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Brindles 04-30-2010 06:24 PM

Critique my new horses, please! :D
Howdy folks! :) First post here, glad to have found this place! :D

My boyfriend and I have just purchased two horses and I would love opinions on them. All my horse experience lies in Hunters and Jumpers, and we just purchased these two from Western people. I know little about the western disciplines but that's how they have both been trained.

Both are mutts, essentially. They are half brother and sister out of the same dam. They are on pasture with a roundbale and not fed grain right now. We are in the deep south and grass is plentiful!

Enough babbling, on to the horses!

Archer, 5.5 year old gelding. 15hh. 850lbs. Not registered. Barefoot. :)

Archer is mostly TWH, with Quarter and a smidge of Appaloosa. He does not gait naturally, but I think he could be taught to. Great temperament. He's a very sweet horse- a little wary of things but tries to be brave. Hard to catch in the pasture without food. Loves trail riding. Very responsive under saddle. Has a lot of "go" and a lot of "whoa." Very green. Picks up his feet, stands still, loads, trailers, bathes. Has not been around clippers but that's a non-issue. Toes out in the front.
  • Which do you think would fit him better, English or Western? I look forward to teaching him to balance and collect himself, and I think he could do well as a hunter. I may teach him to jump small jumps down the road. My boyfriend prefers a Western saddle, and this is his horse. He will do mostly trail riding.
  • How does his weight look?
  • Curiously, how much would you have paid for this horse?
  • Anything else you can think of would be much appreciated. You won't offend me!

Lily, 2.5 year old filly. 14hh. 650lbs. Not registered. Barefoot. :)

Lily is mostly Quarter with a smidge of Appaloosa. Great temperament. Very curious. Not afraid of much. Walks right up to you in the pasture. Picks up her feet, stands still, loads, trailers, bathes. Again, hasn't been around clippers. Toes out in the front. Great on trails. Will accept a rider with no issue but she is not "broke." She's not very responsive. She walks readily, but does not like to trot. Haven't cantered her yet. She is young, so I don't plan to do much other than groundwork with her for another six months or more.
  • Which do you think would fit her better, English or Western? I will ride her in my close contact saddle, but I honestly don't know what I want her to do in the long term. I'd like to teach her basic groundwork, flatwork, and small fences because that's what I'm familiar with.
  • How does her weight look?
  • Do you think she will grow much more? Will her topline level out eventually?
  • Curiously, how much would you have paid for this horse?
  • Again, anything else you can think of would be much appreciated. I promise I won't be offended. :)

Thanks in advance!!

corinowalk 05-01-2010 01:35 PM

I think they are both good looking and pretty well built for 'mutts' lol But I am just the opposite of you. I have most of my experience in western riding (those breeches just never look right on me!) and always look at my horses from a 'western' prospective. Im really big into versatility though. Alot of horses like to do gives them a break from the mundane. I would say the first guy has a more 'western' build to him but all horses can benefit from collection and balance. That little filly is just too stinkin cute too! I would ride her bareback backwards! LOL I think its more about developing a talent than giving a horse a 'catagory' Either way, they are both totally adorable.

Brindles 05-01-2010 06:04 PM

Well thanks very much for your input! I appreciate the compliments. :)

I did the "string test" on my filly and it says she should grow another couple inches. Her mama was 14.2 and her daddy 14.3. But I also did the string test on the gelding and it said he should grow another hand... He's 5.5 years old so I'm not sure how accurate that is. haha.

I do hope the filly's topline will level out though.

About where would you guys price these guys? Just curious.

Strange 05-01-2010 07:16 PM

I prefer the filly more than the gelding, personally. Just a personaly preference, I think she's the better looking horse of the two.

I'd love to see her develop some good flatwork and gain some know-how over fences, I think if she has an affinity for it she'd do well just for the cute factor, especially if she doesn't go over pony size. She sounds like a pretty level headed horse already, so I have a feeling hunters would suit her. From the angle of the picture it's hard to judge her conformation, but from the first picture I just love her face. It's really exquisite.

Brindles 05-02-2010 10:08 AM

Well thank you very much for the compliments on my new girl! :)

I thought I did a decent job on the angle of the photo. What would have made it better?

draftrider 05-02-2010 10:43 AM

Well as far as price goes, around here you can get a nice saddlebroke western trained horse for under 500$. An unbroke 2-3 yr old might sell for about 200$.

Hunter65 05-02-2010 03:38 PM

I love the filly. Can't waitt o see how things go with her. She is the same age as my gelding who isa tad smaller but we are still hoping he grows.

Brindles 05-02-2010 06:01 PM


Originally Posted by Hunter65 (Post 622098)
I love the filly. Can't waitt o see how things go with her. She is the same age as my gelding who isa tad smaller but we are still hoping he grows.

Is that your gelding in your avatar? If so, they could almost be twins! So cute!

I'm just thrilled to be a horse owner again. :)

EventersBabe 05-02-2010 07:27 PM

I love that palomino :)
I have one

warelle007 05-04-2010 03:33 AM

love the colour of the top one, and i LOVE the filly! shes absolutely gorgeous!

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