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post #1 of 19 Old 06-11-2010, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Possible buy--Opinions wanted.

I am posting this for my friend (she asked me to). This is a horse she went and tried yesterday. He is young (just barely 4) and has only had a few rides (less then a dozen). Anyways, don't be harsh, but we want good critique. ONLY CRITIQUE THE HORSE, NOT THE RIDER!!

Thanks everyone! :)

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post #2 of 19 Old 06-11-2010, 03:30 PM
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He's a nice looking horse. I love his build! What breed is he? Looks saddlebred-ish...

There are two things I didn't like about him though:

First, his head is flipping all over the place. I see they put a martingale on him... That's not going to fix a thing. Your friend is going to have to work on that head -- making his carry it lower, tuck a little, and prevent all that flipping around. He's green, so I can understand this to a certain extant, but you still have to work on it so he gets use to carrying his head correctly.

Second, is he's had less than a dozen rides and is barely four (still a baby). Why is he being jumped? He's too green and young, IMHO.
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post #3 of 19 Old 06-11-2010, 03:34 PM
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Not sure what breed and what kind of critique you want since what was provided does not show good confo shots. It was a nice looking horse although I thought it had along back.

I was suprised how well it looked cantering as it didn't look as good walking or trotting. Lots of head tossing at the walk and trot and seemed to meander. But who knows with teeth work or different bit that may cure that. It looked like a green 4 yr old that had a nice temperment and well taken care of.
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post #4 of 19 Old 06-11-2010, 03:38 PM
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I'm not an english rider, so I might be wrong, but is it wierd that they are jumpijng him with less than 12 rides?
I like his overall movement, although he moves like a major greenie - legs in all directions! But hey, he is a greenie so that is perfectly OK.
He's a lovely size. What is his breeding and intended job? Most importantly, is your friend an experienced enough horseman to bring this big fella along and deal with his issues as they arrive?
He seems like a nice boy, I like him!

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post #5 of 19 Old 06-11-2010, 04:07 PM
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I agree with BrightEyes
He shouldnt be jumping at such a young age.
I would suggest if she gets that horse i would SERIOUSLY work on lowering his head, have a FULL vet check done and get the farrier to look at his feet. also get a chiropractor to look at his back to ensure he has no back problem!!
Beautiful horse other than that.
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post #6 of 19 Old 06-11-2010, 04:32 PM
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He is absolutely gorgeous. A little heavy in the front end but the rest of his confo isn't all that bad! For a horse who's had only a few rides, he's doing really well. I have to agree with everyone else tho, he should definitely not be jumped.

Not knowing his breed or having him papered isn't really an issue as long as he has the temper and build for what you want him for. What are the goals for this guy?

Is your friend experienced enough to ride a green horse? Young horses are a handful to ride and I don't mean one that is just off the track or other, I mean a horse who knows NOTHING.

If I were looking, I would seriously consider this boy.
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post #7 of 19 Old 06-11-2010, 06:12 PM
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Hey guys, this is the friend in the video :)
Thank you for all the nice crit, its nice not to be too harshly judged :)
He has only been jumped twice in his life, and over a small small cross rail. Once was to see what he'd do, and the second time (with me) was to just feel him out. I only jumped him 3 times over an 18 inch jump. It's not a regular thing.

The head tossing: This is why I think he did it-- he was randomly slamming on the brakes and going "no thank you, I dont like trotting" and in all honesty I think he was testing me to see how serious I was about trotting. The owner didnt help by forcing me to stop him. She was teaching him to get out of work, which I didnt like but thats not me. He is naturally VERY balanced and isnt fully grown. His butt is still half an inch taller than his withers, but he's very sweet and LOVES to jump. It was funny. I'm concerned about the stopping thing though, if he does that everytime he gets kinda pissy...no good.
Oh, and they're asking WAYY too much money for him. He's a Irish Sporthorse (for anyone who cares his dad is Braveheart RID, I dont care a fig for breeding).
I would like him to be *eventually* an upper level eventer.
If I did buy him, we would be working with two excellant trainers regularily and I am totally understanding of his babyness and want to give him time. :) So anyway, critique away with some more info!!

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post #8 of 19 Old 06-11-2010, 06:15 PM
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Oh, and thank you Rissa for posting this for me! <3 ya forever!!!

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post #9 of 19 Old 06-11-2010, 06:24 PM
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By the way, my mom is a Vet and also a chiro so he's okay on that. He has amazing feet, barefoot since birth! hurray! And a full vet check is not up for debate, full xray included. So no worries on that one.

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post #10 of 19 Old 06-11-2010, 06:27 PM
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This is just a random quesiton but does he have a tail extension in?

I think he has a nice build and he is thicker up front than he is in back as my2geldings also mentioned. I do think he has a nice build to him and he seems like a big boy! How many hands is he?
I thik he has good potential.
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