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post #1 of 6 Old 06-09-2012, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Does she have western potential?

So, I've got a small budget and I know that I will probably either be able to afford a 4h level horse, or a project. I'd like to find something that is well broke, but a bit of a project. I stumbled on this ad the other day, and it seems that if she has potential I may be willing to look into her. Can you all look her over and tell me if you think that this mare has a competitive future in western riding?

What I'm really looking for is a horse that can go western pleasure or working western, which is described by our show club as like wp, but more relaxed headset and speed. So it can be faster or not a stereotypical wp horse. In fact, I think that I may just stick to working classes and skip wp. as I find that it's a bit too slow for my need for (relative) speed. Bonus with this girl is that she could hopefully take me into the hunt seat classes right away. I know I'm not going to AQHA shows anytime soon, so her breed (TB) shouldn't matter. The horse herself would have to have a say as well, some horses just don't like one discipline or another for whatever reason.

Tell me what you think. Be honest, but not brutal, ok? Do you think she could be turned into a western horse? It's just a thought, that maybe I shouldn't be focusing on horses that are just listed as western, perhaps I should be willing to look into the enlish ones as well... I'm just asking could it be done, please doesn't all jump out of the woods and bash me or something- I'm curious here...

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-29-2012, 05:38 PM
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She might go WP, but she'd never do Reining or Cutting. TB's just aren't built for it. If working western is what you're looking for, I'd go Quarter Horse or Arabians. They have nice laid back shoulders (most - this depends on breeding) and generally have a much lower hock set then TB's so they can actually "get down".
So, depends on what you're looking for.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-29-2012, 08:29 PM
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I had a TB that could bury his butt and do an awesome rollback, outdoing the qh's. My grade mare, TWH, arab, qh mix could do a great rollback, couldn't be beaten in keyhole. Smooth as glass.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-01-2012, 04:38 PM
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Some can, for sure.
To me, this particular mare doesn't have the conformation to be a WW horse.

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-02-2012, 01:26 PM
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If your budget is $2000.00, I bet you can find yourself a nice stock breed horse as a prospect that will fit you needs. This is a cute mare, but not really a Western type.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-02-2012, 03:34 PM
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I think you would be better off looking at horses at least trained in wp. When a person has a specific discipline in mind they are far better off getting a horse that already trained to some degree than finding a more affordable horse and having to retrain it.

The horse looks nice but I don't think she'd suit your needs. Don't give up hope!
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