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post #1 of 7 Old 02-25-2011, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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Horse hunting! Critiques + evals?

Hi guys :) I haven't been posting much lately because I've had so many issues with my guy. I ended up finding him an amazing 40 acre grass pasture board in Santa Barbara where he is enjoying sunshine and being a happy retired man where he can be comfortable.

Anyways -- I've been looking at finding my perfect 2nd horse. I just had a wonderful 8 y/o OTTB on trial since the 14th but he failed his vet check (right tendon palpated / ultrasounded badly) so we have to send him back and try again. I'm sad because I absolutely adored him and so I'm redoubling my efforts to distract myself.

I'm looking for a horse around 7 years old (6-9 is fine) to do some jumping (3ft and below), ETI showing, trail riding, camping and anything else that sounds fun. Really interested in TBs or other forward, fun horses with lots of personality. Plan on having both myself and the horse in training and have my trainers helping with the search. Green is fine (and basically everything in my price range is at least a little green) as long as the horse is sound and sane.

Omg, bored yet? Sorry! We found this horse that we will go look at this weekend but it's a 2 hour drive so I'd love to come prepared with good questions to ask or see if you guys find any major issues to perhaps save the trip:

7 y/o appendix gelding. I think he's adorable and supposedly has the most darling, affectionate personality which is a big deal for me. I guess my question is: is his back insanely long or is it just the rider/video? If it is sort of long, is it too too long? Am I crazy and making things up?


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post #2 of 7 Old 02-25-2011, 11:24 AM
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Wow, I really like him. I'm not the best and evaluating how he jumps, but he looks extremely willing and fluent. I don't like that chomping, that's something that would irritate me. He does have a really long back. Is that a bad thing though? He seems proportioned, and he looks well put together for a stretch limousine! :P I had a gelding that was his color and had a stretch limo back. He moved fantastically. He was a pure TB though. A friend of mine has an appendix mare who is also extremely long, but her legs were short. She looked like a wiener-horse. :) Is it just me or did he cut that corner in the beginning a bit on the forehand? Looks like he swung his booty around. I could imagine it being difficult for him to bend properly around the rider's leg because of his never-ending body.

My opinion is: I like him, he's beautiful, he moves nicely. Now someone that knows something about jumping can help you... ;)

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post #3 of 7 Old 02-26-2011, 03:42 PM
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I like him a lot. Either the rider or him is pacing themselves well to come up to the jumps at the right time. Very nice jog and canter, nice tuck over jumps. Depending on other things, he would go for $1000-$2500 around here.
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-26-2011, 09:40 PM
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I like him, but am curious to see how he jumps with a rider that actually releases. If you look closely in the video, the rider does not move her hands or offer more rein while jumping. I think that's why he's opening his mouth towards the end and after the jump.

In any case, I think he's definately worth a look as he is gorgeous and seems to be a nice horse.
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Hes gorgeus(sp?) I LOVE the look of his canter. His feet hardly leave the ground. Although i agree with the above post, hes getting next to no realease over the jumps, but still jumps them beautifully. I think hes defenitely worth a look!

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Thanks everyone! I will keep you updated Going horse hunting tomorrow!

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Good luck! I hope everything works out for you.

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