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post #1 of 38 Old 07-15-2012, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Is she worth a 21 hour drive??

She is about 21 hours away from me in New York. Do you think she would be worth going to see? Do you think she has any potential for improvement? My goal would be to put a little work into her over the winter and show her next summer in local green classes. And the price seems right!

One thing I do know is she is stinking CUTE!!!
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post #3 of 38 Old 07-15-2012, 12:24 AM
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Hi idea but she is really cute haha

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post #4 of 38 Old 07-15-2012, 12:33 AM
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She's nice but I wouldn't drive 21 hours for her...

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 38 Old 07-15-2012, 12:39 AM
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I like her a little. She has a couple little things in her confo that aren't ideal (straighter hocks, long back) but she still looks like a nice enough little ride. Trot might be a bit rough, but that's not uncommon in cow bred horses.

There are a lot of things that can be improved on her if you have the knowledge or budget for more intensive and proper training. Her lead change that they did show looked rather rough (hoppity-skip and really threw her head) and her spins were just...bad. Wrong pivot foot, she looked like she was backing into them and didn't really seem to know where her feet were at. In the circles, she seemed way overbent to me. A good reiner needs to have bend in their body, but they should also be following their nose along the arc. She had her nose way to the inside of the circle and it made her look like she was shouldering out the entire time. They were also right about her stop, it needs quite a bit of work. She's still landing pretty heavy on her front end and it's a 4 footed stop.

Of course, I have no idea how much of that might have been rider error, but....

She looks like she has a lot of potential to improve. She'll probably never be "great", but more than likely she'd do well at the level you're looking for...with the proper training. The main question is whether you think she's worth traveling so far to see a horse that needs so much work. Personally, I wouldn't, but that may just be me.

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post #6 of 38 Old 07-15-2012, 12:47 AM
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*No idea.. not Hi o_O

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I think she is pretty cute & has a good start on her but yes needs more finishing hence I guess why they have her priced lower as not a finished horse.I thought though she would be more advanced than that said she was in training as 2 yr old, just that would make me want a full PPE.How much pro training has she actually had & how much is the owner just been trying to work with her that may be the reason she is not so finished Don't think she stands out that much that i'd be driving that far to check her out I'd be asking for more alot more info,videos & pics first If you are still smitten with her then you can make that decision about travelling.
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post #8 of 38 Old 07-15-2012, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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My budget is pretty tight. I'm actually horse shopping for a friends "spare" horse aka the horse I ride 99.9% of the time. I've been looking for some finished horses and I sadly many of them aren't within my 5-6,000 price range, which I know is VERY tight to begin with. Plus I live on Long Island so as soon as you bring any horse here their price skyrockets. Lol. Hence why I'm looking out of state and unfinished.

I did sent the owners an email stating exactly what I need to do. Hopefully they can send me more pictures and videos too.

I'm also going to have my trainer look at the videos, depending on if my friend likes her. I guess I'll go from there.

Any more opinions are MORE then welcome!

Thanks everyone!
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post #9 of 38 Old 07-15-2012, 07:19 AM
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Remember you'll have to transport her 21 hours, or rather do the journey in legs and have stopovers so it will take a lot longer than that. Could be costly - even if you float her yourselves you'll need to pay board at the stopovers.
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post #10 of 38 Old 07-15-2012, 08:21 AM
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If she was in Missouri, I would have checked her out for you.
But Wisconsin is too far.
If you like her you could pay a reputable person from the area to go look at her for you.
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