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post #1 of 50 Old 04-05-2010, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question Thoroughbred - Worth it?

Would you buy this horse for 1,500 dollars?

PS I don't own the picture.

I plan on doing western pleasure and hunter under saddle with him, maybe jumping later on. He's 2 in that picture, 16hh. Now he is 3, his legs seem even longer. He is mostly TB, if I remember right.. He was born & raised where I ride. He's pretty good already (from what I've seen when other people have ridden him), and has been through 1 other owner.

Is his confirmation good?
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post #2 of 50 Old 04-06-2010, 12:14 AM
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I don't like the slope of his back... He looks too downhill? I'm no expert, don't get me wrong, but judging from what people have said about my own horses, that's what I think.

And I also don't think he'd do too well in Western Pleasure, he just doesn't look like a WP, in my opinion.
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To me he looks butt high and roach backed which are both conformational flaws. He also looks a little steep in the shoulder and hip as well. I really don't like the way his back/withers/shoulder/neck tie together at all but maybe he grew into it? It can be hard to judge suitability on babies because they get gangly phases and then the even out and you go WOW I didn't expect that. That being said, I would not personally buy him based on that picture for any price. If you try him out and he does exactly what you want and you click then that's entirely up to you as it appears he won't be working overly hard or doing any high level jumping or other strenuous work or competitions. A more recent picture and/or video of him being ridden would help us more accurately help you with confo and suitability questions.

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post #4 of 50 Old 04-06-2010, 12:18 AM
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his back looks funny to me too... maybe its a bit roach back?
I think he could do well in WP, but I don't know that much about it, but from what I've seen he looks like one. Except he might have trouble with the small steps? TB's usually have long strides, haha the opposite of a WP horse. But he is cute :)

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He's certainly leggy! And butt-high (I don't like the feeling of always riding downhill I tend to get when I ride horses with this type of downhill conformation). He doesn't have much depth to his heart girth either.

He looks more like an English prospect to me than western. At least I can't imagine him in a WP head position.

But the most important thing about a horse (in my opinion) is disposition and training. A horse with a good disposition and good training is well worth $1500 in my mind. So take training and disposition into account too.

PS. I really don't see the roach back everyone is talking about. His neck is a bit short though. I could see him as a hunter but not as a western horse.

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If he was only 2 in that picture, I believe there is a possibility that he could've just been outgrowing his "baby conformation" I think we would need a picture of him at this age to really tell.
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The most important things in assessing suitability for pleasure horses and lower level competitive horses are 1.) temperment and 2.) training and experience. Conformation runs a distant third.

If this horse has a good temperment, has been well and kindly started, and has some experience under saddle, then he may well be worth $1500. It all depends on how far along he is in his training. In this market, for $1500., I'd want him to be pretty solid.

I do agree with the other posters that he doesn't look anything like a WP horse. If you truly *want* to do WP, it would be foolish to start with anything other than a QH of the WP type.

Try to get a photo of his confo now as a three year old, that will give you more useful critiques.
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TBs don't even begin to physically mature until about 6yo, whereas other breeds begin to mature between 3 and 4. I would have to see a more recent pic of him to really be a judge. I will say though, he is really light-boned.
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post #9 of 50 Old 04-06-2010, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by westonsma View Post
TBs don't even begin to physically mature until about 6yo, whereas other breeds begin to mature between 3 and 4. I would have to see a more recent pic of him to really be a judge. I will say though, he is really light-boned.
TB's are bred to mature more quickly then any other breed. But I don't think theres that much of a diffference, only a little one

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Hmm OK. Well actually his frame in WP is amazing, as hard as that is to believe. I am going to get a pic myself, OUT of that uneven outdoor arena, tomorrow morning (hopefully).

It'll be almost impossible for me to get a pic of him out of that "horse mode" because my camera sucks.. But I can get some of him on cross ties.

I am really anti-QH, only because they don't stand out. You could get the loudest red roan or frame horse, and really, they look the same to me. I once took an untrained Haflinger in a western pleasure class, our first week ever riding western together without lessons, and I placed 3rd. And I think we only placed because she stood out more than others. :) So I'm trying to lean more towards something that stands out, and his legs really do stand out to me.

But really I don't know much about confirmation.. I'm going to have to go google roach back XD And, is light boned bad?
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