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LouieThePalomino 02-25-2013 11:24 AM

Would this be a good first horse?
 
''Reg. Paso Fino mare 12 yrs. old, great trail horse , very smooth, UTD on vaccines, coggins, teeth, and feet. Can do anything to this little mare. Awesome on the trails , price does not reflect her worth. Come ride her and check her out. Located 4 miles from the Villages. Please call with any questions. If emailing please leave good contact number or I will not respond. This is a great mare and very smooth. She has also had 1 colt that is very handsome and has been shown.''

What do you guys think about her conformation?


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DraftyAiresMum 02-25-2013 11:29 AM

I like her. A few minor flaws, but most of them are relatively common in the breed. I'd say go check her out.
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Dustbunny 02-25-2013 11:41 AM

Cute mare. : )
Good first horse for what sort of human? And for what purpose? And what experience level? All important factors for both horse and rider.

GamingGrrl 02-25-2013 11:45 AM

She's pretty well put together and is cute as a button, but without seeing the horse in person it's hard to say. I say that you check her out and test ride her.

Also: always remember to get a Pre-purchase Exam from a vet! :-)
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LouieThePalomino 02-25-2013 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Dustbunny (Post 1911063)
Cute mare. : )
Good first horse for what sort of human? And for what purpose? And what experience level? All important factors for both horse and rider.

I've been riding for a year now and I have a pretty good seat and I'm riding western. I ride trails 3-4 times a day on Saturdays and Sundays. I'm not really sure about my expirience level, but I've ridden more than 100 times and I've been working on controlling the horse with my seat and legs versus just the reins.
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LouieThePalomino 02-25-2013 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum (Post 1911037)
I like her. A few minor flaws, but most of them are relatively common in the breed. I'd say go check her out.
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Oh, what are the flaws? Will it make it hard to find a saddle to fit her, ect ...?
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DraftyAiresMum 02-25-2013 03:36 PM

From what I can see, her back is a little long, she's tied in behind the knee, and she might be slightly sickle hocked (hard to tell since she isn't really standing square). None if that will affect saddle fit or useability as a trail horse.
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LouieThePalomino 02-25-2013 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum (Post 1911443)
From what I can see, her back is a little long, she's tied in behind the knee, and she might be slightly sickle hocked (hard to tell since she isn't really standing square). None if that will affect saddle fit or useability as a trail horse.
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Ok thank you so much!
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bbsmfg3 02-25-2013 04:45 PM

A great big !!!!BE CAREFUL!!!!!. Riding for only a year, will net prepare you for riding something that MIGHT be hot blooded.

If she should get excited, like many of these Pasos can, and you get up tight, it's a train wreck waiting to happen.

I'd sure recommend an experienced rider, that you trust, rider her first and give you an opinion before you try. The experienced rider needs to be someone other than the owner.

As for conformation. Gaited horse are supposed to be slightly sickle hocked, if they are not, they are poorly conformed. I don't know that her back is too long, I'd rather say her legs might be a bit short, but that hurts nothing. If they are short backed and long legged they have a tendency to forge. This girl shouldn't have that problem. I don't see anything wrong with her knees. I'd like to see her neck set just a little higher on her shoulders, and see more slope to the shoulders.

Dustbunny 02-25-2013 05:48 PM

Louie...I didn't know if she would be for an adult, or young person and experienced or a green-pea.
There are a lot of people who love the Paso types. One thing to consider would be who your riding partners will be. Some of the gaited breeds travel at a different pace than other breeds...I ride a Paint and had a difficult time riding with a friend on a Walker. It would be a good idea to take someone with you who is familiar with this breed if you can.
It's exciting looking for a horse but a little overwhelming too at times. Good luck and happy trails!


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