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post #1 of 10 Old 04-01-2010, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Jumping prospect?

11yo TB mare, been used as an advanced lesson horse, and she's got quite the jump. These are photos I took when I went to see her, but I don't have any of her under saddle. First impressions were good, and I'm going back to have a ride on her myself next week, but I thought I'd check out what you all think. Trying to get back into low level competition, and I'm hoping this girl will be the one.


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(head shot - she wanted snuggles when the owner took her cover off)

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-01-2010, 10:17 AM
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She's a cute horse. Which level do you want to compete?
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post #3 of 10 Old 04-01-2010, 10:22 AM
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Whats her name? How big? And she is quite a cutie!

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post #4 of 10 Old 04-01-2010, 07:56 PM
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What breed is she? She looks lovely, though a little bulky, especially through her neck and shoulder. But if she has a great disposition and is willing under saddle, I think she'd be a good low level jumper.

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She's a little too heavy on the front end for what I'd be able to use her for. I think she's got too small a rear, personally.
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Something I did forget to mention, she is pigeon toed (and currently barefoot - though she's getting a new set of shoes on Monday). However, I'm not going to breed her, so if she's not in danger of tripping herself every five seconds, I'm willing to overlook it. Oh, and according to her owner, she's by Zabeel out of Wild Applause.

And I was told the reason she was out of work is because she has warts or sores up her nose that get irritated and cause her to shake her head a lot. It seems she gets quite bad in summer, which is when she had her mini holiday. I'm looking into removal options (or even just a nose net) for this and I'll be getting the vet to look at those before I make a decision.

matzki; I'm not entirely sure. Probably just amateur stuff as I've never actually competed in show jumping before (I rode my friend's horse in a few showing classes before when she was ordered off, but that's the extent of my competition knowledge XD). This is probably going to sound cheesy, but since my instructor let me ride her jumper over a little 80cm practice course I've wanted to compete.

kathryn; Her name's Destiny, and she's 15.2h.

theluckygrey; She's a branded TB - trialled but unraced. She was quite nice, but I suppose I'll learn more when I ride her myself. I had a chat to a couple of students that ride her regularly, and they said she'll put some little pops in if she's excited. It should be interesting, because she's been out of work for three months.

westonsma; I think I see what you mean. =D Hopefully she'll improve when she's working again.

Thanks for all the comments guys, it's really helping me out.
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Well, I that a healthy warmblood or thoroughbred is normally able to compete in the lower classes - if it is willing to do so.

I would be careful concerning the head shaking thing. If you're absolutely not interested in dressage, it's okay, but you will have serious problems riding dressage if she's always shaking her head.
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-02-2010, 04:56 AM
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what does "advanced lesson horse" mean?

Do you have photos of her over fences?

Based on these photos, I like her as a prospect. The trot photo concerns me a tad; she looks quite hollow even without tack or a rider. But there are lots of flat and even hollow amateur jumpers in the 3' divisions, so if you like her when you ride her, that's not necessarily a problem.
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-02-2010, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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I think it was meant in regards to her not being a complete beginners horse. Um. Not as in for advanced dressage or anything, but a horse that needs a rider that can make her concentrate and work properly instead of someone that will just flop around like a sack of potatoes. Advanced was probably the wrong word to use.

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Sorry for the double post, but for some reason I can't edit my previous one. =/

Okay, so the owner of the above mare rang me earlier and asked if I would like to come and ride her today. Strange, but okay. So I did, and boy, was she stiff. Not just regular old "ouch, I haven't had a big fat bum on me in a while," but well and truly in pain. I only managed a few strides trotting and it was so obvious, even to me. My instructor, who was also there with me, checked her back out once I took the saddle off and pretty much told the owner to shove it. She was quite rude, actually, but she was really pissed off that the owner had tried to sell me a lame old mare that was probably living on 'bute because they couldn't be bothered paying for a chiro while it could still be worked on. My instructor reckons she's probably been over backwards and done some real damage to her back.
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