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post #1 of 50 Old 06-24-2011, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Potential purchase--please critique! WHAT do you think of her?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKQsxG_AvbQ

I posted another thread about her awhile ago, but I didn't have any new video, or of her under saddle.

What do you think of her?? Any opinions on her confo or canter? I've been in contact with the owner for a month, but have been able to come ride her due to my work.

The owner just commented that she's WAY underpriced. I want to cry. When people get greedy, I get sad...I really want this mare, but im afraid shell sell her before I can look at her in a couple of days. Dang wisdom teeth.
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your link doesn't work, and copy/paste shows no results found.
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your link doesn't work, and copy/paste shows no results found.
OOPS! Sorry!

How about now?
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That horse has a lot of equipment on her for tying her down. And the rider is forcing her down, or trying to, by using her hands low and wide, and the mare is pulling back up against her. The mare has a lifetime of learning to brace against all that, she looks like she is a bit frantic and goes around the circle unable to fully balance herself (is overbent). You would need to work to undo all that. Look at her neck. It shows her musculature's reaction to this kind of riding. You will have to rebuild those muscles to be correct.
Otherwise, she is cute and has potential to be a nice horse, given some breathing space.
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Tiny..correct me if I'm wrong...But doesnt it just look unnatural for her head to be down like that?
What do you think of her canter? The owner said she rides her like that because it should "slow her down". But honestly..I think its just going to make her angry and frustrated.

What would happen if I rode with my reins normally on a horse like that? Btw..it was 100 degrees out when the video was taken.
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Wow, with that video, I really don't like how she's being ridden. Way too far behind the vertical, completely discombobulated at the lope, strung out and heavy on the forehand, and either the rider is horrible or she rides really rough at the trot. Her lope doesn't look that bumpy under saddle but everything else would make me avoid her.

They've got her head basically tied down to her chest by some kind of martingale/training fork thing and there were several times that I can see she would have been carrying her head like a giraffe if it hadn't been tied down. She looks like she may have a bit of potential but she's going to need some serious re-training before it will begin to show at all. Truthfully, for more than a couple of hundred, she's probably going to be more trouble than she's worth. Especially if you don't have the training experience to start her over and bring her along correctly.

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Wow, with that video, I really don't like how she's being ridden. Way too far behind the vertical, completely discombobulated at the lope, strung out and heavy on the forehand, and either the rider is horrible or she rides really rough at the trot. Her lope doesn't look that bumpy under saddle but everything else would make me avoid her.

They've got her head basically tied down to her chest by some kind of martingale/training fork thing and there were several times that I can see she would have been carrying her head like a giraffe if it hadn't been tied down. She looks like she may have a bit of potential but she's going to need some serious re-training before it will begin to show at all. Truthfully, for more than a couple of hundred, she's probably going to be more trouble than she's worth. Especially if you don't have the training experience to start her over and bring her along correctly.
SM..You that video of her when she was younger--she didnt use to carry her head too high. I mean, she's 3/4 arab..of course she's going to have some elevation to her headset, but she just looks off in this video. She doesnt get ridden regularly, and I know they have had kids on her mostly.

What do you think she needs in the way of retraining? Nothing a daily lunge and trail ride and arena work without a martinggale can't fix?

Is 500 too much for a horse with her...stuff?

I would mostly use her for trails and arena work (I'm not the most experienced rider, either, based on my posts. I know a great deal more than I did when I started, I don't get taken advantage of, and I ride an arab 4 times a week, im getting pretty good at predicting the fights and working them out). Arena work being playing with running poles, barrels, and maybe eventually jumping (which she does).
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For $500 I would walk away from her, you can find something better suited to your needs for the money . It is a terrible shame that she is being ridden that way and it will take a lot of work to correct it.
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Poor horse, her rider looks like she's forcing her muzzle to her chest the way she's riding her. No wonder she's all over the place all she is doing is fighting the restrictive hands and martingale that's tying her head down.

That type of tie down makes them uncomfortable. Bad horse training, want's a quick fix type of owner imo, OP if you have the skills, she's only 500$, I say do it, but she's def a project horse.
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