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        04-04-2011, 08:29 AM
    Possible buy?

    This guy is a 16.1HH TB, 7 year old gelding. He has been trained in low level dressage but would be happier as a eventer/hunter/jumper according to the ad. He's done some small jumps, but is still green at jumping. He wear a cribbing collar (should that stop me from purchasing?) and is priced at $4500.

    He looks cute to me! He's a little out of my price range, but here a horse with any training is about that price so it's not surprising. What do you guys think of his conformation? He would be a hunter/jumper for me and maybe some eventing/dressage down the line, but not only low level.

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        04-04-2011, 08:58 AM
    If your talking about the cribbing.... I say no. I have a horse that cribs.
        04-04-2011, 09:33 AM
    His legs and feet look way too small and spindly for my personal taste. I might worry about how well those legs would support the rest of his 16.1 frame, especially if I were going to do any jumping on him.
        04-04-2011, 09:42 AM
    I find it interesting that they say a horse that is doing low level dressage would be better suited for eventing. I thought dressage was a part of eventing. And yes, I realize dressage show dressage is different than eventing dressage but I would think a horse that is going to event should be able to do low level dressage easy enough that the ad does not insist he is better suited for something else.

    He has a cute face.
    Past that I am not impressed.

    Cribbing is one of those things that some people will not deal with, others do not care.
        04-04-2011, 10:27 AM
    He also looks like he has a bit of a roach back....which could mean possible injury.

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        04-04-2011, 12:02 PM
    Green Broke
    ^^I was thinking the same thing Super Nova! I agree with Alwaysbehind in that his face is cute :)
        04-04-2011, 12:06 PM
    He looks cute and honestly the fact that he cribs doesn't bother me. But is it just me or are his pasterns really long?
        04-04-2011, 12:09 PM
    Long pasterns, spindly legs, tiny feet, a slight roach back, and he cribs. For $4,500 you could do a lot better.

    He does have a nice shoulder, an adorable face, and a huge, kind eye. Those do not make up for the rest of his flaws, however.
        04-04-2011, 12:11 PM
    Green Broke
    He does have a pretty head. Agreed with AB that it is strange he isn't suited to dressage but could event, he will not do well at eventing if his dressage isn't strong. Also, the dressage tests in eventing are the same tests as those in pure dressage so I am not sure how the seller plans to market the horse if that is their description.

    Lastly - $4500 is waaaaay overpriced for a horse that is green over jumps, has only competed in low level dressage and cribs. His conformation isn't terrible but far from good. In addition to the faults already pointed out (particularly his back) I would like to add that he has a short neck in comparison to the rest of him, he is not the most balanced TB I have seen.
        04-04-2011, 12:15 PM
    Green Broke
    In spite of the other comments here, I like this boy. He does have a mark on his neck confirming the cribbing. He is also a bit unthrefty looking which could be an indication that he will crib no matter what, no matter where (even on pasutre). This is common in this breed and seems to have a genetic component (as I am sure most are aware). His unthriftiness could very well be related to his addiction to cribbing.

    He does have what appears to be a roach back.. and that may actually not be so bad if he can put on some weight.

    That being said, he is quite correct. His neck is set a bit low. He has the slender legs found in most thoroughbreds.. and they can be very tough for their look of not being so. His legs are clean looking.. and that says something.

    I would take a look at him.. but not for that price. I would also bet he is closer to 16HH than to 16.1 HH (put a stick and a level on him). Still would take a look.. ride him.. and see. If you are going to look at him arrive early (b4 they expect you ) so you can observe him in his stall and see if he has chewed the thing to splinters cribbing. If he is a confirmed cribber that is a true addict, you will see him (hear him) cribbing out in the pasture as well.

    Some people can live with this deffect and others cannot. IMO it is the level of cribbing and what you can do to redirect the behavior that determines the suitability of a cribber in your barn.

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