Critique possible horses please!
I'm just going to put the link here for the page:
Looking for a Home
Scroll down and critique the chestnut named Roman and the bay horse underneath him named Jack. These are two possible horses, I emailed the woman today about them! I would like critique more particularly to Jack as he sparks my interest a little bit more than Roman. But I am going to give both of them a shot!
Roman has lovely legs, nice low hocks and knees. He looks a bit narrow through the chest, and a touch wasp waisted, but that could be due to him being in racing condition rather than riding condition. Most TBs look a bit waspish and slim on the track.
Jack has legs that would make me hesitate to buy him. His pasterns are extremely sloped, which could impact his soundness in the long run. He is also quite posty behind, making his hinds not as strong as they could be. He does have a lovely deep girth though.
I do love Roman's legs, and they do say that his last race was on 5/2, so that's probably why he looks a bit narrow in the chest. Thanks for your critique!
If I were tossing up between the two, I could pick Roman. Legs can't be changed.
It depends on what you want to do. If you want a trail buddy and easy going all around for local shows, I'd pick Jack. I wonder why he never raced, he sure has a nice pedigree. I'm no expert but if you're not eventing or anything, I think his confirmation is probably fine.
If you want to do competition, then it looks like Roman has the temperment. I wonder if he needs surgery for the bone chip though. I would sure have him vetted before committing to him. Roman looks "hot" and I also read that into his write up. He probaby would not be as happy being a trail buddy and local all arounder.
If it were me, I'd take Jack, 100%.
I would like to get Roman vetted if I decided to go with him. The bone chip concerns me too, because the barn he would probably (like 90%) be boarded at does A and AA rated shows. They have at least 40 rated shows held at the barn and I'd like to do some with my own horse, as well as traveling competitions. So for that, I could definitely see Roman being the competition horse, and Jack being the easy-going, local show, and trail horse. Plus I don't want to end up getting Roman then finding out that my parents need to fork out a good bit of money to get him surgery. Or find out that in a few months he isn't sound and won't be able to do anything but be a pasture pet :?
I do like Jack too, though. He seems like the more laid back type, you can definitely tell the difference in personality between him and Roman. I'm hoping for a reply from the woman campaigning them tomorrow and looking forward to getting more info on them and going to see them both.
If you are jumping I would not gamble with the knee chip, poor guy, that could be his "undoing" He would be better for flat work where he would not have the
stress on his knee from jumping. both are very pretty.
@Stevenson-the bone chip definitely concerns me, like I stated in my previous post. I'm not ruling Jack out, but what Chiilaa said about the sloped pasterns and how they could affect his soundness in the future concerns me too. I don't want Roman nor Jack to have lameness/soundness issues in the future that could impact what I want to do with a horse. Plus I would feel awful for using them for competition (even local/schooling shows) and ending up having them go lame or unsound :\
Roman's wasp waistedness turned me off. It almost looks like he's two different horses, from the front half to back. But, Jack moved with a faint hint of a head bob, and his reluctance to move forward made me wonder about him.
I really like Petal!
It says under Jacks name, 'Found a Home', so I don't think he's available :\
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