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post #1 of 24 Old 10-22-2010, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question about a horse (for a friend)

*For a friend of mine who is looking for a Dressage prospect* What do you guys think of this horse? (I know what I think) Since he is a yearling what faults will change and what ones are likely to stay? He is an AndalusianXMorgan.

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post #2 of 24 Old 10-22-2010, 07:20 PM
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The colt's neck is put on kind of wierd, but I don't know if that will disappear as he matures. His back seems long, too. Actually, I don't know a lot about judging yearlings.
However, you could look up his dam and sire and get a good idea from photos of them.

Both Andalusians and Morgans can be very sensitive horses and have the reputation for being , shall we say, stubborn? Can your friend wait the 2 more years until the colt can begin dressage training?
What do you see in this fellow?
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post #3 of 24 Old 10-22-2010, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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She has other horses. She's pretty stubborn about getting a yearling. Well...I think he's ugly as sin. I'm just not sure if he'll grow out of the things I consider ugly. Like his chest, withers, front legs, neck and back. I told her that and now she's all offended that I don't like him but in a friendly sort of laugh it off offended way.

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Agreed that he is ugly, and I don't know enough about little ones to know what he will grow out of or into.
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post #5 of 24 Old 10-22-2010, 11:43 PM
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I don't like him, something just looks off
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post #6 of 24 Old 10-23-2010, 12:33 AM
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While judging the youngsters, its hard to really point things out because sometimes some flaws grow out. This fella has way too much going on to consider him for extensive work like dressage.

He has very long pasterns. To me, that translates to lack of agility.

He has a pretty steep shoulder angle. I keep looking at it trying to decide if it would look better or worse if his head wasn't cranked up giraffe style. Either way, he probably wouldnt want to be anything you would want to do a sit-trot on!

To me, his worst flaw is his back. He is so long, he looks like two different horses cut in half and put back together. That will be a weakness for him later in life.

His chest looks very off. Kind of pigeon chesty. I think that may relate to some restricted movement later in life...or it could just make him ugly.

I hate putting down horses, he could turn out to be a great horse. I just find him too conformationally flawed to be considered for high stress riding.
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post #7 of 24 Old 10-23-2010, 01:56 AM
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It would help if his halter wasn't 2 sizes too big for his face, but he's got an incredibly scrawny neck, and while that may bulk up a bit with work, it just seems like its very weak where it ties into his head. He definitely has a crappy shoulder angle, and that won't change as he grows, to me he looks like he's got a very big back end, and a very weak front end, which does not make for a great horse for any discipline. As yearlings go, I expect to see lots of leg, and not quite so much body, as they are still growing, but he's got short little legs, and a big body, and while he might thicken up a bit as his bones solidify in his knees and stuff, I think that he's going to be prone to leg injuries. I personally wouldn't buy him to be my next dressage show prospect, though he'd probably make a nice little trail horse or something.
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post #8 of 24 Old 10-23-2010, 02:19 AM
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Is he cheap or something? I don't like his conformation at all. Can't really tell by the picture because of his draft-horse-halter () but he looks like of ewe-necked. It's hard to judge him accurately because he's a yearling, regardless.

I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
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post #9 of 24 Old 10-23-2010, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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They are asking $3500 for him. I sent her this link. : /

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post #10 of 24 Old 10-23-2010, 02:13 PM
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He looks more like a chicken right now. But until hes all grown up, there is no knowing for sure.
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