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    04-14-2009, 08:02 PM
Possible Buy.. Critique?

Hello everyone! This is my first time posting on this forum. I moved here to FL a year ago from MA with my fiancee and we couldn't afford to take my mare, Allie, with us, so I gave her to my mom. She is 15 now and retired to trails for my mom, so it actually worked out good because I didn't have to sell her, and my mom absolutely loves the mare to death. She bakes her muffins every weekend!!! LOL!

Anywho, it's been a little over a year and now I am financially able to purchase and keep a horse again. I am so excited! I have been training a couple different horses for a friend for the past 8 months, but haven't had my own horse. I am looking for my new eventing project. I am looking for something between 3 and 7 years old, at least 15hh, and 100% sound of course.

I have found about 25 different horses in my area in my price range I have narrowed it down to about 5.

I am going to see this horse on Thursday. (2 days... I can't wait!) What do you all think?

Thoroughbred Horse For Sale, Florida, Plant City

Here is the information I've gotten from several emails:

Noble is a super sweet VERY LAID back horse. Always has been. He began his riding career with 6 months training for the track, the trainer decided he did not have his heart in it to be a race horse, and at that time as a 3 year old my friend purchased him as a stallion and gelded him (even though he is no different as he stands today as far as behavior) she then used him as a trail horse. Back in 09/08 my friend was injured (not by him) and was unable to ride until January of this year, in the mean time (no health insurance) causing great hardship on their finances, they had to make the decision to sell a horse and Noble was to be the one. His deciding factor was they have 3 horses total and 2 keep up with each other on the trail and noble (IS SLOWER) then her husbands horse so they go on trail rides and are around 20 feet apart which is no fun. She loves him and this is hard for them to see him go but he has to. In the mean time I volunteered to keep him until he sells. My sister was working closely with an English trainer for a problem horse she had and asked her to come out and give us her opinion on Noble. She loved him, said she thinks he would be perfect for a lesson horse, or someone working with a trainer that can teach them both at the same time to become a hunter/jumper. She asked him to go over the jump and said by the 3rd time he was setting himself up to jump. She was very impressed by his willingness to do anything that was asked of him and retained everyth ing very well. She stated with very little training he could easily be taught to jump! He is not spooky at all, the whole time she was riding we were swinging on swings and 4 wheelers going up and down the road. He is an awesome mount. You will be impressed by him!

He is being sold with NO papers. He was registered but my friend purchased him w/out the papers. He does not have a tattoo (he never made it to the track), the understanding I have is that the horse was at the trainers (track training) and the trainer informed the owner at that time that he would not continue due to Noble not having speed or the heart to race, the owner then gave/relinguished Noble to the trainer in lieu of $$'s owed for time and training, the trainer then sold the horse to my friend as an unpapered horse. He does darken up in the summer when stalled out of the sun. He has been turned out 24/7 doing nothing from last September until 5 weeks ago. He does not wear shoes. My friend used bumper spurs on him, I however think he works fine off leg pressure.
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    04-14-2009, 08:25 PM
I asked her to send me pictures of his legs, and this is what she sent:

"That was not easy, he won't leave you alone! Please excuse him, he is DIRTY! His behavior is how he is 24/7! Oh, yes he can be lazy, esp. On the trail SLOW. Or maybe I shouldn't say lazy, just not in a hurry."

I hope he isn't too lazy, I don't like lazy horses. We will see on Thursday!
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    04-14-2009, 08:36 PM
He looks like he travels nice but I am not sure about his feet. They look really underrun with zero heel. I would def have some x-rays taken during the PPE if you decide to get him. Let us know how it goes. ;)
    04-14-2009, 10:06 PM
I have my mare for sale right now and she would be perfect for you! Too bad I'm in East TX.
    04-14-2009, 10:41 PM
The underrun heels jump out at me. He looks sound enough in the video, but definitely have his legs checked. He needs more foot to work with. Don't worry about his "l'll get there someday" personality. He's probably just a big sweetheart. I don't think they make lazy TB's.
    04-14-2009, 10:46 PM
His feet seem to jump out at me too. I wasnt too impressed with the video, but I think that was b/c the rider was horrible =/
I wouldnt worry about the whole slowness thing either. He's a TB! :) Plus his video made him look pretty quick toward the end.
    04-14-2009, 11:21 PM
Thanks for the opinions guys! Katie, I saw your post on Addy and breifly considered driving to Texas. But that's a LONG drive! Lol!

I am also concerned with the underrun heels - the angles don't seem the same, either. I noticed very breifly in the video near the end when he is coming straight at you, it looks like he is winging out a little? Anyone else see this? I had to watch the video about 12 times to see it.
    04-14-2009, 11:23 PM
Eventwithwinston, I wasn't to impressed either, but I am looking for a project (which the price reflects) so I am not looking for a finished horse. And yes, the rider was nothing special, lol. They sent me a video of him cantering, but for some reason youtube is saying its a duplicate video even though its not.
    04-14-2009, 11:35 PM
Ah. A project. In that case...for that price... I think he would make a nice project horse.

Hope everything goes well :) Keep us posted.
    04-14-2009, 11:43 PM
I figured out the video situation. Here is the other one they sent me.


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