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post #1 of 17 Old 06-23-2011, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on horse i might buy

Hi, i wanted you guys to tell me what you think on this horses movement...he is a paint, hunter under saddle. I have talked with the owner and plan to visit the horse in a week and if i like get a vet check, the only thing that concerns me is she said he has hot spots...which she says are just skin problems due to humidity(i of cross will have my vet look closely at this) but i always thought hot spots were due to an injury and the area is 'hot', but she says he is sound never been injected and can go barefoot..anybody have any comments on that and please tell me what you think of his movement.
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He does not track up and he has quite a bit of knee action at the trot. I think even at the breed shows where they do more Wenglish than what I would call HUS they still want the horse to track up (use themselves) and have a swinging shoulder with minimal knee action.

He is very down hill. I thought the rules had been changed that the poll should not be below the withers.
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Agree completely with AB.

Also, is it just me or does it almost look like the canter (lope?) is a 4 beat instead of 3?
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It does look like that at times, for sure, Dressage.
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post #5 of 17 Old 06-23-2011, 03:51 PM
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Ok good I'm glad I'm not just seeing things

OP, I personally would pass on this horse and keep looking. There are so many horses out there, why not get something that isn't going to take a lot of work to break some pretty bad habits?
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His canter is good, not a 3 beat in my opinion, but i knew the knee action would be a debate..but judges love him down here, but what i am most concerned about is the hot spots anybody have an opinion or experience with that?
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If his canter is good shouldn't it be a 3 beat? I was always taught that a canter or lope is a 3 beat and a 4 beat would be considered a gallop or the horse is lame.
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post #8 of 17 Old 06-23-2011, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Meant to type 4 beat... he has a very distinguised 3 beat not a 4 beat... and his head set is right, what i am more concerned about is the hot spots?
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I find it hard to be objective about how a horse goes when I watch that kind of "going". I mean, head artificially held low and horse moving without hind end engagement or lift in the sholders. This horse actually moves pretty decent , compared to so many I have seen ridden this way. With more correct riding, he may start tracing up and engageing behind. The rider sure was workin' hard at her posting and rib ticklin'.
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-23-2011, 06:55 PM
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He is not 4 beating at all. This horse would clean up in APHA shows in HUS. Go with the vet check on the hot spots, humid climates have their own set of problems.
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