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post #1 of 10 Old 05-08-2011, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yet another hunter mare I want critiqued

What do you guys think of this lady??
Does she have what it takes to do rated type shows, preferably at like 3'?

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Typey, lovely front end, lots of talent. I'm guessing fairly young because of the coat color. Probably greener that you really want. In the last two vids, they have a pelham on her, and she's still a little resistant in the opening hunter circle and grumpy about her change. As a matter of fact, I think she probably needs another 6 months to a year of professional mileage.

I like her a lot and think she has TONS of potential, but how she's handled in the next six months to a year will either turn her into a hot, tense nutjob, or polish her up as a legit prospect.

If you go see her, the most important factor is how she goes for you - if you can get a steady distance without her fighting you, or a change without tension, that's a very good sign.
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I know nada, zilch! ... but here's my 2 cents anyways lol. :)
Although I think she has a beautiful canter and a very nice trot, when she jumped it wasn't always... Well in the first video she had such a nice canter that I was expecting an awesome jump, but she never seemed to lift her upper body much. She would just lift her front legs and rainbow over the jump. I don't know if that's necessarily not wanted or bad, but it seems that a horse should usually spring forward and upward and then rainbow over after going over most of the jump.
In the other videos, especially the last one, she looked a lot better and seemed to lift her upper body more. I think if you get her to hold herself better over the jumps, she could have a lot of potential. But all my speculations are only coming from my brain and what little I have seen, so I am curious to see what others have to say. :)

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Maura, those last two videos are from summer 2009, so nearly two years ago. So she probably looks different now. Also she was probably only around five then, as she is 7 now. Hopefully that six months to a year you were talking about worked out in her(my) favor! :)

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What division, exactly, are you aiming to do? The adult amateur?

I would go see her and get recent photos and video. I find it odd that someone with a nice prospect for sale would only have 2 year old video, but maybe that's just me.

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Ok, but you definitely think she is worth a look? As for her color, how will it change as she ages?

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I get really nervous when people are selling horses but only have videos/photos that are several years old :/ Especially when it's a young horse or they are selling with any claim to showing ability or talent.

Someone else can answer better but grey horses will get lighter and lighter and many/most of them look "white" when they get a bit older. The younger they are the more of the dark grey they have but when they get older that fades to white.



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It seems to me that if the first videos are more recent, then this little pony hasn;t shown much improvement. In the first video is looks like she just pulls down the lines and doesnt listen when the rider asks for a half halt. It has a cute jump but I dont like the way it approaches the jump. almost like it can't find the distance and adds a half a step. I personally dont think that she is fancy enough to pin at the rated shows. especially with the head thowing and what not, which of course could be the bit, the rider, her teeth, bla bla bla.

But, If the price is right and you have the time to put into her, might be a fun project. For sure go try her out. If you dont have the time and really want to place at the rated shows I would say keep looking

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I def think she's a prospect. Hope they aren't selling her as finished. But I agree with Maura... how she's handled is going to decide if she's rated hunter or a local level. She looks like the kind of horse that will need a competent rider no matter what. She chips rather than find distances or takes a long spot. The changes aren't very pretty and she leans in around any turn. She has the scope for 3', and a nice jump when she's not on her forehand.

And a pelham at age 5? This really makes me think there will be gaps in her training. Someone wanted the quick route into the show ring rather than putting the right foundation on her. I'd get xrays too... 3' by five is a good bit of jumping.

I'm not astounded by her movement, but I think with rider tweaking, she'll pin in the hack.

Go... try her... See if she settles for you or with some work you can get a nice balanced line. If you think you can work with her to make her what you need/want, and the price is right, sure why not.
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