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post #1 of 9 Old 06-15-2013, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Need opinions on a possible purchase!

Okay guys, I've been searching for another horse due to my gelding having surgery. I've looked at a few and just was not impressed. Drove 2 1/2 hours yesterday to go see this boy and I love him. I'd like other's opinions.
Now, I will not be using him for eventing as he is trained. I plan on doing Hunters with him. He's a lovely horse and in my price range. I rode him and he's just a great gelding. He's 16.3, but looks a heck of a lot bigger in person! The owner got on him first just to show me what he is capable of eventing-wise. He did a lot of W/T/C, cavaletti, a few jumps, then did a couple cross country bits.
I really like the seller just due to the fact of him giving me free rein on how to get a feel for him. He told me I could go for a short hack around the barn alone, go up and down a hill with him, etc etc.
The seller was also not pushy at all. He urged me to look at others just to be sure. He's giving me the number to the vet that has all his history and okay with releasing information about Red to me. I was in love with his looks, but the second I saw him work, I knew he was perfect. He's got a big trot, which I'm not used to. My gelding has a short choppy trot and just uncomfortable gaits in general. This guy's canter was AMAZING. So flowy.
If anyone cares to give their insight, please do so. I definitely plan on purchasing him.
Honestly, the pictures don't do him justice. He's got such a presence about him.






And heres a video of him from last year.

Just Red at CDCTA HT April 2012 - YouTube

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-15-2013, 10:37 AM
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I like him. He's a little too sloppy with his knees over fences for hunters right now, but I think he has the potential. If you can neaten up his front end, I'd say you have a nice one there. He doesn't seem rushy over fences, which I like a lot. I see a lot of jumpers that are just too strong for hunters. He might be a tad over at the knee, but it shouldn't hinder him any.

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post #3 of 9 Old 06-15-2013, 10:39 AM
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sorry, double post

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post #4 of 9 Old 06-15-2013, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you :)
Even though I would like to do Hunters with him, that wouldn't be happening for another year or two.
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-15-2013, 01:44 PM
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He looks lovely!! I do agree with apachiedragon though, he looks a little sloppy with his knees while jumping, but I think with some more training and practice he could be a really nice horse! Do you know how high he can go up to? Cause the sloppiness could be due to them being a little low for what he can do! He's certainly not rushing the fences, and seems to have some good distances and paces! He looks nice!
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-15-2013, 02:15 PM
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I like the way he seems to really listen to his rider. I think he's a keeper.
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-15-2013, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!!! He should be coming home Thursday...time to go shopping for him
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-15-2013, 07:45 PM
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I really like him! I think he does have some areas for improvement (but what horse/human doesn't?).

Congraulations on your new horse! You should post some photos of him when he is home!

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post #9 of 9 Old 06-15-2013, 07:47 PM
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I really like his confo. His legs are straight and appear clean with good angles in hocks and pasterns and the pasterns are a very nice length.

As for the riding, I don't know a whole lot about eventing or hunters, but I just liked the way he rode in general. He kept his head and didn't get chargy, he seemed to be really soft and responsive. The couple of little issues he seemed to have appeared to be pilot error.

Really nice horse! Congrats .

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