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post #1 of 40 Old 10-16-2019, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm currently looking at horses and I came along this little cute paint. So his owner sent me photos and his back doesn't look so hot. A little bit about him, he is a 7yr old and has been trail riding everywhere, but has been completely off riding for about 8-9 months so totally out of shape. I know it would take a bit to get him back working, but should I buy him? Im bad at knowing what "good" conformation is so looking for some insight. These are all the photos I have of him currently. Will get better ones on Sat.
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post #2 of 40 Old 10-16-2019, 02:44 PM
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It is hard to really have any opinion on conformation through these photos - they need to be re-taken, there is a post on how to take proper conformation pictures! :)

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post #3 of 40 Old 10-16-2019, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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It is hard to really have any opinion on conformation through these photos - they need to be re-taken, there is a post on how to take proper conformation pictures! :)
I knew they weren't great. Just cant get out to see the horse until the weekend so figured id send what i have, but going to take some proper ones myself.
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post #4 of 40 Old 10-16-2019, 03:44 PM
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I know he is butt high but the pictures are taken at a terrible angle to tell the truth about how much and how it affects the rest of him...
Agree, new pictures are needed taken on level ground that is a hard surface and preferably with a solid dark background so the white pattern of his coat not distract nor get hidden information shared...
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post #5 of 40 Old 10-16-2019, 03:58 PM
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Are you planning on a PPE?
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post #6 of 40 Old 10-16-2019, 04:00 PM
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I think his color and pattern make it look worse than it is.
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post #7 of 40 Old 10-16-2019, 04:13 PM
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The horse has a very downhill oriented body. This is not so rare. I don't see other issues. In a western saddle, one doesn't notice the downhill feel, but in an English saddle, it can be uncomfortable for the rider and make collecting the horse hard.
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post #8 of 40 Old 10-16-2019, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Are you planning on a PPE?
Yep, will be getting one. I hope to get some more photos for everyone. Im just worried about purchasing something with overly bad conformation issues had a lot of trouble with my previous gelding with kicking out and other things (long story short turned out to be training issues that we just couldn't over come for some reason and he was just happier as a full time walk/trot trail horse) so im just a bit wary of buying anything really coming off of a not so great experience.
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post #9 of 40 Old 10-16-2019, 05:11 PM
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He looks downhill in the first picture, not so much in the second. I know from taking pictures of my own horses that you can make a horse look really awful by just taking a couple steps left or right, up or down. So I wouldn't read too much into even the downhill appearance until you see him in person.


Other than that, he looks pretty normal.


I will beg to differ tinyliny on the downhill feel.......I can definitely feel that riding western. All I have ever ridden is western and I hate riding a horse that feels downhill. Hurts my back too. It can be made better or worse depending on how the saddle fits. Wide saddle plus downhill horse equals murder on my spine! That's actually one of my biggest Quarter Horse pet peeves.......downhill and also small bones and feet on a LOT of them.


But I won't even say bad things about this pretty Paint because I know how I can take 10 photos and 5 will make my horse look wonky in ways she isn't in real life.
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post #10 of 40 Old 10-16-2019, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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He looks downhill in the first picture, not so much in the second. I know from taking pictures of my own horses that you can make a horse look really awful by just taking a couple steps left or right, up or down. So I wouldn't read too much into even the downhill appearance until you see him in person.


Other than that, he looks pretty normal.


I will beg to differ tinyliny on the downhill feel.......I can definitely feel that riding western. All I have ever ridden is western and I hate riding a horse that feels downhill. Hurts my back too. It can be made better or worse depending on how the saddle fits. Wide saddle plus downhill horse equals murder on my spine! That's actually one of my biggest Quarter Horse pet peeves.......downhill and also small bones and feet on a LOT of them.


But I won't even say bad things about this pretty Paint because I know how I can take 10 photos and 5 will make my horse look wonky in ways she isn't in real life.
I super hope so. He seems like such a sweet horse from what the owner has told me and so so so pretty, he has one blue eye too. I am really excited to see him. I've been having a rough time since I sold my previous gelding, but he went to the perfect home so just hoping I can find mine, but I don't want to jump into anything too quickly. I am having my farrier take a look at him, as well as my trainer and then a vet.
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