I'm currently horse shopping and am looking for a young event prospect. I'd like to find a horse who can go prelim someday. I'm a pretty tight budget, everything I'm looking at is under $3,000.
I went and looked at a mare this weekend and was hoping a few people might be willing to critique her potential as an event prospect? If you'd rather pm me than post here that would work too- either way!
She's a 5 year old TB, but was started a bit late, so she's greener than you'd expect for an average 5 year old. She's about 16 hands. Her temperament was fantastic, very easy to work with and well behaved on the ground.
Side Shot not the best confo pic, but it's all I have.
Buy her....just get her 'pre-purchased', and buy her. She has lovely balance, is a very nice mover, and trucks around in that deep sand like a pro. If you could get a chance to jump a little or hack her out, it would be nice; but she is a lovely mare, and I wouldn't think twice.
I am so not a pro, but she looks very nice. Cute, and if that's you in the pic, you two look well-suited. She looks very well-balanced and doesn't have the awkwardness at the canter that is common to green TBs.
Grab her up, and don't forget to post pics. :-)
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I talked with the owner this morning and she's willing to let me take the mare for a week on trial. That way I can make sure the mare and I are a good match and even more importantly, I can have my vet do the vet check. The only vets near her are cattle/ranch type vets- not my first pick for a PPE on a sporthorse!
Cascadia- OTTB mare. 04/04-05/10
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I like her trot! It's, idk what the right word is, expressive maybe? But otherwise looks balanced - canter nice too - she's still young/green so it will only get better with proper training. If she's quiet outside thats obviously another huge bonus.
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Keep in mind my opinion is worth what you're paying for it. I openly state I'm a newbie to eventing and know nothing!
That said: She is so cute! She seems happy and forward, even in that AWFUL ring, she looks like she's hacking around on a sand dune! For under 3k I would say take her home and see what she's got under the hood.
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Holy crap. Well if you don't buy her please send me an email, I will send a check for her right away.
I shopped for 6 months with a 20k budget and didn't find anything as sound and sane looking as that mare, who for eventing is an above average and very correct moving horse. On top of that she is forward, relaxed, and happy. The fact that she is 5 and so lightly ridden is also IMO a very big plus.