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        12-09-2008, 10:56 PM

    Hey you guys, I was active on here for a while when my normal horse forum crashed and when it came back I stopped... but now I'm back!

    And the best part is that I'm looking at horses again. :]

    Anyway, long story short, this is the horse I'm absolutely in love with. I've known his owner for a couple of years although have never met her in person and when she heard I was looking for a horse she told me all about Zeus. He sounds perfect for me in every way and I'm going to go see him soon (they're about 4 hours away).

    Thought I'd ask for a conformation critique, although I know that if we click when I go see him and ride him than that's it. He'll be mine. <3

    Sorry for their size, I can't resize them right now...

    Where he's standing is a bit uneven. He's actually built uphill.

    A few jumping pictures...

    Thanks in advance you guys!
    I'm glad to be back!
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        12-09-2008, 11:09 PM
    He is one good looking horse! Is he a draft cross?? I love how chunky he is! No critique from me, he looks lovely. Lucky i'm in a different country or i'd steal him! How old is he? What are you hoping to dow ith him, more jumping?
        12-09-2008, 11:21 PM
    Thanks! He's a 9 year old Warmblood X Thoroughbred.
    And yeah, I'm going to be jumping with him as well as taking dressage lessons and goofing off western every once in a while. He neckreins already too, which is wonderful.
        12-09-2008, 11:39 PM
    Sorry for the double post. Forgot to add the video of him jumping.
    Whoops, ha ha.

        12-10-2008, 12:35 AM
    Aw he;s lovely, and sounds perfect for what you want! I'm very jealous :]
        12-10-2008, 01:51 AM
    Awwe he looks wonderful!!
    He actually reminds me a bit of my pony (probably why I like him so much :P) What are his WB lines?
    I would just ask why they are riding him in the gag? And please do get him in some dressage lessons I have a feeling that stride could open up a lot more, while staying collected that it shows in the video, and the girl shouldn't need to haul on his face for a turn.
    If he really is anything like my boy (and it looks like they're basically brothers) then those horses like to run, and they like to be on the other side of the obstacles, but they are really really sensitive and even when they go into crazy run mode, they do have a really nice half halt.
    Anyways, smashing horse! Just make sure you vet him really well. Check out his hocks and entire forelegs specifically. Good luck!
        12-10-2008, 02:02 AM
    Hmm, I can't answer your question about the gag... dunno why.
    Dressage lessons are definitely happening. I've ALWAYS wanted to take them and from how he moves he'd be stellar at it. I see what you mean about him getting his face yanked around a bit and his owner has actually told me that he's really responsive and light so that kind of confuses me... she could have been a bit nervous? Well, I'll find out when I go try him anyway.

    He'll get a thorough vet check.
    I also have a guarantee from his current owner (and we'll get this in paper) that if for any reason we couldn't take care of him anymore that she'd take him back. She loves this horse soooo much.

    That's why she'd be so thrilled to sell him to me. So he'd going to someone she knows and feels confident about. She's going to have a hard time letting him go but she has her new horse to work with and he's not getting enough love.
        12-10-2008, 02:17 AM
    I'm so excited for you
    I really hope he passes his vet check. He looks like an awesome horse!
        12-10-2008, 04:25 AM
    Judging by that "flat" bum, I would say he has quite alot of "old type" warmblood in him. This is very common in showjumpers of the heavier type here...I think he is LOVELY!!!!
        12-10-2008, 04:27 AM
    As for the gag, he looks like alot of horse to keep control of and the girl/s riding him don't look particularly strong to me...lol

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