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        12-18-2013, 02:41 AM
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    Need Your Opinions On This Horse

    I am looking to buy a new horse and have passed many horses, because they are not what I am looking for. I am looking for a horse I can start showing next year, but since I am going to be 18 I am no longer allowed to show in the country pleasure classes that I could show my Tennessee walker in. I can still show him in the adult country pleasure classes just I can only do 1 class. So the next step up is the class we have called "Ladies Racking" which the horse has to go into a slow rack and then a fast rack. I am new to this so any advise would help.


    I recently found this 3 year old bay mare that is 3/4 standardbred and 1/4 Tennessee Walking horse. I feel like she is the one for me, and I didn't feel the way with the other horses like I do towards this mare. I seen a video of her being rode and she sounds like a really nice horse and has a nice gait. He was asking $850 for her but I offered him $700 and he said the lowest he could do was $750. The problem is she is far away from me, and he agreed to meet me halfway. I have bought a horse before that I only seen rode once and I never even met the horse before and he turned out to be a great horse. I've been lied to before also. So would you try it? And is worth $750?
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        12-18-2013, 03:55 AM
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    I can't really comment on buying a horse sight unseen because I have never done it myself but I guess its a gamble which could either work out or not. She looks rather underweight in that first photo but very pretty
         
        12-18-2013, 04:07 AM
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    She looks younger than 3 and rather immature, if she was mine I'd be turning away until she'd grown up a bit. Sorry can't help much on conformation but she does have a sweet face.
         
        12-18-2013, 06:56 AM
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    Can she rack? You are looking for a horse that is able to do a slow and a fast rack but you did not mention is this mare is able to do that gate. Some gated horses don't so I would make sure she can do the job before you buy her. I agree with the others that she does look a bit young, I would have guessed two or under by her picture.
         
        12-18-2013, 10:30 AM
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    Can she rack? You are looking for a horse that is able to do a slow and a fast rack but you did not mention is this mare is able to do that gate. Some gated horses don't so I would make sure she can do the job before you buy her. I agree with the others that she does look a bit young, I would have guessed two or under by her picture.
    Yes she can rack. The video they sent she was racking. If I get her i'm going to get her fatten up before I ever start working with her.
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        12-18-2013, 11:49 AM
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    Green Broke
    To me, that first picture has too many red flags. The horse is very underweight, has long hooves, the guy holding her is practically shoving the halter into her eye and making her stand in a rather unnatural pose. It makes me question not only her physical readiness for riding, but the quality of any training she may have received so far. As a cheap (<$500) project horse, maybe, but as a horse with expectations to show in the next year? No.
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        12-18-2013, 02:33 PM
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    She definitely doesn't look 4 to me, or even big/wide enough for an adult rider at the moment.

    Her hooves look purposely trimmed long to me.
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        12-18-2013, 02:42 PM
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    She definitely doesn't look 4 to me, or even big/wide enough for an adult rider at the moment.

    Her hooves look purposely trimmed long to me.
    She is supposed to be 3 years old. I am guessing they did that so they could put heavy shoes on the front. I am planning on getting her but still not sure, if I do I'm going to wait a while for I even start riding her or anything.
         
        12-18-2013, 03:53 PM
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    My apologies, I thought that I read four. Three...a brand new three, might be believable- but she is still rather immature looking for her age. I agree that the reason for lengthening her toes is probably to shoe her or to exaggerate her gait. Many people do it. She's cute, and might make a nice low level show horse, but I definitely don't think she's ready to be ridden yet and I wonder about her legs if she is already being ridden by her current owners. She looks like she can't be more than 13.2-13.3hh. If you do buy her, definitely do not pay the $850 that they are asking. She is a scrawny grade horse in a poor economy that you will have to travel to buy. If you like her that's great, but I personally wouldn't pay more than $500 for her and I'd plan to toss her in the pasture for a year or so to let her grow up.
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        12-18-2013, 05:35 PM
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    My apologies, I thought that I read four. Three...a brand new three, might be believable- but she is still rather immature looking for her age. I agree that the reason for lengthening her toes is probably to shoe her or to exaggerate her gait. Many people do it. She's cute, and might make a nice low level show horse, but I definitely don't think she's ready to be ridden yet and I wonder about her legs if she is already being ridden by her current owners. She looks like she can't be more than 13.2-13.3hh. If you do buy her, definitely do not pay the $850 that they are asking. She is a scrawny grade horse in a poor economy that you will have to travel to buy. If you like her that's great, but I personally wouldn't pay more than $500 for her and I'd plan to toss her in the pasture for a year or so to let her grow up.
    That's what I plan on doing if I get her. I just want to show her at my local horse show we have here. I was told she was 15hh, but she does look small in the pics, but in the video she did look bigger. I also found the girl that use to have her and she said that she would make someone a great horse. Does she have long legs because she is half standardbred? I own a Tennessee walker and his legs was never that long.
         

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