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Lopin N Paint 07-11-2013 05:28 PM

Critique very possible purchase? 6 yo AQHA gelding.
 
Quarter horse gelding
6 years old
Around 15 hands

Pedigree:
Claritas Decision Quarter Horse

All I want is an old school bred using pony to play around with. This guy needs some work training wise but I'm cool with that. I rode him Wed and I like what I see and think he has some potential if he could get the training he deserves.

I didn't see anything horridly wrong and unfortunately I didn't get better photos.

Does anyone see anything I should be concerned with that really sticks out?
I'm pretty commited to him but the cash is still in my hand :wink:
When/if I get him I can post better photos.

http://imageshack.us/a/img849/5249/cx1z.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img32/7838/9jsd.jpg

smrobs 07-11-2013 05:45 PM

Is he a little pigeon toed or is it just the angle of the picture? That's the only thing that really stuck out to me. He looks like a pretty nice horse with some solid bloodlines. Should make a really nice using pony :D.

Corporal 07-11-2013 05:46 PM

Very hard to see the front feet--I hadn't caught that. Otherwise he looks well put together and solid.

toto 07-11-2013 05:47 PM

In those pictures- the only thing i see thats horribly wrong is hes in a tie down with a barrel racer set up-- i love the hancock lines-he looks real cowy. :thumbsup: id buy him.

Lopin N Paint 07-11-2013 05:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smrobs (Post 3030538)
Is he a little pigeon toed or is it just the angle of the picture? That's the only thing that really stuck out to me. He looks like a pretty nice horse with some solid bloodlines. Should make a really nice using pony :D.

I see what you mean; when I looked him over in person he looked ok, so if he is I doubt it's to the point of being crippling. But I will keep that in mind and check him out again before I hand over the money!

Lopin N Paint 07-11-2013 05:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toto (Post 3030586)
In those pictures- the only thing i see thats horribly wrong is hes in a tie down with a barrel racer set up-- i love the hancock lines-he looks real cowy. :thumbsup: id buy him.

Yah. Keep in mind I did ride him; I'm buying him as a prospect based on built and bloodlines. I'm pretty sure his training needs to be started all over and then some, he for sure needs a training over haul.

He wore a tie down when I rode him. Owner said they use it because he travels with his head up in the air... Need I say more?

I flexed him left and right and he was willing but at the trot he is very stiff. He doesn't really stop well, won't back, and as soon as you ask for vertical flexion he throws his head in the air and avoids it. I work with a trainer and take lessons. I've worked on problem horses in the past and he isn't my first horse. After riding him I'm confident with restarting him he will be fine and is something I can handle.

On the plus side he backs great from the ground using the bit.

They also never had his teeth checked out, so part of his training issues could be teeth and having possible wolf teeth yet?

I'm hoping he's a diamond in the ruff!

Lopin N Paint 07-11-2013 06:00 PM

I did ride him in a snaffle bit too!

For the record I'm not into barrels. I want a horse I can enjoy riding out, and maybe fool with local reining/ cow stuff on a super duper minor very very local level lol.

Dreamcatcher Arabians 07-11-2013 06:10 PM

I would not pay anywhere near what I saw them asking for him in the ad. I wouldn't because of the whole retraining issue. For that amount of money, I'd expect him to drop his head, be supple and to back while mounted at the very least.

I can't comment on his confo in the front because of all the boots, splints and so on.

Skyseternalangel 07-11-2013 06:12 PM

He's built so solidly.. I really like him. Try and get video of how he moves from the front and back to be sure that the 'slight pigeon toe' on the fronts doesn't affect his movement.

Lopin N Paint 07-11-2013 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians (Post 3030778)
I would not pay anywhere near what I saw them asking for him in the ad. I wouldn't because of the whole retraining issue. For that amount of money, I'd expect him to drop his head, be supple and to back while mounted at the very least.

I can't comment on his confo in the front because of all the boots, splints and so on.

Thank you.

The lady that owns him is very nice and really understood what I was talking about when working with him. Therefore I was able to talk her down to a price I can live with. I'm probably still paying on the higher end for him but I'm ok with that. I don't plan on selling him ever, so I'm not worried about resale value exceeding purchase price and training costs :lol:


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