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    01-12-2008, 07:06 PM
  #1
Weanling
Help!!! Looking for Project Pony

Since my project pony has been sold I am looking for a new pony to become my project. I would like a pony that is very willing and that has the possibility to jump 3'6" (around there)

Here are some that I have so far. Can you tell me what I should look for in there build/conformation and what to stray away from. Thanks!!!

Pony #1
http://ushja.equine.com/Horses/ad_de...f-93daf5255edf

Pony#2
http://ushja.equine.com/Horses/ad_de...daf5255edf&p=4

Pony#3
http://ushja.equine.com/Horses/ad_de...daf5255edf&p=6

Pony#4
http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1154393

Pony#5
http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse...rse_id=1124802

Thanks...Some are more work than others but I want to put show miles on the ponies that already jump the heights and make them an all around pony...My last project pony was skin and bones and we didn't even think she was going to live another week but we took her in and she ended up being able to jump the world and we never reached her max...I would like to do the same again!! Thanks
     
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    01-13-2008, 02:54 PM
  #2
Showing
Here's what I think:

Pony #1:
Very sharp dropoff from hip-tail (the croup). Nice shoulder and attachment point of the neck. Clean front legs, nice and straight, but I'd want to see a picture of the horse square in the back as well - this might be over-exaggerating the steep croup as well...Will be very flashy in the show ring, but beware for the hunters - some judges don't like colored horses (as in paint coloring). Research bald faces as well, I think this can affect their vision... somehow?

Pony #2
Very hard to tell conformation from the pictures given, but for some reason I don't like how her back end attaches to her body in the last picture.. but I can't put my finger on it...pic #3 makes her hip look pointy and her back look long. I would ask to see some squared-up "naked" photos - no saddle. She has a nice little tuck in the jump, but I would ask why she's being ridden in a bitless (hackamore).

Pony #3
Again, I'd like to see a picture of the horse w/o a saddle. But from this pic, he has a cute tuck to his jump. As with pony #1, I'd just beware of the coloring. I know it sounds dumb, but some (hunter, eq, dressage, etc..) judges don't like it.. weird, hey? I personally like different-colored horses - if you're doing jumpers, you could be riding a purple pony and nobody would care.

Pony #4
Nice rhythm around the course, not rushy at all. I just find her a little heavy-set, especially in her neck. She has a nice steady trot, and nice scope through the freejump. Her neck (for some reason) looks abnormally long in the pictures - but it could just be the action shot that is doing that. Notice her tuck is very boxy - flat knees, but they aren't tucked together. Also, her front left pastern (near front) looks really long in these pictures. I would want to see a conformation picture to see if it's just the motion of the video is doing this, or if it is really a fault.

Pony #5
Wow, has this guy got some scope! He is nicely squared in front, but not tucked up and under. Has great conformation over the fence. However, I would wonder if he was rushing to the fence - look at the takeoff point.. .although you hardly have to worry about him not clearing the fence. Again, I would want to see some conformation photos to see what he really looks like. He looks great over the fence, but the saddle and the way he's positioned could be hiding a million things.

IMO, I would like to see #4 and #5 first, then I would consider the other ones. Also, you won't know if you like them till you try them!!
Hope this helps!
     
    01-16-2008, 03:13 AM
  #3
Foal
#1:
I think it's grey horses that can have eye problems. My last trainer's grey horse had to have an eye removed...I don't remember why. I agree with above. Very sharp croup. Other than that okay. I agree with the paint and the hunters. You just don't see that many. Judges tend to lean towards the more understated colored...errr...solids.

#2:
The hackamore would also worry me. The second picture is pretty painful, through no fault of the horse. He's jumping flat, and honestly looks really worried. It's a bad jump. Maybe the rider pops him in the mouth? And that's why he's in the hackamore? I love the first picture, cute face. Picture three shows how long in the back he is. He looks weak.

#3:
Really hard to tell conformation from a jumping picture. He looks fun. Very square in the front end=safe.

#4:
Looks like he's jumping flat. I just don't like the front end. Square, but loose. Just not the most attractive. Again, hard to critique without a good conformation picture.

