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post #11 of 14 Old 09-29-2017, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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@beau159 I agree with you about that, he does look quite weak in the hindquarters. I am planning to do higher level jumping with my horse.
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Thanks for the help you guys, please continue your advice!
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He's cute - that's about all I can tell you from those pictures. You can tell he has just started his re-training as well.

Just make sure you are 100% honest with yourself when you go look at him. Do you have experience with re-training OTTBs? Some can be like riding an entirely different animal. I know you currently have a trainer & it sounds like you're going to continue lessons. Are you willing to send this horse to training if needed? He might be an easy re-train, he might be difficult. There could be a reason he's been sitting in a pasture since he was 6. Make sure you stay realistic about your goals. If you want to compete in upper level SJ - you don't want a conformation trainwreck or a horse with serious past injuries. Yes, there's underdog stories of some injuries rehabbing just fine. If he doesn't though? If he breaks down in a couple years?

Stay realistic. If this horse ends up not fitting into your goals & dreams - he doesn't fit. I can tell you from personal experience - I thought I was okay limiting myself for one of my horses. We'd never jump again, we'd barely ride, she was just casual pleasure type (mostly arena because she could be a bear on trails). I thought I was okay with that. Turns out after a couple months & a heart to heart with myself, I realized I wasn't okay with only pleasure/arena riding. So don't compromise :) Not saying he has any of these issues. You obviously won't know until you try him out.
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Originally Posted by OTTBRed View Post
@beau159 I agree with you about that, he does look quite weak in the hindquarters. I am planning to do higher level jumping with my horse.
Okay, so that is certainly something to keep in mind when you look at him. Is he physically going to be capable of doing the events you would like to do?

Also, as you know, a green horse is a looooong way away from jumping. Realize that it may be several years before you actually get to jump him, being a green horse. Even though he's 10 years old, he's still green. Age is just a number.

If you don't want to wait that long to actually start jumping, then I would suggest to look at horses that are farther along in their training, or already jumping. Yes, the price tag is going to be much higher, but you get what you pay for!
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