Yes not consistent. When it is a free horse, I usually feel free to make comments, if just for my own practice and to get feedback. Most of the time, I do a conformation post, I do try to do a decent complete critique of the conformation, then often wind up trying to define which of the items really would be significant for the intended use, ie, much of it isn't significant for intended use, but perhaps nice to know. Or not.
With horses for sale for a dollar amount, it makes me uncomfortable, usually. Sometimes if i am really concerned that the person has a very serious mismatch between what they want and what the horse seems it is, or I'm afraid they'll get into trouble with the horse, I will make reply even so. So not consistent, but some sort of rationale behind it....unless I'm drunk, tired or not paying attention.
Thanks guys! I think I like having the"underdog" and have First Level dreams only, so life is good. I think I like the hard work that comes with making a sow's ear into a silk purse....or even just a canvas bag! LOL!
I love the nickname Penny, from Austin Rider! So true! LOL! I have written down all the names you have suggested, so I will wait to meet her and then decide. She is supposed to come up in a week to 10 days.
She doesn't have the 'engine' aka power behind to be a great jumper. A hip angle that open makes for a longer muscle, but a less compressible 'spring' for jumping. The longer muscle can provide better stamina (eg Arabian), but also with that open angle it will be difficult for her to 'engage' her hindquarters by swinging her hind leg under. See how her lower leg is beyond the point of her hindquarter if you drop a plumbline? She's a little camped out, likely to make it difficult for her to swing that hind leg deep underneath her body. Her tendons are tied in below the knee, can be weak under stress. Difficult to see the angle of her pasterns, but they look a little upright, this might make her gait a bit choppier than smooth. She has a decent, mobile looking shoulder, but I don't like the way it ties into her back; her hind end slopes down toward her shoulder, she will naturally carry more weight on her frontend because she's built a little downhill. Are her legs straight from the front and hind? Her neck is a bit short, but looks good on her, though it ties into that shoulder a little higher than I'd like, she would probably be likely to have a 'swan neck' under saddle. Sweet face, kind eye, decent depth through her barrel...not the ideal, but we take what we can get! Also, attitude counts for a lot! Any horse that wants to jump can! Any horse that you can teach will learn dressage. Better to have a horse with a good attitude thats a little less athletic than one that you can't work with.
Welllllllll... said gently... we usually don't try to buy horses that love to go like giraffe's....
one of my friends calls that the Llama Chicken Act.
Well - if ridden correctly she goes like a PSG horse - wonderfully through her back. If you can't ride she goes like a giraffe, and when she gallops in the pasture trying to look at everything she goes like a giraffe (many times).
So trot - video shows she does NOT use her back and barely tracks up - might be handlers fault, might not. I'd have to look at her in person cause based on the video I'd pass.
I found her to not be tracking up in her left hind. Granted, she just came off of the track and could be a little stiff too. Like all things in life, she could need a bit of rehab/physio to work that out.
What a pretty girl! I love her face!! STB are so easy going and fun to work with. I think that in perspective you are not looking for an uber high level horse to clinic to uber high levels with that you will be super obsessed with over every step of her training/movement, so enjoy her to the max! Appreciate every bit of heart and try she will have for you in exchange for maybe just being an average moving horse. With all of her previous training she should be easy for things like bathing, new environments, trailering etc.
Plus, there was a thread on this board or on UDBB where someone with a great eye for conformation posted pics of a super well bred youngster that she loved- and it was met with the same mix of "love it, hate it".
It was said in this thread that we don't all love the same horse. Wise words!
There are pics of a STB being ridden posted on this thread and they are lovely. If you have in mind achieving this with this mare then you should be very happy with her, indeed.