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        04-04-2011, 01:25 PM
    Originally Posted by Elana    

    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.
    Weight will not get rid of a roached back. It might make it less noticeable but it will still be there.

    Originally Posted by Elana    

    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.
    Too long sloped pasterns does not equal correct.
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        04-04-2011, 01:41 PM
    Green Broke
    I had the same though in regards to the weight. In addition, I would not like to see any more weight on this horse, he is more than well covered. Muscle perhaps but definitely not any more weight, he is a TB after all.
        04-04-2011, 05:19 PM
    He looks pleasing as a whole, but once you start analyzing his pieces you see that his pasterns are scary, his feet tiny, legs thin, and appears to be built downhill with a roach.
        04-04-2011, 05:44 PM
    I agree with Elana that his legs/feet size are typical for TBs. They may be VERY strong even with the deceptive appearance. Afterall, they run at high speeds with those legs! I don't think they are spindly, but elegant.

    As for cribbing, yes, common among TBs. My OTTB cribs, but not when outside in pasture and very rarely in his stall. He likes to do it, if allowed, when eating his grain. He wears a miracle collar and he doesnt crib with it ever. If the horse is nice, I don't think that should be a deterrent. If he cribs a lot, I recommend adding some kind of ulcer prevention to his food. I use U-Guard pellets. Its like his daily prilosec.

    You could try to negotiate the price down because of the cribbing!
        04-04-2011, 06:54 PM
    TBs may run at high speeds with those legs... but it isn't at all uncommon for them to break and/or injure those legs while doing so.
        04-04-2011, 07:11 PM
    I would pass, especially at that price

    Cribbing is not typical in TBs and it can be a severe problem. It doesn't get better and there is no such thing as a light cribber. My former business partner was a TB trainer at Philadelphia Park and I've seen many, many TBs in the barns - none that I can remember cribbed. I've owned a handful over the years and none of them cribbed either.

    He has a roach back - another fault. As was said before, weight will mask it but it is an abnormality of the vertebrae.

    Those two faults alone should be enough.
        04-04-2011, 07:26 PM
    I would also agree to pass, he appears to have a roached back like stated. Its not so much the cribbing that would turn me away, it's the price for the horse your getting. For a horse that seems to be just started in a career, I don't think he would be worth investing $4,500 specially with his conformation flaws and cribbing. If he was more reasonably priced, i'd take a look. Keep in mind if YOU think his price is fair, then take a look, test him out. I'd def. Get more information on why they don't feel he's suited for Dressage since it is a part of Eventing. Over all he's "cute" yes, but there's alot of "cute" horses (sorry for being so blunt), but I wouldnt buy a horse for just how he looks. If your committed to certain discipline then base your purchasing a horse on that, not how pretty he/she is. Good luck with your search :).
        04-05-2011, 12:22 AM
    Thanks everyone! I actually knew a lot of this guys faults before posting but I was hoping I was being to critical.

    I've been looking for the perfect horse for the past year or so. I've had a lot of bad experiences (horses that look great online but are starved, crazy, lame, etc in person) so I was getting to the bottom of the barrel.

    I think this guy is cute, but full of faults. I think I'm getting discouraged and starting to wonder what faults I'll just have to accept if I want anything SANE and SOUND??

    UGH. Thanks again everyone!
        04-05-2011, 12:25 AM
    Hmm... well, depending on where you live would it be possible to look at horses a bit farther off? I don't know if you're in the US, but it might not be crazy to look at horses in other states. You may be able to find a decent deal on a good horse and pay a bit more for shipping as opposed to paying a premium for a mediocre horse.
        04-05-2011, 12:27 AM
    Originally Posted by Eolith    
    Hmm... well, depending on where you live would it be possible to look at horses a bit farther off? I don't know if you're in the US, but it might not be crazy to look at horses in other states. You may be able to find a decent deal on a good horse and pay a bit more for shipping as opposed to paying a premium for a mediocre horse.
    I live in Ontario and so far I'm looking Ontario wide. I'm willing to pay hauling fees, etc and I actually have a pretty big overall budget. However, I'd like to spend less on the actual horse itself (project horse would be ideal!) and keep some of that money for training, vet care, emergency expenses, etc.

    If by the end of the summer I'm still this discouraged, I'll definitely be spreading out to the US!

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