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  • Is 5000 too much to pay for a pleasure horse

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    06-01-2012, 10:49 PM
5000. Opinion on price?
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    06-03-2012, 07:55 AM
I think something you should consider when you go check him out is that he is behind the vertical (overbridled) and it appears from the videos that the riders are trying to control the speed he travels with their hands. In Western Pleasure the horse should be relaxed with a level poll and vertical face so riding him with their hands instead of seat, legs, and hands has made him look like a poor Western Pleasure Prospect. If you can see him rode on a loose rein when you go see him (with some drape) and he maintains a consistent speed the correction will not be as difficult to fix. If he speeds up on a loose rein you will have your hands full if you purchase him as he will have to go back to basics.
That being said he seems to be a decent looking horse. I have no idea what you pay for Quarter Horses in Australia so I can say what I think about price other than if he was in Canada he would be worth about $1800 to 2500 no more. Our dollar is very close to yours in value. Again.... I have no idea what the market is like in your country so I am not suggesting that is what you pay, just what his calbre of horse would be worth here in Canada. Best of Luck with him.
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    06-03-2012, 10:21 AM
IMHO, I don't think he is worth whats the asking. Hasn't been shown, and needs some work. Unless he had good breeding, I would pass.
    06-04-2012, 01:20 PM
What age? Once he learns to go on a drape he could be a good open show horse. And in US dollar 5000 is maybe too much... I'd buy him at 3000.
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    06-04-2012, 05:59 PM
Agree with Annie...this horse is being held back and not being given the benefit of the doubt as to whether he can go WP slow and true because the rider is AWFUL busy up there. With a WP horse, you don't have to do all that. You train the horse right, provided the horse IS a WP candidate to begin with, you pitch the reins and maintain with leg...and the horse does it's thing correctly using it's body. THAT'S a WP horse, not a horse that needs so much interference all the time from the rider.
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    08-05-2012, 11:15 PM
He seems like he has some head issues? She seems to be trying so hard to set his head low that he isn't in contact with the bit anymore.
    08-06-2012, 12:46 AM
Originally Posted by DejaVu    
Are you planning on showing?

Judging by the video, he has natural gaits, but due to some rider error, his head is often behind the vertical, causing him to move in an up and down choppy manner, vs. long, low and smooth.
If he was ridden in a way that encouraged him to stretch down through is topline, instead of cranking his head back, he'd look really nice.

Once she let him have his head, especially at the lope, he smoothed out and looked like a pretty nice ride.

He's not super major WP caliber, but he looks like he could be a fun one to play around with at a local level.
Agree Horse has potential. He is travelling very often behind the vertical just need to drive him more forward & stretch out his movement.

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