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    02-16-2011, 10:29 PM
I've been waiting for contact information on this next horse for about a week now. I love his size
This is Honour Chrissie (though if I got him, I may have to change his name.. Then again, Chrissie does fit him in the most ironic way :p). He was foaled in 2006. He is 17hh+. I am told he is sound. He has been off the track since July 2010. His owner said that he had won all he could on his level, and was not fast enough to progress. I am also told he is very calm and extremely smart, and is very brave. His price is at $1,500, but I am thinking since his owner just had a heart attack and has frequent health problems, I could get him to lower his price considerably. These pictures are from when he was racing, the owner said once he is feeling well enough he will get me current pictures. I know they're not the best to critique, but let me know if you see anything glaring.

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    02-16-2011, 10:37 PM
Green Broke
Hard to tell much confo wise as the first shot he is moving and the second shot is too much in the shadows.

Also, if I had to guess based on body development, I would say the second photo was taken when he was around 3 so he has probably developed a little more by now and changed somewhat.

Amazing the difference photo angle can make - in the first pic it looks like his neck ties in a little low but in the standing photo it doesn't appear that way at all. It looks like he has a nice strong back and no visible leg injuries which is a good start.

Must admit, I like the look of him, put up more pics when you get them so we can see the angles better!!
    02-16-2011, 10:42 PM
The only thing I can tell from the pictures is that he probably has long pasterns. Though as you said he has probably developed more and is probably less gangly now. If that is his only major flaw he may be worth it.. I'm beginning to think long pasterns are unavoidable in OTTBs ;)

I'll keep everyone as updated as I am!
    02-16-2011, 10:48 PM
Green Broke
You know, I thought my mare had long pasterns too (and several members on here also brought this to my attention) but when I actually measured them, it turns out her pasterns are juuuuuust in the acceptable range, much to my surprise!

Basically, they should not exceed 50% of the cannon bone length. So whilst many TB's do have long pasterns, they also have long cannon bones. Of course the angles play a role and there are other contributing factors but just thought I would throw that in there.
    02-16-2011, 10:54 PM
Green Broke
Just wanting to point out that Chrissie is wearing a you might want to ask (if you can) why he was wearing one.

It might change your mind if they say something along the lines of he is scared of his own shadow.
    02-16-2011, 10:56 PM
Lol I will be sure to ask.
He HAS been pastured since July so that situation might've improved ;)
    02-16-2011, 11:18 PM
Originally Posted by sarahver    
Those pasterns are just too long to consider him for a performance dicipline. Pity though as I quite like the rest of him.

agreed. For low level stuff he should be fine but I don't like the mismatch of the front legs as someone else mentioned also.
    02-16-2011, 11:23 PM
For chrissie I do NOT like the hyperflexion in the hind pasterns. Even the one that is not weight bearing is overflexed which could make him prone to injury.

Just a side note - I am being VERY picky here. Please understand that I have seen horses with near perfect conformation have career-ending injuries very early on and conformational disasters do amazing things. As long as you are not looking for breeding purposes (since these are gelding I assume not haha) then also take into consideration heart and personality.

My eventer is awesome, clyde tb x with a HUGE heart and wonderful disposition. He also has crooked legs, offset front feet, and is tied in at the knee with shallow hind end angles making him prone to front foot bruises and hind end weakness. He'd never hold up to prelim+ eventing on a heavy competition schedule be he does me just fine for 3-6 shows a year at BN and schooling novice and as long as we do tons of trot work (you'll find I talk loooooooots of trot haha) his hind end is muscled and strong enough to overcome his conformational challenges. Funny thing is to look at, he's a handsome devil. It isn't til you start really looking at angles that you go oooooooh....

Form follows function, sure, but nothing can replace heart.
    02-17-2011, 12:17 AM
Subscribing :)
    02-17-2011, 12:26 AM
I'm glad that you passed on the first one. It isn't so much the length of the pasterns that had me wondering, but the fact that they look so darn thin. He has chicken bones in his legs.

I like Chrissie much better but he still just doesn't look right in his legs. It may be the hyperflexion in his hind that CJ mentioned or something else. Either way, it bugs me.

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