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post #1 of 14 Old 06-18-2011, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Potential buy--But I need OPINIONS!?

I'm sort of obsessed with this horse right now. I'm very, very seriously considering buying her. But I need some critique/advice/opinions on her body and conformation before I make the purchase. I would just take an experienced horse person with me..but, I know none. Is that sad or what?

What do you think of her? My plans for her would include western and english, trails, maybe a local show/county fair in halter or showmanship, jumps nothing huge, just 2'7 or less). Poles and barrels just for giggles. Basically a do everything horse, that needs a job, and can go and do what my older gal cannot due to an injury (any more than four times a week on trails--and she gets cranky )

I dont think I have to tell you what breed she is..either

YouTube - ‪PsSummer's Channel‬‏ this is a video, not real steady but gives you an idea of her canter, trot and overal vibe.

Any opinions? Should I go for it, or am I missing anything?
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-18-2011, 12:50 PM
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She is a cutie pie. I love her trot. I wanted to see if she would pick up her right lead, but they didn't show her cantering the other way. She did pick up her left lead though. She looks a little excited when she is being led, but that isn't a really big deal if you can handle it. I really like how she looks.

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post #3 of 14 Old 06-18-2011, 01:50 PM
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Is she being sold as green broke or unstarted? If they are claiming that you can ride her, I would demand video of her being ridden before I went one step farther.

As for how she looks, she's cute and certainly has that big Arab trot. On the other hand, I hate the look of her lope. I've ridden some horses that loped like that and that is the most miserable ride ever.
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She is trained now. The video is almost two years old, and she was a much younger whippersnapper then (WITHOUT time at a trainers). She's five now. She's 14.1 (or so I'm told...I really shouldnt believe everythign i read in ads til I see her in person) which I know is kinda small. Especially when you're 5'8". I'm a light 5'8", but still..i dont want to make her look like a dwarf! I will DEFINITELY ride her before I decide to buy.
The owner told me they dont ride her very often, and she has to be lunged before she's ridden. I guess THAT should be (?) a red flag for me (?) but honestly, my 13 year old..if she's not ridden for awhile, she's a pain to slow down, we fight and work it out. And the two six year olds..I wouldnt ride them without lunging them first, no matter how long they have or havent been out of work. So I think she's just typical of an arab her age. ALSO..SHE'S EATING ALFALFA!!!!

I think her transitions might get a little bit better. Don't most arabs have a canter like that though? Short strided and choppy? My mare right now does. I'm..adjusted :)
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Can a mod move this to critiques? Come to think of it..that would be most appropriate :(
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I agree that the lope has that "pronking" quality of a gazelle; adorable to watch, miserable to ride.
Why are you obsessed with her?
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She's cute, affordable, has a bit of potential and I'm greedy. That's basically my reasoning in a nutshell. She's small but can do a bit more than my older girl can with her injury, etc.

She's a Magnum Psyche, Aladdinn and Bask granddaughter. It's been my ambition from childhood when I came across Arabian Legends to own an Aladdinn lined horse (pathetic? I know. Irrational? Definitely. A goal? You bet)

Any way to modify a canter thru transitions or work? Also..isnt it kind of typical of arabs to have that short stride? My older gal does. Also, she was a young'in when this video was shot, and working in a small round pen. Any chance she'd have grown into those legs a little more and found herself since maturing and getting trained? Or am I just wishful thinking?

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In my limited experience, a desirable Arab will have a long, flowy, powerful stride. You can't cover much ground if their lope stride is 4 feet long LOL.

She may not lope the same way under saddle, I don't know, I would have to either ride her or see video but if that is just how her lope is, I would keep looking.

I broke in a gray mare last summer that loped exactly like that. During the initial stages of training, I literally could not lope her for more than a couple of minutes at a time simply because I didn't have the stamina. She would literally beat me to the point that I would have to stop and sit still to catch my breath. She did eventually get better with more training and more miles, but it still wasn't nice. She went from impossible to barely tolerable, but it was never enjoyable.
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That does make sense :(
I looked at the son's channel again: here's one from last fall, so a year newer after training, and you can see her canter at 1:03 (ignore all the music :/ YouTube - ‪PsSummer's Channel‬‏

Any improvement or still the same?
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It's so hard to tell with that one because it's from the back, it's so short, and the video is so wobbly. From what little I can see, it really doesn't look much different.

That being said, some horses do travel significantly different when they are at liberty than they do under saddle. I probably wouldn't completely rule her out until you saw her work with a rider at all 3 gaits.
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