Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
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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