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post #31 of 47 Old 02-17-2015, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Everything is helpful - thank you.
So, we've decided to at least take another look next week.

I do keep looking at the photos and video I have, though, and am wondering about her build... Her hips look a bit "tilted in"... hind feet tucked under just a bit (and her back pretty short). Not a problem if it's within tolerances for her breed - I'm just trying to get educated. What do you all see - reasonable? I'm not looking for perfection, but am looking for honest input. Like I said in my original post, I'm drawn by her temperament more than appearance... but I do think she has a pretty head and eye... and I do like dark bay/chocolate/black horses (her papers say black... but I'm not sure what her summer coat will look like). I do want my first horse to be easy on the eye I have to admit -

Thanks so much!
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post #32 of 47 Old 02-17-2015, 03:43 PM
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You might post a thread in the critique section for that.

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post #33 of 47 Old 02-17-2015, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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You might post a thread in the critique section for that.
Good idea - yes thanks... learning my way around here.
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post #34 of 47 Old 02-17-2015, 04:12 PM
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Just about any horse we get is a crap shoot. The best conformation can still result in a horse you can't ride, we all hear stories about the horse that looked terrible but competed into early age. Definitely post her in the conformation section, keep looking, try her again, it's what we all do.
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post #35 of 47 Old 02-17-2015, 08:44 PM
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am wondering about her build... Her hips look a bit "tilted in"... hind feet tucked under just a bit (and her back pretty short).
When you do your pre-purchase exam -- and don't skip this!! -- talk to your vet about these concerns. Let the vet know how hard (or easy) you intend to ride her and doing what. He or she will tell you whether she is built for that work.

Remember you are not schooling for the Olympics. (I assume) you will not be doing speed events, stadium jumping, or endurance rides. If she is going to be mainly a pet who is going to get a lot of loving and short, low key rides, that is a factor in how "perfect" her conformation needs to be.
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post #36 of 47 Old 02-19-2015, 05:39 PM
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Yes, good point about gaited riding with non-gaited.... That's the kind of thing I really need advice on. I asked my friend about that, and she said her Paso learned to cope :)
She rides an appaloosa with a good fast walk (currently she's the one leaving me in the dust)... but truly I don't know how that would work out? Her horse is about 15.2 with a nice long stride. This one is 14.2 at most. Don't know if that makes enough difference though. (btw, I am 5' tall and have found that to be a really comfortable ht horse for me).

As to weight, yes she looks fine to me! in person, though, there was apparently a little something (I think the woolly-bear coat hides it a bit)...
just saw the 'needing muscle' post above - yes, that was likely what she meant, and I probably misinterpreted the comment.

I'm really appreciating the encouragement - and any honest evaluations and comments. I want to get this right.
As a non gaited girl with two gaited horses they are not faster.

Training and temperament dictate speed, obviously other things effect it but I don't understand why so many people have trouble just walking down the trail.

Can't tell much on her build, she looks a tad odd in the unsaddled pic (looks like a yearling!) but she looks JUST like a mare another member just purchased and I have the same question that I had for that member: what type of bit is that? Looks like the mouthpiece is twisted wire or something?

The question is why a quiet beginner's mare has a bit like that.

I'm thinking you keep on coming back to her for a reason.
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post #37 of 47 Old 02-19-2015, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmm - twisted wire? it didn't look like wire in person. I know so little about bits, but I thought my friend just called it a snaffle. She didn't need a lot of pressure on it, and didn't seem to fight it at all...

I know - that unsaddled pic is kind of strange. I think it's just because of the camera angle, but I see it too. She has a short back compared to QH's I'm used to seeing.

I have a very amateur video I would be glad to email anyone who would be willing to take a look. I don't want to post it on YouTube etc because it isn't of me riding.
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post #38 of 47 Old 02-19-2015, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking you keep on coming back to her for a reason.
After trying half a dozen horses that sounded great (even "dead broke" horses word of mouth... friend-of-a-friend), and all of them being a real handful - I do keep going back to her. She seemed unflappable, stood to be tacked and for mounting, etc... and rode off with no drama. She was quietly friendly, and seemed to like people - very subtle not pushy.

I have to admit I would LOVE to see a QU with the same attributes... and trained western (neck, etc). Then I could truly compare.

** I've seen some really nice horses, and I don't doubt that they were at one time as good as described. it just seems they are only for sale because they are no longer being ridden... so have a year or two with very little riding in their recent history. Several of the owners were truly surprised at how rusty they were acting - then would do the math and realize there was a reason.
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Just buy the horse YOU want. If she has everything you want (in a logical AND emotional way) aside from neckreining, which is so basic and simple to change, go for it!

This is a twisted wire snaffle ;)


This is what is typically just called "snaffle" (though both ARE snaffles)


As you can imagine one does NOT function like the other. (OK well they do function the same, but you get what I mean.)

Some people put it on for some random reason. If she's light in it and you don't need to use it no worries. The problem is if it is used as a bandaid.

I would try her out with the bit you are going to use for her. The second one I posted may be a good choice.

If you look where the end of the mouthpiece joins the ring the bit in her mouth has the look of a wire bit.
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post #40 of 47 Old 02-20-2015, 07:41 AM
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Just buy the horse YOU want. If she has everything you want (in a logical AND emotional way) aside from neckreining, which is so basic and simple to change, go for it!
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I would try her out with the bit you are going to use for her. The second one I posted may be a good choice.
Agreed. Sometimes somebody trains in a horse with a bit bc:
1) They need it for control initially
2) THAT's the bit that they own
Try her with a smooth mouthpiece snaffle. They are REALLY cheap, and you can pick up one at any farm supply store for less than $25.00
Most people have this bit in their tack room.
You HAVE a trainer friend to help you, so I say buy her.
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