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post #71 of 303 Old 04-28-2016, 01:18 PM
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Is he that big or are you that tiny?!

I know I'm a little late to the conversation, but I just have to say that even from that one pic, I'm not impressed with him. Not even sure what it is, but he just doesn't look like a nice ride.

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post #72 of 303 Old 04-28-2016, 03:40 PM
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Your daughter has her stirrups pretty long, if she had them at a more GP length she'd look, as one of my friends would say, like a pea on a drum
Keep looking.
A horse that's just a compromise costs just as much to keep and takes just as much effort to care for as the 'right' one
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So I guess some people can see the pics!

Drafty - he's supposed to be QH paint X. But I'm thinking someone jumped a fence somewhere. He is lanky and awkward, definitely. And that's my daughter on him not me :) But she is only about an inch shorter than me!!!

Jaydee - we obviously used the horse owner's tack and the stirrups were on the highest hole and were rolled up! I knew that they were too long, but we really just wanted to get a feel for how tall he would be and how his gaits were. The answer is choppy and lacking fluidity.

Right temperament, wrong body type.

Will keep looking!
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post #74 of 303 Old 04-28-2016, 05:35 PM
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post #75 of 303 Old 04-29-2016, 01:29 AM
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I couldn't see the photos when you first posted them, but now I can, so that's an improvement. Can't say I much care for the horse's aspect though. He looks too clunky.

Have you been in touch with the owner of the bombproof QH?
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post #76 of 303 Old 04-29-2016, 02:50 AM
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Regarding hock arthritis. I have a 16.2 Saddlebred who is about 14 & developed arthritis in the lower hock joints a few years back. He was a former show horse from an early age. He now has those joints fused & is totally sound. I didn't do anything but keep him comfortable & moving on his own.
If it was in the articulating joint the outcome would have been bad. Just a FYI.

I think you're wise to pass on this guy mainly for the stubborn streak. That's a lot of horse for a kid to persuade.
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I couldn't see the photos when you first posted them, but now I can, so that's an improvement. Can't say I much care for the horse's aspect though. He looks too clunky.

Have you been in touch with the owner of the bombproof QH?
I keep calling them and have responded to the ad, but there's no answer. Why would someone put a horse up for sale and not answer their messages? Will keep trying. Maybe they just work really long hours.
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post #78 of 303 Old 04-29-2016, 07:37 PM
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But keep looking, keep your options open
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post #79 of 303 Old 04-29-2016, 08:26 PM
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As far as the gelding goes- there's big then there's big. When a 16.3hh with a lot of leg and big body actually MOVES (he's not in those pictures, and some day, some time, he WILL actually move probably unplanned!) it's a MASSIVE difference to riding an Arab. I'm glad you're passing. He's very average, and does not sounds like a good fit and has a chronic degenerative condition. Just don't think "oh his movement wasn't THAT big" because it very well may be :) Your daughter does not look secure enough for that. It's funny how you get on some horses and they feel tall but some of the taller ones just don't.
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post #80 of 303 Old 04-30-2016, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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So the folks with the kid-safe QH mare who posted an ad on Kijiji are not returning my calls, appear to never be home (I call them at least three times a day at different times) and are not responding to my email.

However, in the meantime, another possibility has come up. Some of you may remember that a while back I asked if a Standardbred would make a good trail horse because there is a rescue not far from here that rehabilitates Standardbreds that don't make it in the racing industry and trains them as saddle horses. So I filled out a form and chatted with the lady that runs it. Sometimes people surrender other horses so they don't just have Standardbreds. This QH gelding turned up. He's 18, but has been used as a trail horse and lesson horse in the past. He hasn't been ridden in two years and is currently overweight and out of shape. However, he appears to be in excellent health. They will work with him to give him a refresher and get him fit. I can visit in the meantime and get to know him. They don't do a PPE, but because of his age, I would require one (at my expense) and would include testing for IR and Cushings. Cute guy. Looks a lot like the QH I had growing up.

These pics are from the previous owner btw. I don't know what he looks like now. But he has a nice build and clearly decent breeding. I assume he'd get back into riding shape pretty quickly.

I also contacted a local stable my daughter used to ride at. The owner is going to look for me. She and her daughter do an excellent job training horses there and I know firsthand that her horses are gentle and responsive, but she generally wants big $$$$ for her horses. But I want to keep options open and see a few horses.
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