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Critique an Event Prospect?

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  • Critique an Event Prospect?

    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.

    As you can probably tell, the sand was quite deep.
    Trot Work
    Canter Left
    Canter Right
    Last edited by Lone; Oct. 12, 2010, 11:42 PM.
    Cascadia- OTTB mare. 04/04-05/10
    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever

  • #2
    She's very cute. For under 3K.....and you two seemed well suited....I'd vet her and take her home

    Whether she will go Prelim...pretty hard to say. I didn't see anything that said she can't. Most reasonably athletic horses can go Prelim.
    ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


    • #3
      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.


      • Original Poster


        I should have mentioned that I did hack her out, I rode her in an upper field. We trotted and cantered around a bit, she was very well mannered and listened to me nicely.
        Cascadia- OTTB mare. 04/04-05/10
        If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever


        • #5
          then I revise my previous post....

          put a deposit on her now and call to set up the vetting
          ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


          • #6
            She's cute! I love her coloring.

            If you get on well with her then that is more than half the battle. If she vets well, I'd take her.
            "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant


            • #7
              Poor thing, they need to haul two truckloads of sand out of that ring. She's cute! I think the trot is her better gait, but she seems to be struggling with the footing in the canter.


              • #8
                Couldn't watch the videos, but just form the picture she reminds me a bit of my TB mare conformation-wise. That said, if you don't want her, send her my way!


                • #9
                  For under $3k she is a steal. I think I would love riding her


                  • #10
                    Go for it. At that price, she looks a great deal and you two seem a good match. I also have a very soft spot for buckskins, so let me know if you don't want her
                    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                    • #11
                      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. :-)
                      I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                      I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


                      • #12
                        I agree! She has a good canter and looks like shes sweet. For that price, GO GET THE TRAILER!!! Best of luck!
                        RIDE IT LIKE YA STOLE IT


                        • Original Poster

                          Thanks everyone!

                          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
                          If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever


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                            • #15
                              I love her! Congrats.

                              I will have a buckskin someday, I will, I will, I will.
                              If you believe everything you read, better not read. -- Japanese Proverb


                              • #16
                                A very nice mare with even, forward movement. I hope she works out.


                                • #17
                                  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.
                                  "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
                                  "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey


                                  • #18
                                    I love her! Shes full Tbd? Looks like maybe a little connemerra in there, maybe I just think that cause she looks like my guy. Very nice find, if she's brave then definitly a potential eventer.
                                    Boss Mare Eventing Blog


                                    • #19
                                      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.


                                      • #20
                                        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.

                                        Seriously, what a find. She is very nice.
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