Potential buy - WB x TB Please Critique
I'm going to look at this boy on the weekend & would like to know what you guys think.
He's a 3 year old Warmblood x TB, 16.2hh. Was broken in last December & has been turfed out to grow since then.
This is the only confo shot of him:
Plans are dressage & eventing, no goals to go right to the top, but would like to get beyond the lower levels.
Things I like from the photo are (correct me if I'm wrong) his level build, good bone, big hip, looks like he has a reasonable strong loin & from what I can tell, good angles in his back legs. Neck is average & he has big whithers, but I can live with that& I think weight & muscle will help.
Thanks in advance :)
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Ewe necked and weak backed. Shoulder is insufficient for dressage. Good bone.
This horse will be limited by his conformation.
I copied and pasted the video but cannot see it from the desk top.
Yeah, the back is my main worry, but I thought his shoulder looked ok?
This is the video link, hope it works this time.
And another of him being lunged. If I pause the video right when he trots/canters past the person filming, I can get a better look at him back, and it doesn't seem so "dippy". Ah well, guess I find out when I go and see him on Sunday. There is a small clip at the end where you can get a fairly good look at his confo.
Thanks for the feedback!
Changed computers and now the link is working.
I'm not a huge fan, the Jive Magics can be really stunning, but this guy has picked up a lot of TB traits. That said, as a 3 year old Jive he's likely going through some pretty awkward stages.
I'm not hugely keen on his back but he's got good solid, straight legs, nice angles through the hind limbs and a good sloping shoulder. Neck is set on a bit low but if you work him right the muscle build up with hide that somewhat and shouldn't hinder him *too* much.
He moves alright, not super flashy though which again makes me feel that he's thrown more to the TB side as the Jazz line does tend to be quite 'flashy'.
Now, how confident/experienced a rider are you? Because personally, I wouldn't touch a Jive Magic with a 40ft barge pole, that line is notorious for being very hot and difficult to ride. A lot of professional riders struggle with them.
Just like I would prefer to avoid the Sandro Hits, they are spectacular, but not an easy temperament to cope with for the ammy rider.
Some more pictures:
Thanks Kayty. The little bit looking I did on Google told me the same thing, that many Jive Magic's can be hot and difficult. That said, this one looks pretty relaxed and easy-going in his videos, but I won't know really till I see him on the weekend (the owner did say that despite him being turned out since being broken, other potential riders have ridden him without issue). I can ride a hot horse (my OTTB taught me how) but if he is a hot-head I'll pass him up.
I did notice he looks more TB than WB & he's not real flashy, which isn't a *big* deal for me, I not after a Grand Prix horse, just something sound, athletic and with the potential to get beyond the lower levels and dabble in something a bit more serious.
Well if hes got a good brain and hes sound he will probably be just fine for what you're after. When you try him out, just make sure that you put a bit of pressure on him and see how he reacts. Being a breaker it'll be easy to do, ask him for some leg yield or to come a little rounder - you want him to give it a go, rather than back off and lose his brain.
I actually quite like him despite how awkward he looks right now. He has a great hip and a large hind end, a decent shoulder, and great bone (especially for being only 3). I don't see his neck as an issue. If that video is a representation of how he is normally ridden, that is why his neck looks upside down, with lack of top line muscle. It is thin, but a young horse with a thin next can grow up to have an average size neck that's properly conditioned. It's a little low, which isn't ideal for dressage, but not so low that I think it will hinder him much (like you said, you're looking at lower level stuff, no piaffes for him!), and won't be a problem at all cross country. He has an excellent gallop, and actually a very nice, large trot, especially considering his rider isn't helping him, he's just sitting up there and steering. So far I like him. But I would really like to see him free jumped, over even just some small stuff first before deciding. He doesn't have to be a flashy hunter, but he has to be careful and safe.
ponypile he's a breaker - I don't think he's going to be working round as yet ;)
The neck is set on lower than ideal which can mean that the collected work can become a little tricky, but it would only impact in the higher collected work, and as the OP is wanting to dabble in lower level dressage and eventing I don't think they will encounter any problems with this.
After seeing the videos he needs a LOT of training.. they run him into his next gaits and his downward transistions are ugly. I think he will be difficult to get working round and off his hind quarters but I also think this sort of horse can teach you an awful lot.
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