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Equine Savvy 02-21-2010 10:20 PM

I'd like to know what you guys think about...
I am considering buying a horse between six and ten year old and between 2nd and 4th level in dressage. This horse would be shown next year in Junior Young Riders by a fourteen-year old. Which one seems more suitable in your opinion?

High Five
Seven years old
Sixteen hands
3rd Level


3rd Level

I know a video can't tell me half of what I need to know, but it is a start. Thanks. =)

charlicata 02-21-2010 10:32 PM

I'm not a dressage person, but I personally like the way that Ravelisko moves better than High Five.

~*~anebel~*~ 02-22-2010 10:40 AM

You really have to be careful when you are buying a horse for a kid. Make sure it is safe safe safe!!
High Five is young, not going in the double, doesn't collect properly and looks like he is bullying his rider around, especially in the contact. He is a 2003?? Like my boy, they are in a really delicate part of their training at this point. They are learning so much about collection and their bodies are changing so much that to put a kid on the horse is asking for trouble. I would pass on this horse and leave it for a professional, unless you are working very closely with a very good coach and trainer that can ride the horse at least 2 times a week and have your daughter in a lesson every other day.
Ravelisko is much older, so you are playing with fire a bit in the soundness department. BUT I think this horse is waaaay more suitable for a junior. He is going in the double already, and does all his tricks without fuss although he is way less flashy about it. He is content in his work and knows his job. He is trotting around like a pony club horse but I imagine if you get an effective rider on him, he could have legs flying all over the place.

I would go with Ravelisko on the condition that he passes a PPE with an FEI veterinarian. I would also recommend looking for nothing younger than 8 (2002). And it always helps to have an experienced broker, or your coach at least helping you look for a horse. Also remember if something seems fishy, it is fishy and just walk away. If anyone tries to pressure you into a sale, walk away.

Good luck!

Equine Savvy 02-23-2010 09:18 PM

Thank you both =) . I am not really worried about the horse being safe, because this girl has broken seven fiery horses to ride and is better than some adults at handling horses under saddle. I am still not sure... I am actually leaning towards high five because I think he will be able to go farther, being young, while the other is 12. Thanks again. =D

Allison Finch 02-23-2010 09:57 PM

I like the first horse better. He is showing some greeness, especially in his canter work. I like the way he carries himself better.

The second horse looks too heavy in the riders hands. He seems to be leaning on the rider. He breaks too far behind the poll and is very the poll low. When the rider is right in front of the camera, you can see how much strength is behind the contact.

While the first horse is building a bit with the 10 year old, he shows that he is willing to work without a strong rider.

While both hoses are behind the vertical more than I would like, The first horse seems to carry himself better.

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