#5:
My favorite. I love his expression. I love his form. He's round and looks like he's experienced. I'd definitely want to see him.

I like #3, and #5 the best, but check them out. Pictures can be deceiving.
     
    01-16-2008, 08:04 AM
  #4
Showing
I like 5th one the most. Strong hip and neck. And as said before all round and proportional.
     
    01-16-2008, 08:06 PM
  #5
Foal
I like #3 and #5 they both have very nice bascules.
     
    01-16-2008, 08:35 PM
  #6
Foal
Here are my personal opinions :

#1 : I love the color on this pony. I know conformation is more important than color, but if it is a project you are intending to sell later on, being flashy helps. He has overall good conformation, though he is a little steep out his hip for my personal taste. I'd say that's the only obvious drawback when looking at his build. It looks like he is standing on a slight uphill, but his legs look nice and straight.

#2 : She doesn't look like she'd be a real project as she seems to have a lot of experience, and is already jumping big. I don't think she is as eye appealing as pony 1. She looks.... ok.

#3 : Very adorable. I like the way he looks over a jump. He looks like he is alert, and looking for the next jump. His frame is nice and even in a stretched out, moving pose, his conformation looks excellent.

#4 : Its hard to tell conformation when the horse is jumping, but she looks like she is put together well, is nice out the hip, and is comfortable jumping. She also has a cute face.

#5 : I really like his form alot over the jumps. He looks like he can jump alot higher. Just look at how much extra air he has over the jumps in those pictures.

I like 3 and 5 best, followed by 1. It'd be nice if you could see pictures of 1 jumping. Out of all of them, I'd personally be more excited about 3 because of his conformation, ability, and his adorable color.
     
    01-16-2008, 08:40 PM
  #7
Showing
I agree with EquiSoup regarding pony #2 looking very worried in pic #2.
And I'd like to revise my selection.. watching the video of pony #4 again, she doesn't look very scopey.. and her pastern does look long. I would be most interested in seeing pony #5, as he looks to have good conformation and the scope you're looking for.
But that's just my opinion.. I tend to lean towards liking WB, and he looks more WB-like than the others...
I still stand by my first critique other than that though.
     
    01-16-2008, 08:47 PM
  #8
Yearling
Quote:
#1 : I love the color on this pony. I know conformation is more important than color, but if it is a project you are intending to sell later on, being flashy helps. He has overall good conformation, though he is a little steep out his hip for my personal taste. I'd say that's the only obvious drawback when looking at his build. It looks like he is standing on a slight uphill, but his legs look nice and straight.

#2 : She doesn't look like she'd be a real project as she seems to have a lot of experience, and is already jumping big. I don't think she is as eye appealing as pony 1. She looks.... ok.

#3 : Very adorable. I like the way he looks over a jump. He looks like he is alert, and looking for the next jump. His frame is nice and even in a stretched out, moving pose, his conformation looks excellent.

#4 : Its hard to tell conformation when the horse is jumping, but she looks like she is put together well, is nice out the hip, and is comfortable jumping. She also has a cute face.

#5 : I really like his form alot over the jumps. He looks like he can jump alot higher. Just look at how much extra air he has over the jumps in those pictures.

I like 3 and 5 best, followed by 1. It'd be nice if you could see pictures of 1 jumping. Out of all of them, I'd personally be more excited about 3 because of his conformation, ability, and his adorable color
Yep I agree with you there Firelight27... took the words outta my mouth lol
     
    01-18-2008, 10:37 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Well, I have a 14hh pony that used to be in pony club he does dressage, jumping, CC, driving, western, and trick riding. He is up for lease, just thought i'd throw that out there.
     
    01-23-2008, 08:04 PM
  #10
Weanling
Well my trainer and I are going pony searching tomorrow...ha ha ha..we are looking at ponies all over the area and if we don't find one that stands out we are looking at #5 then #1 because if I can't make a pony jumper out of #5 I can make an stunning hunter/equitation horse out of #1....Hopefully we find something soon
     

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