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        02-12-2011, 03:46 PM
    Many Possible Prospects...

    So this year I want to get another horse that would be suited for dressage/jumping and trail horse. Something with energy but yet not too hot or something too lazy.


    This is Original Harley a 2009 14.2 Curly Sporthorse International filly. Kind and honest. She trailers easily, plenty of trail miles from horse and in hand. Stands for farrier, saddles, clips, baths.Should mature to 15.2+ hands. Up to date on everything. Beautiful mover, likes to work but not a hot head. Very friendly.


    This is Miss Hattie a 1994 Appaloosa/AQHA. Missy is a sweet, loving mare. She likes kids. She has many trail miles. She has done 4H, including fair. She goes both English and Western. She is ground safe and bathes, clips, loads and trailers well. She is current on all shots, worming and shoes. We love her, but have 3 geldings with her in a small barn yard and need to downsize.

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    This is a coming 4 year old AQHA appendix gelding that is around 16 hands and growing. Very nice boy that came from a rescue. He has had 30 days but that was a year ago but I have rode him 3 times and he rides out nice fast walk very smooth gates. He stops turns pivots on his hind end, backs real fast, he flexes and gives, ground ties, but im selling as not broke cause he needs more time with a trainer, up to date on feet, worming, 5 way. Please email

    This is what I have so far
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        02-12-2011, 04:43 PM
    They all look/sound cute! Your selling them right?
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        02-12-2011, 06:29 PM
    No I am looking to buy
        02-12-2011, 06:55 PM
    The first one has a nice build - still small but looks to be like a good prospect. From what you said she seems like a nice calm horse which is also benefitial if you were to sell later.

    The second one looks to also be build pretty decently although not sure what I would consider a prospect - she would be more like a ready to go horse already.

    The third one also seems nice although def. More of a western type horse, so if that's what you're looking for, seems like its go the stuff to cut it. Has many years ahead and seems like a horse willing to do what you ask, just needs miles.

    If you ask me, I would choose between the first the the third, although not sure 2 & 3 are really dressage/jumping horses versus being more western type horses.

    Good luck!
        02-12-2011, 06:59 PM
    As the owner of an anglo-arab (it's a French breed) I can tell you for sure that they make excellent jumpers, eventers and dressage horses.
    They have a lot of stamina, are brave and are usually between 15hh ti 16.3hh.

    If you're looking for a jumper then you need to look for a horse with a shortish back. For dressage you need to look for long, floaty strides and good conformation, especially in the legs.
        02-12-2011, 11:43 PM
    Anglo-Arabs are not a French breed, it's just a cross between an Arabian & a Thoroughbred. None of the posted horses are that breed, though.

    Honestly, none of these horses really stand out to me. They seem to be horses that could work fine for any discipline at the lower levels, but not if you want to move up the levels in dressage & jumping. They're also all at completely different levels of training.

    Horse #1 is only a coming 2yr old. It'll be AT LEAST a year before you could really even begin riding her. How experienced are you at starting youngsters? She has a lot of growing left to do, but at the moment she looks to be pretty downhill, which is not desirable for jumping or dressage.

    The 2nd mare looks cute...but she's 17. She's probably wonderful, but you have to take her age into account. It's really hard to tell when a horse will suddenly become "old". She could have 15 years left, or she could have 2. You really don't know at that age. I'd personally look for a younger horse.

    It's hard to say anything about horse #3 without seeing a picture. He honestly sounds like a western horse from his description. He'd need more training, and you should also take into account the fact that he is a rescue, so he may or may not come with some emotional issues.

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