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        10-27-2012, 06:36 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    In the video, he was feeling his oats there I think; typical reaction of the confined horse getting some air (don't need to bother with a discussion on his kicking out as that's been covered).

    What I saw in his movement was restricted upward and forward motion in his front legs which, in my humble opinion (and I hope the jumping folks will weigh in here), means he's going to work that much harder getting and keeping those legs in decent position for clearing a jump.

    Overall, I liked the look of him (of course I am partial to a thoroughbred) apart from his front legs. I don't think he could handle a second career as a full time hunter/jumper though so it would be kinder on him to focus on flat and trail work. Thus, if you could content yourself with minimal to no jumping on him, then it might work out for the two of you.
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        10-27-2012, 07:14 PM
      #22
    Banned
    Hmmmm what I saw was not necessarily a horse over at the knee (I think in The pic he was just about to move forward, exaserbating the look of the knee),
    However I do see a horse that's pretty fresh.....seen as he's finished racing he probably hasn't been worked for a while and is still receiving his daily ration of grain.....it can nly take one day without work for a racehorse to get like this....and this is mild to say the least

    Im a big believer in this saying:

    'it costs just as much to feed a bad horse as it does a good horse'

    You either want to dump your money into a so-so animal or else you want to dump it into a horse who is worth your while.

    Attitude is paramount with any horse, he could be as ugly as sin, but be the best horse you've ever sat on. He could be as pretty as heck, but an a$$ to boot!

    It's a big investment, don't fall in love with the first or the second or even the third one you see....

    Write a list of what you want, and write a list of what you are willing to compromise.....

    At the top of the list of wants for me would be:
    Good Attitude
    Good Conformation

    And pretty would jus be a bonus
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        10-27-2012, 07:20 PM
      #23
    Trained
    Best horse I ever rode is the nastiest, ugliest arab cross thing. Hates everyone. Makes nasty faces at you when you saddle and get on him.

    But, when you do get on...It's amazing. That horse flat drug my two year old who is twice his size last year across the arena because he wouldn't walk through the mud puddle in the footing. 18 years old and won an endurance ride. Ran barrels for awhile (hated it, but did it willingly), jumped for me, did dressage, played with some XC even. Don't judge books by their covers.
         
        10-27-2012, 07:30 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    I like him too, but you're right...he moves very...flat. His confo is halfway decent, though (a far cry better than the horse the OP is looking at).

    OP, is there a reason you want such a tall horse?
    Well Im very short so I don't need a tall horse (Im just a tiny bit too big for a pony actually) But me and my 6'3" father will be sharing and he really needs a tall horse because he looks like a giant on anything shorter than 6.2 hands lol.
         
        10-27-2012, 07:31 PM
      #25
    Showing
    Honestly, I would get something with more substance than a TB if your father is going to be riding him. Like a warmblood cross or even a tall appendix. TBs tend to be light on bone.
         
        10-27-2012, 07:33 PM
      #26
    Foal
    The owner still has him racing, actually in 2 days, and im suspecting that's why he was so up, just from being in the stall and being so fit. I am not pleased with the fact that they discipline him either, as you guys said also, we woulda had a come to jesus moment because of that.
         
        10-27-2012, 07:36 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    Honestly, I would get something with more substance than a TB if your father is going to be riding him. Like a warmblood cross or even a tall appendix. TBs tend to be light on bone.
    yeah im trying to convince him that too...lol. We have an all thoroughbred farm and he's ridden and hunted just about all of them consistantly and we havent had a problem with them because of his height or weight or anything (hes not fat, but he is tall so he does weigh a little more than other men) but he has his mind set on a thoroughbred
         
        10-27-2012, 07:50 PM
      #28
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TheSkipper    
    yeah im trying to convince him that too...lol. We have an all thoroughbred farm and he's ridden and hunted just about all of them consistantly and we havent had a problem with them because of his height or weight or anything (hes not fat, but he is tall so he does weigh a little more than other men) but he has his mind set on a thoroughbred
    The thoroughbreds he's used to may be heavier in bone than the boy you're looking at. I didn't mention it at first because we were focused on his knees, but he is rather light on bone. If you were the only one riding him, then fine, but with your heavier father riding him, I wouldn't expect him to hold up long.

    There are thoroughbreds out there with more substance than this guy. I've even worked with a few. One was a huge 17.1hh bright bay brute who you'd SWEAR was a big warmblood or even a draft cross, but he was a pure racing thoroughbred.
         
        10-27-2012, 08:07 PM
      #29
    Trained
    I'll sum up what Aires was saying, LOL.

    There is legitimately no way this horse is what you are looking for. If you'd like, we can help you look for something that is though.
         
        10-27-2012, 08:12 PM
      #30
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
    I'll sum up what Aires was saying, LOL.

    There is legitimately no way this horse is what you are looking for. If you'd like, we can help you look for something that is though.
    Thanks, Sorrel. I do tend to get overly verbose.
         

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