For some reason I don't like his loin connection.. Then again I am not expert, or even mildly knowledgeable.. It just struck me wrong. Good luck window shopping, there have been a lot of stellar Canter horses on the boards lately!
What does everyone think of this guy? A friend is looking for a TB for low level eventing up to Training, her life dream is prelim.
Then I'd keep looking ... he's cute & lovely in the way that every OTTB is, but I'd look for a different sort of home for him based upon conformation as shown in those photos.
If he's close by & your friend really likes him, she should go see!
im not really a big fan but if the horse seems like he can do up to training level and is safe and sound and your friend likes him.....then go for it. There are lots of horses that aren't perfect that are going around training level no problemo.
I think I like him.
The picture angles are wrong. I think maybe his pasterns look poor due to shoeing and hoof trim.
Imagine him with quite a bit more weight on him. A lot of the issues in those pics will melt away and beef up.
Except for his neck. It comes out of his wither low and ties in low. In reality you would like to see a hand of space between the point of his shoulder and the point where his neck ties in to his shoulder.
He'll need quite a bit of work to fix that front end issue.
I like his expression through his mouth. His mouth is very very loose. No tension there. He might be a model citizen which is 90% of the battle.
Having more experience with back issues than I ever wanted over the last, oh, 7 years...he is cute but when I opened the pic, I went GAHHH! I can't help it, my eye just goes straight to backs, LOL, the vet bills made me do it!
That said, he IS cute, I have a weakness for chestnuts and his face is charming. I really like his shoulder and legs and his neck will get 1000x times nicer. I don't love his hindquarter though and I agree with purp that he will probably take some extra work to get his butt under him and lighten his forehand. And that lower back I would have to investigate within an inch of its life.
*insert 'but it's just a snapshot' disclaimer here*
If she is really serious about going to prelim I would pass on this horse. If he is quiet and sound she may have a nice low level eventer to play with.
Specifically what are you seeing that you don't like for a prelim horse?
This would be the first horse that she would make up rather than a more made horse. Her current horse, who is now semi retired, can be a technical ride. The mare she was riding was flat out a difficult ride with a mean stop. I don't think this horse needs to go prelim but would be a nice bonus.
My thoughts would be good mind and sound first and if he happens to be athletic enough for prelim that is a bonus. I think the fact that he is being used as a pony horse and ridden backback is part of what I like.
Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)
Wildlifer, yeah he's tempting me to the point I might just change my mind about another OTTB. My mare, while I love her to death has shaken a lot of my confidence and her mysterious lameness that caused her retirement made me head shy. But if I go look and he really is slow, lazy, quiet, well maybe he's what I'm looking for considering I can't afford anything made.
"But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep." Robert Frost