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    10-27-2012, 07:34 PM
  #31
Trained
If he is tall but not heavy a TB may work, they come in fairly solid build as well, what is your budget?
     
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    10-27-2012, 09:13 PM
  #32
Foal
Yeah I get what you guys are saying. And thanks for all of your input, I appreciate it. :) too bad I don't ride western and it woulda just prettymuch been me riding him. Then it mighthave worked. I understand why his price was so much lower than the other horses on the site. Im going to hold off on getting another horse for now. My horse died about a month ago and Id feel like I was replacing him. But Im always looking, and this one just kinda caught my eye. You guys are right, were not the right match for eachother lol. But hopefully someone else will enjoy him over the knee'd and all haha
     
    10-27-2012, 10:08 PM
  #33
Foal
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If he is sound enough for the track why wouldnt he be able to jump small jumps?
Who says he is sound enough for the track? Race sport has not exactly the reputation to care much about the long-term lameness issues a horse can get from the track.
You, in contrary, sure want to ride your new horse for many, many years. I would not recommend looking any closer at this one because he really does not have good front legs (unless the picture is misleading). There are so many retired thoroughbreds around - keep looking!
Good luck!
     
    10-29-2012, 12:12 PM
  #34
Foal
Okay guys, so I was looking at some other postings on canter and... HOLY CRAP HOW IS THIS A THOROUGHBRED??? LOL.
Cupcake Lover- located on farm in Chesapeake City, Md
     
    10-29-2012, 12:34 PM
  #35
Weanling
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okay guys, so I was looking at some other postings on canter and... HOLY CRAP HOW IS THIS A THOROUGHBRED??? LOL.
Cupcake Lover- located on farm in Chesapeake City, Md
They say she was never bred due to a thyroid problem which I'm willing to bet is Cushings. You probably would want to pass on her.
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    10-29-2012, 12:42 PM
  #36
Foal
Yeah that's what I figured lol. I was just shocked at how huge she was!
     
    10-29-2012, 02:23 PM
  #37
Showing
That's how that gelding I worked with was built. His name was Bizzaro. Difference was, he was all muscle, whereas that mare just looks fat.
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    10-29-2012, 04:23 PM
  #38
Yearling
My husband (6' 3-4" 245 lbs.) rides an OTTB in the mountains that we have had since he was 9. The difference is that our horse had PERFECT conformation and wonderful bone, had been raced very lightly and had always had wonderful care. We got him when he was 9. This year he will be 21 and he's still sound. He's 16+hh. Just under 16.1.

Tall, big people do not have to have tall horses. In fact, shorter horses with more bone in their leg and a stockier build may be better for them because the center of gravity that the horse has to balance isn't as far off the ground. Height is not all you should be looking at.

The thoroughbred you were looking at has definite faults in his knees and leg structure. I think he was also young? It's bad enough that they begin racing so early, but if you really want them to be carrying weight, it would be good to let them mature. I watched the video and I definitely saw a constricted stride. He's at Canter because he won't make a race horse. With those legs, he's not going to be good at anything that requires any kind of athletic ability. I'd pass.
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    04-22-2014, 09:03 AM
  #39
Foal
I actually bought Whitehouse about a year ago. Completely sound - super gentle - holding up to 18" jumps currently and his over at the knees has gone down considerably by correcting his heel toe ratio and letting him rest in a pasture over the last year. He has never acted like he did in his video and is actually a farm favorite with the smaller children and the barn owners. I took him as a project for a potential beginner but he is actually doing well enough we're working towards eventing.

Just goes to show even the ugliest conformation can surprise you - and attitude at the track is far different after retirement.
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    04-22-2014, 10:27 AM
  #40
Yearling
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I actually bought Whitehouse about a year ago. Completely sound - super gentle - holding up to 18" jumps currently and his over at the knees has gone down considerably by correcting his heel toe ratio and letting him rest in a pasture over the last year. He has never acted like he did in his video and is actually a farm favorite with the smaller children and the barn owners. I took him as a project for a potential beginner but he is actually doing well enough we're working towards eventing.

Just goes to show even the ugliest conformation can surprise you - and attitude at the track is far different after retirement.
Can we see some pictures of this horse now? I would like to see how different he looks :)
     

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