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post #1 of 7 Old 11-25-2013, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Evaluate eventing prospects

After my last post, I had a mini breakdown over losing Jester and just wasn't ready for another horse. It's been nearly 7 months now and I've been riding some friends' horses and think I'm ready now, so I'm back with more prospects to get opinions on. The 3 I'm looking at are all OTTBs (love them), the mare has had some re-starting and experience at local dressage shows up to training level, but the other 2 have not been restarted. I'm looking to event at the lower levels- I can't imagine ever being able to go over training with 2 kids, husband and FT job.

Pikachu, 2nd horse on the page

1st 9 yr old gelding

Dynamic Dino - 9YO 16.1hh Bay Gelding

2nd 9 yr old gelding
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-25-2013, 11:18 PM
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I did a quick looksee on the 3 you posted.

The Get You gelding is lame. I don't think you want to go there.

The Dynamic Dinosaur gelding is hard to judge with standing wraps on, but looks downhill and has weak gaskins. His shoulder looks steep. But if he is sound after racing until age 9, that counts for something.

The mare gives the impression of grumpiness and maybe laziness in the video, and she hits the standing martingale a lot. Her shoulder angle is steep. Her neck is a bit short. Her hind legs are rather straight. The combination of straight shoulder and hind leg doesn't bode well for athleticism, which you need in eventing. Her canter is a good 3 beat but doesn't feel forward to me. The trot is inverted and needs work on the bit.

I'd try the mare and see how you like her. She is a pretty thing

Also, you might want to post this in Conformation Critique also. Lots of good eyes hang out there, especially Elana. Good luck!
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Thanks, Weezilla. I'm glad you confirmed he is lame- he was sent to me by a friend and that was my first thought, but figured I'd post it anyways, in case I was just seeing things. I think you evaluated the wrong mare- the first one, Kahlua, is wearing a standing martingale. The one I am looking at is the second horse on the page, Picayune "Pikachu". But thanks again!
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-26-2013, 12:42 AM
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Yikes on that Pikachu mare. Nope, nope, nope. Her hind end is a mess, her pelvis looks **** near roached. Very odd hind end.

I like the look of the Dino gelding, but his front legs kind of give me pause. Shark fin withers, not the best shoulder I've seen. But I like him.

Definitely like the black gelding - if he wasn't lame. Looks like something in the left hind IMO.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-26-2013, 02:28 AM
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I agree with what's been said-- in general, none of them quite stand out to me.

So I took a look at some of the other horses in your area category... and I know he doesn't look like anything special in this picture/the photographer didn't do him any justice yanking his neck out, and not spritzing him with some show sheen...

Fleeting Heart - 5YO 16hh Bay Gelding

I had a gut reaction to him, and think with some TLC & muscling he could be a diamond in the rough. I bet you could bargain his price down, too. Just IMHO! No idea why this fugly little guy caught my eye the way he did. ;)
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-24-2013, 02:46 PM
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I like this guy Christmas Holladay - 7YO 16.1hh Bay Gelding or grey TB. I did a quick dream horse search for your areA chestnut TB

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-24-2013, 03:20 PM
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Big no on that Pikachu mare, and I don't even know anything about eventers. She has knees that are so tied in that her legs look deformed.

I'm really liking the Fleeting Heart guy. Nice legs.

Christmas Holladay is decent but has posty back legs.

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