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post #1 of 14 Old 11-05-2013, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think of him?

So, you know, who can resist hypothetical horse shopping? (not me, lol)

What do you guys think of this Appy gelding....he kind of caught my eye. How's his conformation (something looks off in the back end to me- wasp waist?) Is he fairly priced? What would he be good for? Do you like him overall?

Be as harsh as you want...we all have our own opinions!

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post #2 of 14 Old 11-07-2013, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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C'mon guys...indulge me :)
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-07-2013, 09:58 PM
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I like him. He seems to be able to do a lot and seems fun and safe. Pretty too!
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-07-2013, 10:10 PM
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He looks calf kneed and don't care for his conformation sounds nice but I personally would buy him confo isnt great.
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-08-2013, 12:24 AM
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Yeah I don't particularly like his front feet.. or his hind end. However it appears he's sound for riding. If he's what you're looking for take conformation into account but don't base your purchase on it.

I bought a horse with a few faults, pigeon toed, splints, a little dippy back, but he is perfect for me in other ways. I'd trade good conformation for a safe and suitable horse - which can be hard to find.

Go try and ride and see what you think.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-08-2013, 12:36 AM
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Beautiful, but something about his conformation just looks strange, but I do love him. No horse is perfect
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-08-2013, 06:22 AM
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The last horse I bought has some conformation issues, but she was sound under saddle & felt solid, & I'm just trail riding in the neighborhood, but despite her being quite gorgeous(dappled buckskin) I paid very little for her. That makes a difference-just don't have the $$ to always get a "perfect" horse.
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-08-2013, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I didn't notice the calf knees. I have heard a lot of bad things about calf kneed horses...i.e. don't stay sound, cannot be worked hard, should not be jumping, don't stay suitable for riding long, bone chips, etc, etc. Would you buy a calf kneed horse or is this fault too big to be overlooked?
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-08-2013, 06:09 PM
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Make this horse a plain color and I can guarantee you wouldn't have looked twice at him.

He's got a long back, very weak hind end, looks like he may have a bit of a hunter's bump, he's over at the knee, tied in behind the knee, fairly upright shoulder and his front hooves look too tall (like he's got stacked heels). His front end and back end look like they belong on different horses and his long weak back just adds to that. He also looks like he might be slightly sickle hocked.

His biggest fault, IMPO, is that long back.

And at $6,000, at least around here, you'd be paying solely for his color. There are finished roping horses that are earning rodeo money being sold for half what he's listed at. (In my area, anything that's not a roping or barrel horse goes for a pittance...roping and barrels is where the money is at around here).
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-08-2013, 06:11 PM
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Random, but I use the same saddle that is being used where the girl is standing on his back hehehe. I think his colors are beautiful, though I don't know much about conformation just yet :P
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