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        01-10-2011, 08:04 PM
      #11
    Banned
    Not to be superficial, but if you get the chance, go for WB breeds or crosses they are built to last and that's what they're bred for-sport . They are smalll enough too that you can almost entirely avoid joint issues depending on the actual work and horse. Other than that, I would say also Appendixes if bred right are the best breed. I rode one up to 26 years old that I still competed through training and jumped courses up to 4'3. He's still alive and well, however I only ride him occaisionally now. They last as well in my experience! Good luck!
         
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        01-10-2011, 08:34 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Those horses are all between 15.3 & 16.3. How would that avoid joint issues? Most eventers & jumpers that I've known, or even just TBs in general are in that height range, & joint issues are quite common, especially if the horse was started too early or worked too hard. My old 16.1hh TB gelding that I leased was fantastic, but he had to have hock injections & had foot issues, especially after he got new shoes. I was able to compete him until he was 19, & then he was used as a lesson horse until he was put down at 22 (he technically would have been 100% fine to continue as a lower-level lesson horse or just retired out to pasture, but there was drama between the owner - who hadn't come out to see him in the entire 7 years I had him - & my trainer, so they put him down )
    I really don't care what breed or colour the horse is. I just want them to be sound, intelligent, & have enough heart & talent for the sport.

    My friend has just told me about a 5yr old at her barn that the owner is only asking $1k for. I believe he's a TB, but I'm not positive. I'll probably be going to see him on Friday after I go to see Riley.
         
        01-13-2011, 09:56 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Prospect #1 is by far my favorite. Not only is he flashy, he looks like he has a wonderful jump and has a good basic training that you can successfully. He looks like he was trained well also, not rushed into things without knowing the basics. He also carries himself well from what I can see. The description of him on the website reminds me of my OTTB, Mouse so much since they both are desribed as laid back goofballs, he seems like a steal!


    But he looks super quiet and in the videos he seems super bold on cross country. If I could/was looking for another horse, I definitely would be buying him!

    I hope you find your "dream horse" soon and the working student position you mentioned works out! I've been wanting to do that for awhile but I pry will have to wait till after college :/
         
        01-13-2011, 10:19 PM
      #14
    Showing
    I like mare and Riley the most (although I'm far from eventing ). Paint is the least, something about his confo bugs me.
         
        01-14-2011, 12:47 AM
      #15
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by MightyEventer    
    I hope you find your "dream horse" soon and the working student position you mentioned works out! I've been wanting to do that for awhile but I pry will have to wait till after college :/
    Thanks I just graduated in December, & I figured I could put off joining the "real world" for a while longer in order to do the working student position.

    I think I've crossed #1 off my list. His recent leg injury isn't something that I want to have to deal with. It sucks, because he sounded nice, but I'd rather get something that I know is sound right now.

    I've got an appointment to see Riley in the morning. My friend is going with me to take pics & videos, so I'll post them when I get home from trying him out.
         
        01-14-2011, 07:28 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Well, Riley's a no-go. He was very cute, but he was advertised as being green but trained w/t/c & started over fences. Well, that training happened a year ago, & I really don't think he's been ridden much (if at all) since then. He didn't even know how to trot a complete circle without stopping & looking confused. I'm not looking to have to completely start a horse from the ground up, especially for $5k (VERY firm price). There were other aspects that made my friend & I go "hmm...", (information that was purposely left-out until we pointed certain things out & asked very specific questions, & certain other questions of ours that were avoided & not answered), but I'm not going to get into all of that. I do have videos if anyone wants to see him move at all.
         
        01-14-2011, 07:43 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    If I were looking for an eventing prospect I'd be looking for something that had good dressage potential. I don't know how true it is (i'm not an eventer) but I have always been told that dressage, as far as ranking and winning goes, is the most important phase. Showjumping seems the easiest, and the cross country will need a decent, bold jumper, but these talents seem more common than a good dressage horse.

    I'm going to be super prejudiced, but I have rarely, if ever, seen a good dressage paint. TBs can be good, but many of the raced ones end up with soundness issues. They have tiny, tiny legs and they're just not bred for it (some are but they're different). I'd be looking for a warmblood, warmblood cross or other nice cross to get a bit more soundness than a TB.

    Just my opinion. Good luck with the horses.
         
        01-14-2011, 08:14 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Yes, the dressage score is important. The goal is always to finish on your dressage score (no faults in xc or sj). I've always, personally, felt that xc is what really tends to make or break an event horse, though. Not all horses have that sort of stamina, heart, or courage.

    I actually prefer TBs to Warmbloods. I am being VERY careful about soundness, though. I've vetoed a huge list of potentials already because I didn't feel they had legs that could handle what I'm going to be asking them to do.

    I've pretty much crossed everyone off of this list. When I find more, I'll make a new thread.
         
        01-14-2011, 08:17 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    What's wrong with the mare? I liked her a lot. Just curious...
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        01-14-2011, 08:51 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Honestly, there's nothing wrong with her, I just don't have the time to make a 9-hour round-trip drive right now, especially since all of my friends have started up class/work again & can't go with me to see her, & I hate driving in that part of the state + I'm a nervous driver after dark. Maybe if I can't find anything else I'll decide to try to make the trip, but for now, I'd like to try to find something a little closer.
         

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