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        04-25-2014, 10:24 AM
      #1
    Foal
    Looking at horses, oppinions please

    Hi guys,

    I am looking at various horses, and am going to the UConn horse auction in CT this Saturday, I was looking at their list of horses and am unsure if any of their horses are even worth looking at. I am not buying but I was trying to get an idea of what they had, so in the future I may get from them.

    I would be looking for a good trail horse, walk, trot, canter, English (Hunt seat or Dressage) an easy going horse that would be safe for beginners. Sound for riding of course, as well as having lots of time left for riding, I don't want a horse that in a few years will most likely be un-ride able.

    I did notice that quite a few of their horses seem to be older... so I don't know, but I figured opinions couldn't hurt!

    Anyways here is the list, thanks for all the help!

    http://cag.uconn.edu/ansci/ansci/hor...webedition.pdf
         
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        04-25-2014, 11:12 AM
      #2
    Yearling
    Well, at first glance I see quite a few decent animals amongst the bunch.
    Horse 1: Not a bad mare. 14 is a good age, and her height is handy. However, I am not a fan of her front pasterns. But they may not affect her.

    Horse 2: I REALLY don't like her front feet! I would pass on her.

    Horse 3: As you said you want something a little in the younger category, 17 is probably a little old for your taste.

    Horse 4: I like this little one the most so far. She would be worth looking at.

    Horse 5: Again, really really like this mare. She caught my eye when I first scrolled down the list. I would look out for her.

    Horse 6: Eh. I don't like all the apparatus on her, and she looks over at the knee. She appears to be the only bandaged one, which I am viewing with suspicion.

    Horse 8: Really quite nice, but I don't like the way she leans back on her heels in front. Maybe morgans are supposed to stand like that, so I don't know.

    Horse 9: Does NOT look like a TB to me, and probably a bit old for your taste. Looking again, that horse is built like a tank, and I honestly think there is no way in hell that he is a TB. Cob more like. No TB traits that I can see.

    Horse 10: Probably too small, depending on your height. Sweet though.

    Horse 11: Again, probably a bit old.

    Horse 12: I really like this horse, and think she would suit your needs.

    Horse 13: Quite nice, but back at the knee.

    Horse 14: Probably a bit old for you. Also extremely scruffy, and probably infested with worms.

    Horse 15: Don't like his front legs, but bar that, he's really nice.

    Horse 16: Lovely! But will probably be pretty pricey, from the description.

    So a few horses there worth looking at I think.
         
        04-25-2014, 01:13 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Awesome thanks! Yea I guess I should have mentioned I'm about 5 foot 10 inches and 220lbs so I am a larger rider. Thanks for the opinions!
         
        04-25-2014, 01:27 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    I think 5 and 12 are worth going for, and would suit your needs. Though both are over 10, they aren't old. But I'm not sure what age you want to stay under.
         
        04-25-2014, 08:33 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Awesome, thanks guys! Ill keep an eye on those ones.
         
        04-25-2014, 09:35 PM
      #6
    Started
    The one morgan is just "parked out" in the picture. Its a show stance. I would be careful around older school horses. They are awesome horses but may have a mild/wonky lameness or not be able to keep sound with regular work. A lot of the schools where I am will also start to sell/adopt out older school horses because they are no longer sound for lessons. Just because it has the UConn name attached to it go at it the same way you would any other auction.
         
        04-26-2014, 01:02 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Sometimes when I go to an auction I try to talk to the owners of the horses and find out as much as I can about the horse, maybe don't bid on that horse but inquire if these owners have other horses for sale that I might go and look at. That way I can take more time deciding and even go and ride the horse a few times to see how it is or maybe a trial period. Good way to make contacts with people who are in the selling business, even be able to get some opinions on their reliability.
    I have to say that personally I don't like to buy at an auction unless I already know the horse.
         
        04-26-2014, 01:31 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Some of those horses are pretty nice, although I'm not sure an auction is the best place for a beginner to buy. You don't get a PPE or a test ride, so I have always felt that inexperienced people can get in a lot of trouble with them.

    I like #3, Pantera for you, though as long as the age (17) doesn't scare you off. She sounds like a good beginner mount and I like her. I also like 5 and 12 as mentioned, but one of those is listed as "intermediate rider w/trainer" and the other is "advanced" and you're looking for beginner safe. I'm also not sure you'd be happy doing dressage/hunters on a 14.2hh horse if you're a taller, bigger rider, so I might avoid those also.
         
        04-26-2014, 06:41 PM
      #9
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Viranh    
    Some of those horses are pretty nice, although I'm not sure an auction is the best place for a beginner to buy. You don't get a PPE or a test ride, so I have always felt that inexperienced people can get in a lot of trouble with them.

    I like #3, Pantera for you, though as long as the age (17) doesn't scare you off. She sounds like a good beginner mount and I like her. I also like 5 and 12 as mentioned, but one of those is listed as "intermediate rider w/trainer" and the other is "advanced" and you're looking for beginner safe. I'm also not sure you'd be happy doing dressage/hunters on a 14.2hh horse if you're a taller, bigger rider, so I might avoid those also.
    at Uconn you can pre ride and get a vet check its the only reason I was looking at them the auction was cool I will upload some videos later
         

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