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    10-12-2010, 06:57 PM

Here's a horse I might be borrowing soon. His owner bought him from the track with no known injuries (vet checked)...just ready for a new job.

What do you think of his conformation for eventing? What are your overall opinions? He's been off since last Jan...given time to rest in the field and started back slow wit his current owner. Does he look like a good project?





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    10-12-2010, 07:23 PM
HOLYLEGS BATMAN! He's quite short in his back, good length of leg for jumping he's built like a foal lol. I think he'll be a good jumper, dressage...hmmmm...
    10-12-2010, 07:52 PM
I'm a fan. He's a good looking horse.
I say try him out. :)
    10-12-2010, 08:02 PM
Good looking horse. I noticed he's much above the bit in all those pics. Please make sure you have solid groundwork training and a supple adjustable horse before moving on to the high adrenaline jumping stuff. TB's are forward enough once they start jumping. No need to put yourself at a disadvantage or rush his training.
    10-12-2010, 08:07 PM
Try him out! He looks like a sweet horse, and he can definitely (over)jump! Dressage might be a challenge by the few pictures here, but you never know.
    10-12-2010, 08:08 PM
Lol, he does have some legs!
Puck, I see a long future of lounging, long and low, serpentines, and cavellitti in our future. One of the things that concerned me most about him was how high he carries his head. The end goal is eventing, but I know it may be a bit in the future.
Can you (or anyone!) suggest some exercises to get him to accept the bit more? Or to lower on down? I've been trying to look up OTTB retraining guides online, but I always like to here what you guys all think....
    10-12-2010, 08:08 PM
Also agree with Puck. He's a great looking animal, take your time with the training and he'll be a fabulous horse.
    10-12-2010, 08:09 PM
WOW look at those legs. But his back is so short... ! He's gorgeous.. I'd definitely say try him out
    10-12-2010, 08:15 PM
I am conformationaly challenged...tell me about the pros and cons of short and long backed....
    10-12-2010, 08:16 PM
Short back--easy to collect, less likely to develop back problems. Usually makes for quick, agile horses and easyier-to-train jumpers. Can't think of any cons :)

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