nice. Would love to see pics of her moving and so on but her show results are promising and she sounds like she is at least worth going to see.

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I am expecting to receive a video of the new mare today, and I will share it when I get it! I am sort of just looking for an all-around horse that can dabble in anything. I have shown in dressage, and am just learning to jump, but would love to show in that as well! I really just like to have fun and try new things.
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