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        07-25-2011, 10:39 PM
    Possible Check out

    OKay so for next spring I am going to be in a training program and I am required to have an unbroke horse. I am in a really good financial situation right now and the furture fortells the same so I want to get something now and work with it on the ground a little and to bond.

    I found this little guy. He's a real cutie but I'm a newbie when it comes to comfo. I am looking for a barrel racing and pole bending prospect, nothing professional.

    So before I visit him (since he's over 4 hours away) I want to see what you guys think.

    He's just turned 2 so keep that in mind....he won't be in serious training until next May.

    I find myself really, really drawn to him for some reason. And I even told myself nothing with white haha. So hard to keep clean.

    Here's his ad
    Horseville Horse For Sale - Nice Gentle Black/Wht Gelding - Ad 278449

    Here are additional pics sent by his owner

    Thanks in advance.
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        07-25-2011, 11:32 PM
    I can't see your additional photos, though it could be my computer. The photo in the ad is really dark and hard to see, but I'm not liking what I see...
        07-26-2011, 12:01 AM
    Originally Posted by bubba13    
    I can't see your additional photos, though it could be my computer. The photo in the ad is really dark and hard to see, but I'm not liking what I see...

    Here I'll try attaching them and see if that works.

    What don't you like?(Just so I can see what to watch for later on down the road.) So do you think it would be a waste to go check him out?

    Maybe I'm just playing the "He's a baby he'll grow into it" card ~shrug~

    The thing that bothers me the most is he either has huge withers or no back muscle....something about him does look odd now that I am really looking at him but I can't put a finger on it.
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        07-26-2011, 12:08 AM
    OK, those are a little better. Hooves need some attention.

    From the ad photo he appears to be quite sickle hocked, but less so in the new pictures. His back, too, like you say is not the greatest. Neck leaves quite a bit to be desired, not much of an ass, hind pasterns may be upright but it's hard to say from the photos...certainly nowhere near as horrendous overall as the ad photo made it appear. He's not going to be a bombshell when he grows up, but I don't see anything horrifying screaming lameness issue, so...
        07-26-2011, 12:13 AM
    Okay thanks for being honest. The ad picture scared me a little too but I decided to email anyway.HIs back does, not scare, but makes me think a bit. I feel like he'd be hard to fit a saddle to.

    I've also found a few others I'm interested in if you could take a look, if it's not too much trouble. So far for these the owners haven't emailed me back with any other pictures yet.

    DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1696209 - SQF Beat the Broker

    Horseville Horse For Sale - Colt with personality plus! - Ad 278704
        07-26-2011, 12:16 AM
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    He has good bone in the hock and knee, good angle to the pastern. A long neck that is set on a bit low. Large shoulders and withers, good angle from point of shoulder to elbow. It's his hind end that is kind of wierd. The pictures are just not square enought to make a proper judgement. In the last picture, where his hock canon is vertical, his legs are out behind him (not so good) but in the picture above, he has them well under him. Not sure which is his correct/natural stance.
    His head is kind of cowpony cute. Let some of the folks who raise horses from babies to adults and can judge a hrose at this awkward stage take a stab at him. I think this picture is old, anyway, as it's winter in that photo. Ask for more up to date and a video before you drive 4 hours.
        07-26-2011, 12:19 AM
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    My above post refers to the pinto .

    Of the last two posted, I like Jack. Love his hind end. He has the look.
        07-26-2011, 12:19 AM
    I would narrow it down to the other two horses you posted. I don't like the first one very much. He's cute, but I feel that the other horses look like they have had better care and look much happier/healthier, meaning they may be better to train and be around. But it is your personal preference. Just my two cents. :)
        07-26-2011, 08:28 AM
    Green Broke
    Looking at the pinto the FIRST thing that comes to mind is "Weedy." Rump high and his hind toes loo long.. he is rocked back on his heels.

    You say you are in a good financial situation and if that is the case this Pinto is not a horse I would purchase unless it is a rescue.. even then.. he is weedy. He might grow out of it, but IMO it takes as much effort to train a bad horse as a good one.. and this is one I would move on from.

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