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post #1 of 32 Old 08-27-2015, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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Would love your comments on this horse's way of going, conformation, etc

This is a red dun QH I'm probably going to buy. I did a test ride with three other better riders than I am (we all rode her), and it was great, especially considering she's a 4 year old, newly broke horse. She was very forward, but easy to control. Very willing. A little nervous, but that was to be expected. She handled her nerves well. She's trusting of her rider, even when it's a new rider to her. Not once did her head come up or did she give any indication of freaking out. When she got a little too forward, we just put her into circles with gentle direct rein and she calmed right down.

She still has a lot of work to do with her training, and of course I will have a trainer help me with that, but I'd love to get your comments on what you see in these videos, good or bad.

At the point these were taken, she had about 16 rides on her; short sessions, no cantering yet. (She has since started cantering, and I hear it's going very well and she's very enthusiastic about the work.) She has passed a PPE with xrays of her knees (due to a procedure she had done as a filly to make sure her joint grew straight) with flying colors.

Sorry about the quality of the 3rd video. I think you can still see a lot, even though it's not so great (and our commentary is kind of inane!)

Oh, and I have another thread here (link following) asking for help with names, so if you're interested in helping me with that, feel free! https://www.horseforum.com/horse-talk...ed-dun-616073/

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https://youtu.be/Q4t1vFvev1U

https://youtu.be/cTLwoq5ONts

https://youtu.be/389huNM6W3U

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post #2 of 32 Old 08-27-2015, 12:22 PM
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She is cute.

On the lunge line, you can see that she is still pretty unbalanced, especially when she is going faster, she has trouble bending, so the head is pointing out and the hind legs are not in the same track as the front legs. This is also the reason why she breaks the canter.
This is totally normal, she is a young horse and it will get better with more muscle and as she develops better balance. But it would probably be better to lunge her on a larger circle and at a slower pace for now.

Other than that, she looks like a pretty typical QH to me, a bit front heavy.
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post #3 of 32 Old 08-27-2015, 02:52 PM
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She's a pretty little mare and looks/sounds very easy going which is a big positive for you.
She does look unbalanced, rather flat and lacking any elevation in her movement which contributes to that but that's something you'd expect from a young, green horse
She would likely be too low in front for anything but western riding but if that's what you want her for then not a problem
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post #4 of 32 Old 08-27-2015, 03:07 PM
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Just watched the third video. I am not a big fan of how she goes behind the vertical.
Mind you, I'm not a western rider, so training philosophy might be different, but I think this is a horse that should be ridden forward a lot more freely with a softer hand. It is much easier to teach a horse that goes forward in a longer frame to seek contact, than trying to ride a horse that sucks behind the vertical into more contact.

That being said, I think that is mostly a riding/training error and has nothing to do with the quality of the horse.

I think she would make a really cute horse for the western disciplines.
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post #5 of 32 Old 08-27-2015, 03:18 PM
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I know she's newly broke but it's weird that she only felt like loping for not even 1/4 of the circle... it was hard to see how her legs moved in the canter as it uses different muscles than trot...

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She had never loped before with a rider. Whatever loping she's done has only been on a line, and obviously not for long.

Thanks for all your comments. I would buy her specifically for reining (I'm just starting) and trail riding.
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Looks like she has back problems. Probably from doing too many things at a young age like lunging and sitting trot which people think is ok.
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Looks like she has back problems. Probably from doing too many things at a young age like lunging and sitting trot which people think is ok.
What exactly are you seeing that make you think back problems? I see a young, green, unbalanced horse. How do you know that this horse is lunged so heavily to create this problem? I could be wrong, but to me it sounds like this horse was quite recently started, and she's 4 - there's nothing saying that she was lunged heavily or even at all prior. She's not a yearling, and who's to say she isn't lunged lightly a couple times per week? Nothing wrong with that - as well as I see nothing glaringly wrong in the lunge video.
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post #9 of 32 Old 08-27-2015, 10:04 PM
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Her gaits are even and typical of a QH . She is a bit downhill and kind of low set neck. The saddle did not fit and this was being king of chucked around. I think she looks lIke a good prospect with a lot of potential for what you want her for
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post #10 of 32 Old 08-29-2015, 06:19 PM
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This horse needs a home that knows what it's doing. Those videos really made me cringe.

In that home I think this will be a nice little horse.

Maybe not what you want if you want to be doing competitive reining but she is cute, I like her.
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