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    09-03-2011, 08:27 PM
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How does this handsome guy look?

Going to look at this dude moday possibly, if he looks OK to ya.
4 y/o ottb gelding, 16.2hh. Ad says he is quiet, knows leads, works in arena, has enough balance to canter in a 60 x 120 arena, and he has trotted cavalettis.

Eventing prospect. Video:
He is being worked in some sort of shanked bit in this video, with contact :/

Anddd picture! :)
     
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    09-03-2011, 09:24 PM
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Weanling
Equibase says he had a start in a maiden claimer on August 25th, so he certainly isn't very far off the track, is he? He certainly seems like a sensible dude, particularly given that he was racing so recently. With 20 starts under his belt, though, I would definitely do a PPE.
     
    09-03-2011, 09:49 PM
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I believe he is still owned by the people that raced him by the way she talked. She doesn't know if he has good feet or not, because he has always had shoes because he is pretty fresh off the track. I believe she said he has been trail ridden and ponied racehorses as well.

Do his legs look good? I think they do but I never can judge my own possible purchases well.. Lol.

I would get a PPE regardless, though.

Thanks for the input!
     
    09-03-2011, 09:51 PM
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Weanling
First impression is good from the photo. His legs look clean and the only flaw I see is maybe his neck is set low? But nothing that couldn't be improved with some proper work and muscling. I'm a little confused by the video, to be honest.... I think it's coming through my internet service all choppy and wierd, so I won't comment on movement other than yay for her for getting a right lead on such a recent racer! He looks base narrow when she is mounting him, and must be a saint (or something else is going on) for being completely calm at mounting, walking on the mounting block, and being ridden in a large pasture full of other horses and donkeys. Like you said too, why that bit? :-/
     
    09-03-2011, 10:01 PM
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First impression is good from the photo. His legs look clean and the only flaw I see is maybe his neck is set low? But nothing that couldn't be improved with some proper work and muscling.
That is what I saw too. I think he is just undermuscled, and maybe a little ewe necked from bracing against the bit while racing. It does seem like he has a naturally low head set.

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I'm a little confused by the video, to be honest.... I think it's coming through my internet service all choppy and wierd, so I won't comment on movement other than yay for her for getting a right lead on such a recent racer! He looks base narrow when she is mounting him, and must be a saint (or something else is going on) for being completely calm at mounting, walking on the mounting block, and being ridden in a large pasture full of other horses and donkeys.
He does seem like he has some training other than racing, so that is definitely good. I was like "What??" when he ran into the mounting block. Maybe he was being accidentally cued or something. At least he didn't freak out, he just looked a little annoyed. I would be too.

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Like you said too, why that bit? :-/
Ignorance maybe? It almost looks like a tom thumb. The owner said she didn't know anything about eventing, which is wierd considering the hunter picture?

Thanks for your reply.
     
    09-03-2011, 10:20 PM
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Foal
I don't know if it is just the computer but he looks a little off to me in his front left. I would check him out. He looks like he is short stepping in the front left. But not for sure...
     
    09-03-2011, 10:28 PM
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What gait?
     
    09-04-2011, 11:29 PM
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Would anyone else like to add anything?
Most likely going to see him tomorrow :)
     
    09-05-2011, 12:02 AM
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Weanling
He looks like a nice boy too me, from the photo.
Bit low on muscle.
If he was just out of racing he'd be far more muscled than that.
Also as to the "yay for her for getting a right lead on such a recent racer" all the TBs I have ridden that have been in full race fitness and training have known their leads and their changes. It is not something that should be expected to be shoddy just because the horse was fresh off the track.

If you did get him I would suggest giving him a few months down time to get the grain out of him so to speak and then bring him in slowly.
     
    09-05-2011, 12:06 AM
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Right, yes. Owner said she feeds 14% pellets, but did not mention how much. I agree that he could gain some lbs of muscle.
     

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