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    Hey guys!

    I am not in NEED of an OTTB but am looking for a good situation to play with while my mare heals (6 months+) and then for resale (unless I fall in love )

    I was hoping for some feedback!

    16 hand 5 year old gelding, raced 3 times I believe, complete failure. Sat in a field without a job then bought about a month ago by a cutting trainer (who has experience with eventers)but she needs surgery and offered him to me cheap cheap cheap (i.e., cheaper than most CANTER horses).

    He has TWO weeks of post-track training under his belt and last week was a ref horse for a polo game (so, clearly a good brain!).

    To ride he was super sweet and willing, stays exactly the speed I put him at, all the basics are easy (trailer, washing, clipping, etc.). Obviously needs to relax in his back at the trot and balance, yadda yadda, but reminder: two weeks of post-track training.




    Last edited by TSHEventing; Dec. 15, 2012, 09:51 PM. Reason: Links fixed

  • #2
    He's really handsome!! What a good boy.


    • #3
      I can't see your facebook pics, but he looks quiet and sound on the video.


      Last raced in 2010.
      Unrepentant carb eater


      • #4
        Yes get him.


        • #5
          Yes - he looks like a lot of fun. Get him and report back. lol


          • #6
            Looks cute! Love that canter. For cheap cheap cheap? Get him!!


            • #7
              I like him. He has AP Indy, Hoist the Flag, Roberto and The Minstral in his bloodlines. The last two, being on the Dam's side is nice. If he is a steal, then go for him.

              His shoulders looked a bit tight on the video, but there are plenty of exercises that can loosen them up.

              If he is for resale, make certain that you have him vetted, even if he is a steal.

              Lucky you!
              When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


              • #8
                He's lovely! I'd take him for resale in a heart beat! Seems to have an incredible willing attitude.



                • Original Poster

                  Thanks everyone, yeah, that is part of the deal. Typically I haven't done pre purchase exams but I'm more cautious in my old age


                  • #10
                    I usually nix these, especially for short term resale. Not here. He is far enough along you can put some polish on him in a hurry and see what he wants to do. He is attractive and seems a nice mover so there are several directions you could take with him.

                    That color won't hurt your resale plans either but I would suggest putting a stick on him if you are going to advertise him at 16h.

                    He is moving level and square here, some of them have so much going on a PPE would be a waste of time and money. But this one looks to be worth a good look in a PPE because he looks like a good, basically sound horse with a bright future.

                    Good luck.
                    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                    The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


                    • Original Poster

                      Vetting on Friday!


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TSHEventing View Post
                        Vetting on Friday!
                        Good luck! Here's hoping for resale-friendly x-rays. (Even if we all think you're going to fall in love!)
                        Originally posted by Silverbridge
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