Critique very possible purchase? 6 yo AQHA gelding.
Quarter horse gelding
6 years old
Around 15 hands
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.
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.
Very hard to see the front feet--I hadn't caught that. Otherwise he looks well put together and solid.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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