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    09-18-2012, 09:47 AM
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Thinking of checking out Paint/Arab

I was checking out possible horses to buy and I found this Arab/Paint. He pretty much is just what I'm looking for... except for height. The ad says he's 3 years old and 14.1. Can I expect him to grow at all? My Arab is around that size and I've ridden him comfortably, but always have felt a bit big on him. I'm 5'6" or 5'7" and have fairly long legs.

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    09-18-2012, 09:49 AM
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What a cutie pie! If he's only 3 y/o, he has another 3 years to grow. He'll probably make it to 14.3/15 h.

I just hope they're not working him very hard. At 3 y/o, he's still a baby. Most Arabs are lightly started under saddle at 3, but owners generally wait until they're 4 y/o before asking them to do too much.
     
    09-18-2012, 09:52 AM
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I just hope they're not working him very hard. At 3 y/o, he's still a baby. Most Arabs are lightly started under saddle at 3, but owners generally wait until they're 4 y/o before asking them to do too much.
That was my concern as well. They said he's mostly paint... but still he's just a baby. I'll definitely get a PPE.

I think I'm in love with him already. Waiting anxiously for the trainer to email me back and let me know if he's still available...
     
    09-18-2012, 09:53 AM
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What a cutie pie! If he's only 3 y/o, he has another 3 years to grow. He'll probably make it to 14.3/15 h.
That would probably be just about perfect. I think I like the IDEA of a super tall horse, but when it comes down to it, for ease of mounting and dismounting (on purpose or "accidentally" ) a shorter horse is just more suited to me.
     
    09-18-2012, 09:57 AM
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Well... With 14'1 at 3 yo he may or may not make other couple inches. My qh was 14' at 2, 14'2-14'3 at 3 and finished at 14'3 (just getting wider since that). However she was quite fast in her development, while it took much longer for my paint to grow and mature (till 5 or so). My guess would be he'll get other couple inches, but you never know.

I also wonder how much riding/training/work he's done and at what age he was started.

Other than that I have to say he's a very cute horse, and I really like his look.
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    09-18-2012, 10:03 AM
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I also wonder how much riding/training/work he's done and at what age he was started.
Heard back, and he's still available.

He started training this spring... 90 days, apparently. The owner decided she wants a bigger horse so she sent him back to the trainer for an additional 30 days at the end of August.

It seems like she's done A LOT with him, which is a concern. She has him doing a sliding stop already... and the other video (FOR SALE: Skeeter warming up - YouTube) states that she was planning on starting him on gaming patters. Eek!!!!

Should this be a huge concern? Would potential problems be picked up on a PPE, or is it likely he could break down later on?
     
    09-18-2012, 10:29 AM
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Potential problems should be picked up on a PPE, Nik.

I don't know how much Arab blood he has but he looks very Arab-y, especially his face and that compact little body.

You're just lucky he's a bay pinto. If he were a black and white, I'd be fighting you for him!
     
    09-18-2012, 10:55 AM
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Potential problems should be picked up on a PPE, Nik.
Okay, great! I've never done a PPE before... but really think it's a good idea. I have two retired horses who probably are going to require more expensive care soon so I don't want any surprises I can possibly prevent.

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I don't know how much Arab blood he has but he looks very Arab-y, especially his face and that compact little body.
The trainers says 3/4 Paint, 1/4 Arab, but I did notice the "look" was very Arab (which I like!). My SIL's Paint/Arab is TOTALLY different. He looks more Saddlebred like. Probably the "new" Arab rather than the "old" Arab?

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You're just lucky he's a bay pinto. If he were a black and white, I'd be fighting you for him!
LOL! I actually prefer the chestnut/bay paints. ;) I've only ever owned chestnuts and a bay... so it would be exciting to have some color out in the pasture!

The trainer said most of the hard work has been ground work. She said he had 19 hours of groundwork and 35 hours of riding the first time she had, with probably an additional 12 hours of riding since then. So, he's probably more green than the video shows (she did say he sometimes protests - crowhops - when picking up the canter occasionally). I'm not overly concerned with that. I've dealt with that before, and got confirmation from my trainer last night that she definitely thinks I can handle a green horse (though she wouldn't recommend an OTTB at this point for me).

If all goes well, I'm possibly going to look at him Thursday or Friday!
     
    09-18-2012, 11:36 AM
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He is a looker... Good luck with him
     
    09-18-2012, 12:05 PM
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I really like the look of him and his attitude is great. I'd love him
He looks quite mature in his build so I doubt he'll grow much though you can never tell - our gypsy cob was supposed to be 3 when we bought her and she didn't grow any higher but my old mare grew two inches which was a pain as I bought her to do (UK) 15 hand show/working hunter pony classes - just to produce and sell her on so I ended up keeping her for mysel - no regrets
I have to say that he rides big for a 14.1 so should suit you fine - and getting on easily has so many advantages!!!
     

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