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post #1 of 13 Old 06-08-2014, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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A good beginner horse?

I found this guy on craigslist, here's the link http://cnj.craigslist.org/grd/4477364812.html
If y'all could just give your thoughts on conformation/critique. Also if it sounds like a good first horse. I am a confident beginner rider, and plan on taking weekly lessons. Thanks!
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-08-2014, 09:45 PM
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He's standing REALLY awkwardly in that first photo. I mean REALLY.

Can't critique from the pics provided, really. But something about his build just seems...off.

And I would be hesitant believing that any 5yo could be beginner safe. My 5yo is the mellowest horse I know and I still wouldn't call him "beginner safe."

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He's standing REALLY awkwardly in that first photo. I mean REALLY.

Can't critique from the pics provided, really. But something about his build just seems...off.
Yeah that's what I thought! Thank you tho
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That horse is very goose rumped, but being thin, lackluster in coat when it's the time of year all horses are shiny, I would say he is either sick or neglected. For $750, it's probably both. I highly doubt that horse is beginner safe once he is in good flesh and healthy.

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What in the hell is wrong with that back right pastern!? Or is that just the photos making it look odd?
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Poor horse is very poorly conformed and the price reflects it, but I really worry what has been done to that animal. The back leg could be camera angle or the poor thing is crippled.
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It looks like the pastern might be dropping (ligament issues?) or the angle of the foot (toes out in back) and lighting is causing it to look that way.

Either way. Pass on this poor soul.
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions! I think I'm going to keep searching and maybe look into leasing
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"needs shoes" is what put me off.

Barefoot is much easier, and cheaper. But there are a LOT of Thoroughbreds out there that simply cannot be without shoes. It wouldn't surprise me if this guy was one of them.

Bad photos aren't an accurate representation of the horse's conformation, so I reserve judgement on that hind pastern. I do agree that it's odd for it to be so sloped and the other slightly upright.

HOWEVER... I have the experience to handle the horse if it loses its brain when it puts weight on.

If I was looking for a beginner-friendly horse, I would NOT look at an underweight horse. Ever.
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It looks like the pastern might be dropping (ligament issues?) or the angle of the foot (toes out in back) and lighting is causing it to look that way.

Either way. Pass on this poor soul.
I don't think it's just the lighting because the pastern looks severely dropped in both pics.

Poor guy.

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