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I may be buying a horse and I was wondering what you thought about him. He is 13 years old and 16.2 hh. He is being offered at 3,800 because he diddn't show last season. Please give me advice about buying him. I really like him!

Watch this video of him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVeR
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Thanks for helping me decide!
 

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Thanks! I'm pretty set on buying him. I want to shareboard him, too, but not sure yet...
 

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Wow, I just found out he is a grandson of Secretariat! I am going to have my vet check him up for me and go for a visit soon! I'm excited lol!
 

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He looks like he has a good base. However, his rider isn't exactly spectacular and thus the horse is somewhat hollow and will need some work with rounding up and slowing down a bit. Of course, this is nothing that a decent rider can't fix. Also watch out for him grabbing at the bit, he is doing mild head tossing and pushing against the martingale.
 

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I think these people need better videos and pictures, the rider is riding with her legs behind her. He looks like he enjoys jumping though.
 

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You haven't met him yet? I would go see him before you vet-check him, if you don't like his personality, you wouldn't want to waste the money on the vet check.

My vet is my aunt. She is an equine vet and she would come with me anyway (That means I get free 24/7 vet care :D ). I've been talking to his owner for a while and I'm sure I will like him.

This video was taken of his previous owner and he was bought from her by a riding stable. He has given some beginner flat lessons and advanced show-jumping lessons. His owner says he is really smart so he can take advantage of inexperienced riders. But I don't mind that in a horse. I would rather he was smart than not!

And thanks for everyone's ideas so far! :D
 

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I like him !
I do agree with roro, about the fact that he needs to round out a bit more over jumps.
The rider also really does hang onto his mouth, i noticed i think that he was gaping his mouth open.
But let us know how it does ! :)
 

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Yeah I noticed that, too. I want to see how he does without a martingale and maybe try my bitless bridle with him. I don't like using martingales period but I HATE jumping with one.
 

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the rider rides with her legs back but I can't say much because I use to ride and when I would kick I would end up kicking my horse in the flank :( ..not super hard but I did....I feel bad now.

I'm still a beginner but I'm glad someone told me!
 

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Are you planning on using him for equitation or for hunters? First photo looks like an equitation class, where his flat jump is considered an advantage.

He looks like a nice, useful local hunter to me, I'm almost curious as to why he's so inexpensive.
 
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