Murray -TB/QH Grade Gelding-Possible Buy
Today, after rough traffic and stuff, we arrived at the place of Murray, the possible horse I'm looking at. He was already tacked up, a western saddle with 2 thick saddle pads, and wearing his halter. My instructor did all the talking, and I was out of questions when it was my turn! Sue had asked everything we had talked about and Owner Susie was very friendly and answered everything. We inspected him and he was pretty much calm at everything. Mainly, was more interested in the grass than what was going on, but he did smell me a few times.
All-around, I think he looked pretty good. Then I got the offer to ride him. Stupidly, I had left my boots and helmet at the barn. >.< So I rode in my skateboard shoes. My sister took some pictures. I should have taught her how to change it to video so I could get some live-action, but oh well. Anyways, he was great. Resistant to my leg aids a bit and I was told the Owner Susie rode him in slacker reins. So slacker reins and was responding nicely. Over all, he was good, aside from the bugs annoying him, and having someone else ride him (He had that, "oh new rider? new aids?" thing). I was told later, that Owner Susie rides with her voice.
Only one problem arose: bridling him. He must have (as Owner Susie told us) been disciplined with an ear twitch as he lifts his head really high. It took maybe, 5 or so minutes to bridle him. I did it mostly by myself, but he can sure lift his head. Sue tired flipping his ears under and over for me, as Owner Susie held his lead and talked to him. Aside from that bit, I think he's a great horse.
I have the option of taking him on a month's trial but I have to act quick as they are leaving for vacation tomorrow and wont be back for 2 weeks. Sue said she has no problem having him at the barn as it will of course be a test to see how he will react. And, a pre-owner thing for me.
Quick info about him then you can critique him and I. =]
Age: 11 y/o
Breed: TB/QH Grade
Temp: I'd say 5 or 4, really friendly and calm.
Really like this picture.
He was bulging out and resianting my leg. So I used an open-rein.
This was a light trot we did. I think.
I was talking to my sister and making him stop and stand.
Standing square! He looks really great here.
EDIT TO ADD:
Body Shot. Sorry for the bad angle. My sis didn't know when I said his profile.
Is he sway backed? Did you see him without a saddle on him? Sometimes when an owner has him already saddled they're just being nice, other times, they're hiding something. Did anyone ask why he needed 2 pads?
i think he looks good.
But why is there a curb chain on a what looks like a snaffle bit?
And it's soo loose it doesn't look like it's doing much of anything.
I don't see high withers....Maybe he has a back problem? Or maybe they're just being over cautious with him. I don't mean to be negative, I shop for lots of horses and I've learned to be very critical.
If you really like him I'd mention the double pad to the vet and see if the vet thinks there's back soreness or whatever that would cause that. I also see that he is camped out behind in the picture where he's pretty square. That could be a problem depending on what you're wanting to do with him.
More from me! He also looks slightly cow-hocked and he has a pretty straight shoulder. His hip is pretty good for a TB, and his head is very cute. He has nice front legs from what I can tell from the pics, a pretty long back which is typical of a TB and a nice length to his neck.
The bridle thing...no idea. How long have these people had him and what bridle to they use with him? That looks like their threw it together to show him to you.
Lol, I don't mind!
Owner Susie had him over 1 year. No idea on the curb chain. It's what Susie rides him in. But thanks for pointing out his standing. Didn't think of that. >.<
And yes, I'll mention the double saddle pad to the vet. I did run my hands over his back a few times, and he didn't flinch or anything. More interested in the grass.
He looks pretty good. ;) That bridle thing is pretty weird to me too... :?
Bit cowhocked, but otherwise I don't see a lot of flaws. ;)
I'm going to take a guess about the curb chain. I know of several people who use them on loose ring snaffles to keep them from going through the horses mouth. This one is way to loose too keep that from happening, and with a D-ring I doubt that it would anyway.;)
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