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post #1 of 10 Old 06-01-2011, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of buying this mare??

YouTube - ‪SORREL MARE‬‏

what do you guys think?
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-01-2011, 02:27 PM
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She looks like a cute mare with some potential, though it really raises red flags to me for people to have a martingale or training fork on a horse in a sale video. Makes me wonder why they think the horse needs it. How much training is that mare supposed to have had? Just from the video, she seems very green broke to me.

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Yes, I will post the ad, but from the info I've been given she is green, only five years old, tentatively trail ridden, but seems pretty level headed for the most part from the video, but like you said maybe it's the martingale or maybe it's been edited to display the "best of" if I go and check her out when I tack her up maybe I should ask if I can ride her in a regular snaffle with no tie down?

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sweet sorrel 5 yr old mare taffy is about 15.1 hands or 15.2 hands tall she is great with her feet great ground manners well started has been down the trails a bit ready and willing mind to go in any direction you want she trailers great and is not buddy sour or mareish she loves people and is a very affectionate horse runs to you in the pasture watch her video and let me know if interested thanks for looking
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Her ad is about right but the first thing that I spotted was, as smrobs said, the training fork. She is already in a regular snaffle so I don't know what you mean by trying her in one - unless you mean without the fork.

As for your question about buying her ... depends on what you are looking for and her price. If she is cheap and you want a started project, she could be the one. If you are looking for a horse that is relatively finished, she isn't but she seems to have a nice disposition.

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I have been looking for a mare that is started but doesn't have to be perfect. I am not looking to show or event, a mare with a little pep on the trail, but a level head. I always said I didn't care for mares but fell in love with one at my barn and am jealous of the bond that my friend has with her mare. My boy just loves everyone who is willing to stop by his pasture but her mare's trust and obedience I had to earn slowly each session. I enjoyed the project, but I don't want to get in over my head at the same time.
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-01-2011, 03:35 PM
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She's cute, but she seems like she has a sore back. And she moves her back legs weird. Definitely get her vet checked if you decided you want to buy her.
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-01-2011, 03:45 PM
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yeah her back legs look like twigs. She should probbly be where some kind of brush boot on them back legs. Looks like they might be coming to close together? She is cute though.

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She seems to be a very patient creature.

If she is only 15.1h then the lady sitting on her is very short.
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post #10 of 10 Old 06-01-2011, 05:13 PM
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Here's what I saw.

Stood very patiently at trailer. tolerated saddling very well, came off the pressure of the tie very well.

followed person in round pen with tempting grass without losing connection to rider. Looked outward to stimulus, but kept attached to human. Aware but not jumpy.

mounted from ground and stood well.

under saddle I did see a wierd gait movement but to me it seemed that she did not reach with her shoulders enough. I do see her dropping her back , too. You can see this right behind the saddle and in front of the pelvis. Could be an illfitting saddle. AND she is young so does not have the muscleage for carrying a rider yet. I dont' see her fighting the tie down so would remove it pronto. She does , however, mouth the bit constantly. Might need dental or change of bit type. The rider was not kind to her back. She did not post and her stirrups were so long she could not carry herself kindly on the horse's back.

I like this mare. I think she has a good mind and will be a good riding horse, baring any physical issues. It looks like she is handled calmly and with confidence by her people so she has a high level of trust in humans.
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