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post #1 of 26 Old 09-23-2010, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow Possible New Horse! Opinions?

Okay, so I've been looking for a horse that is broke but may need a tune up or more work for a few months. I came across this big guy a little while ago on Craigslist. He's a 16.1 Belgian/Morgan cross. He's sorrel, with 2 white socks on his hind legs, and plenty of mane and tail.

He was previously neglected and his current owner said he was abandoned in a pasture underweight and sporting 13 inch hooves! He has never been lame, or had diseases. Great with Farrier, shots, and baths. He was being ridden by a 13 year old 4Her before she lost interest in him and has been a pasture puff for a while. He apparently wears regular size tack too.
I have only one concern and that is that my 2 and a half year old colt may not like him. I had 2 mares here when my colt came home and they bossed him around. He was always chewing and being submissive and they were Welsh and Icelandic. Now that he's bigger and still not gelded, will he have problems with this older gelding? Will he be territorial? I know there's no way to tell for sure, but I don't know if there's any difference between a gelding and a colt or 2 geldings, but opinions would be appreciated.
As for the new guy, here's the only 2 pictures his owner had of him. Let me know what you guys think.

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post #2 of 26 Old 09-24-2010, 07:57 AM
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personally I think he's beautiful =)
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new guy ok with colt?

I think he looks cute. Might be a challenge to fit his back thoug. Big barrel but also some real whithers, too.
My limited experience with drafts, draft crosses is that they are often the dominant horse in the field. (our herd is so). And , due to their size, they don't have to reinforce their dominance much so make good , peaceful leaders. Might be the total oposite tho. No real way to know, is there.

Has he been alone for a long time? If not, where does he stand in his current herd and how does maintain that?
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He's not a bad looking boy. Could certainly use some work to build up some muscle but the only thing that is really glaringly obvious about him from what I can see in those pictures is that he has a roach back. That will make comfortable saddle fitting a bit more difficult.

As for how he will get along with your colt...... I'm sure they will be fine. IME, drafts fit in the pecking order just like any other horse. My boy John (percheron) is among the top of the pecking order, the only one above him is my 14.3 Mustang. Bessie (belgian), however, is at the very bottom of the totem pole and is always being bossed around. If this guy is a dominant personality, then he will likely put your colt in his place and move on. If he is a submissive personality, then he will likely accept the colt as herd leader and move on.

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Beautiful guy.

The question is (a) why do you need another horse? And (b) what will you use him for? Haha I'm not trying to come across as argumentative, these are just questions I find useful to ask myself when horse shopping. List your needs, then list his abilities and needs. Good luck!
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Make sure you have a vet clear him. He is a pretty horse.
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He's not a bad looking boy. Could certainly use some work to build up some muscle but the only thing that is really glaringly obvious about him from what I can see in those pictures is that he has a roach back. That will make comfortable saddle fitting a bit more difficult.

As for how he will get along with your colt...... I'm sure they will be fine. IME, drafts fit in the pecking order just like any other horse. My boy John (percheron) is among the top of the pecking order, the only one above him is my 14.3 Mustang. Bessie (belgian), however, is at the very bottom of the totem pole and is always being bossed around. If this guy is a dominant personality, then he will likely put your colt in his place and move on. If he is a submissive personality, then he will likely accept the colt as herd leader and move on.
Yeah, I noticed that too. He definitely has some whithers on him. Yeah, he could definitely use some work, build up that hind end a little. I've never had a horse with a roached back though, is it THAT hard to fit a saddle? I mean if he has an awesome personality and a clear bill of health, I wouldn't want to pass him up because it took extra work finding the right saddle, but not if it causes him back problems or something down the road and/or a ton of money.

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he's got one ugly back, terrible croup. That seems to be it though, what are you looking for? And how much are they wanting for him?

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hes got one ugly back, terrible croup. That seems to be it though, what are you looking for? And how much are they wanting for him?
Just a pleasure, trail, beach horse to ride and work with. Nothing fancy, and she's asking $400.00.

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I like him. He is sturdy looking. As far as the roach back its usually able to fit them...it just may take some time. As far as the 'he wears normal size horse tack' I betcha he doesnt. Rosie (avatar) was being ridden in hormal horse tack. Sure, you can toss up a FQHB saddle on her, cinch it down and ride off. She would tell you other wise. Does it fit? Oh Hells No. Some people are just more aware of saddle fit than others. By looking at him I would think saddle fitting would be your most difficult part.

Good luck with him. I think he's cute.
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