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    06-26-2009, 12:33 PM
  #11
Weanling
I've never seen a high-level eventer that's a Fresian, but that'd be cool! She's also probably expensive even though she's young because she IS young and has potential. They're expecting to sell her to trainers most likely and that's why her price is so high.
     
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    06-26-2009, 12:50 PM
  #12
Started
I definitely think you can find crosses of the same quality for less money right now.
     
    06-26-2009, 03:02 PM
  #13
Showing
What exactly are you wanting to do with your next horse? If it's eventing please continue looking.

My thoughts:
- The handler is nervous, and almost gets mowed over at one point in the video. My guess is that this horse has been a little spoiled and not corrected, she needs a lot of work on manners.
- Though her movement is decent, it doesn't scream "I can jump high!" to me.
- You rarely, if ever, see this cross in eventing, period, much less in the upper levels. I don't know what has driven the owners to proclaim her as an upper level eventer. Perhaps because she's young they can slap any label on her?
- She is pretty, and decently put-together, but if you're looking for an eventer... eh.
- I'm shocked at the price. Just because it's a "Friesian" sporthorse... gah! One of my pet peeves. It's a friesian/QH cross.
     
    06-26-2009, 03:19 PM
  #14
Started
Totally agree with jdi...considering the dam is only green broke and there is no mention of any sort of eventing career for the stallion, I wonder why they are marketing her as an eventer. While there are examples of horses that can and do get around conformation and breed to excel at any sport, I'll say her back end is not what I would look for in a jumping prospect, and her parentage doesn't really scream speed or endurance.
     
    06-26-2009, 03:23 PM
  #15
Showing
Perhaps I should clarify - by continue looking, I meant that you should give this one a pass.
I agree with Sara as well, she pointed out that the parents do not hint at eventing at all, which makes me wonder.
     
    06-26-2009, 03:24 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I agree with what everyone has said. I have never seen a Friesian/Friesian cross event... at all... let alone in the upper levels. She's not THAT nice, and what an odd cross. She seems to have a really long back. However, she does have pretty nice gaits. But I would have to pass on her. I don't think she is going to be the jumper you are looking for
     
    06-26-2009, 04:08 PM
  #17
Yearling
Thank you everyone I really appreciate the replies you've given me!

The farm is marketing her to trainers not to the general public. The owner/breeder has turned down offers on the filly. In this economy I'm surprised but eh - it's not me.

Yeh I'm really looking more for a jumper/eventer. That's where my heart is. I think I could put that much money into Carolina and be quite happy.

Thank you!!!!
     
    06-26-2009, 06:36 PM
  #18
Yearling
Aussie,
I am glad to hear your open to the ideas and suggentions everyone has posted. I too liked her gate, but for upper level eventing I am just not sure that this cross in breeding would be able to keep up in the cross country part and even with some of the larger jumps...
Although I do have to say that watching Fresians move is spectacilar. The one at my barn is beautiful but he is so bulky that I would not really see him eventing...Not that he is not a nice looking horse and or breed, but as the judge stated it is not usually a breed that you see doing certain types of work.
But then again you just never know...Some horses you wouldn't think would be good at things turn out to really love what they do and excell greatly..
I am sure that you will find the right horse to fit with who you are and what you would like to do...
:)
Keep us posted!
HP
     
    06-27-2009, 05:42 AM
  #19
Foal
Friesians do well in the sport. But, some how, I don't like her neck. It's too compact comparing it to her body.
     
    06-27-2009, 04:50 PM
  #20
Green Broke
I'm pretty sure when they said "high level eventer" they actually meant the rider would be high, because you'd have to be if you spent that kind of money on an untried 2 year old that not only has zero indication of even becoming an eventer period, but is actually bred to NOT do well in eventing. Neither Friesians nor QH's are known for stamina, nor superb jumping ability. I don't see anything about her that says "I can gallop for four miles and jump 4'0" fences while I'm doing it and win to boot!" What I see is "Hi, I'm a ridiculously overpriced filly that really isn't worth much at all but because they get to call me a Friesian, they convince people I'll be a champion!"

Sorry, I just get annoyed at all these crossbreeds being passed off as pedigreed champions. It's like the minute a horse has Friesian in it, it's somehow worth a fortune and I have seen some DARN ugly Friesians before. And why are they worth so much? When is the last time you saw a grand prix show jumper Friesian? A Friesian doing Rolex? Heck, even a Friesian winning Grand Prix Dressage? They're nice horses, but they don't serve much purpose in the world of open competition, except maybe as driving horses?

For that price, I'd say you could easily find a good looking young Warmblood or Thoroughbred with actual proven parentage to excell in the sport you're choosing.
     

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