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    12-16-2009, 08:39 PM
Personally, what you spend on a horse is your buisness, everyones spending limit is different. I feel as long as you like the horse and you have the money to spend, buy it! I still really love the first filly I posted and to me she's very cheep!
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    12-16-2009, 08:41 PM
Originally Posted by westonsma    
Also, the problem I've found with the Spark-bred horses is that where the neck meets the point of shoulder (right above the chest) is really high. If you look closely at them, their necks are placed really high, which in turn makes it harder for them to really lower their heads. Not that they can't do it, but it's not as easy, naturally, for them to lower their heads.

For example, look at the difference in the neck placement between
Playin with Boon DR and Lil Whiz Olena DR

They're right there next to eachother, but there is a notable difference. There's an even bigger difference between Playin with Boon DR and Like A Crystal DR.

I think if I were to pick one of the yearlings it would have to be Poco Cal Bar or Shining Zanolena DR.

If your doing reining or cutting I don't think they have to have low head sets like a pleasure horse. Im no expert on Cutting or reining but most that I've seen don't carry their heads like a pleasure horse.
    12-19-2009, 01:34 PM

Above's a video of a Dunit horse and its head carriage. Note the stops at 1:30, 3:39, and 3:50. Since his head is low, he is more balanced at the end of the stop to catch his balance for the next move, either a reverse or turn.

Here's a Peppy Badger Chex prospect, and from :59- 1:10 even without a rider, you can see his natural head carriage is low.

And this, a Spark horse, (one with that high neck-set) and if you watch his stops and spins, beit they are GORGEOUS, watch how much his poor head bobs when he lowers his head to stop and spin, and how hard he has to work to get the rollback. Which isn't that great, because of the way he stops.

Now, after seeing that spark horse there, take a look at this Wimpy bred 4 yr old. I had to watch this whole video a dozen times over. The only thing I could even TRY to criticize was the first rollback at 2:30, he threw his head up when he turned around, and he's young, so he swished his tail and pooped...

Here's a cutting horse with a lower neck-set, you can see immediately, even before the horse gets a cow. Then look at him as he moves toward the cow at 1:10, and 1:14, BOOM, that head is DOWN.

It is just easier for the horse to continue his momentum if he naturally puts his head down. Think about it this way: if a horse stops with his head up and has to yank back to the other direction, he either has to drop his head and his front end and throw himself the other way, or he has to rear up on his hind end. But, if his head were down in the stop and he had to go back the other way, he's already down, so he can save the time/energy and have the momentum already going for him.
    12-19-2009, 03:51 PM
Westonsma - great job with the video illustration!!

Yes, any horse that has to do rolling back or quick changes of direction benefits from a lower, balanced head carriage.
    12-19-2009, 04:27 PM
Why, thank you Sixx! Might I add, too, that buckskin buddy you got on your avatar looks beautiful!
    12-19-2009, 04:46 PM
My colt is Hollywood Dun It's grandson as well. He's also the best horse I have ever had. Very good bloodlines. :)
    12-20-2009, 03:03 PM
Originally Posted by westonsma    
Why, thank you Sixx! Might I add, too, that buckskin buddy you got on your avatar looks beautiful!

Thanks, he's my baby. :)
    06-24-2013, 07:02 PM
I know this is an old thread, but wanted to post anyways. Very unhappy w/ davis ranch- bought 2 horses, one in cutting training that was 3 inches shorter than what they said. Another came 150 lbs underweight. Was also supposed to have 30 days riding on her, but couldn't even pick up her feet, brush her, or saddle her. It also took over 6 months to get my registration papers on the horses. BE CAREFUL WHEN BUYING FROM THEM!

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