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  • what do you think of this horse?

    Haven't been on in awhile, but am back I am a hunter rerider. Back to riding in the last 7 months. I NEED a horse of my own I have limited resources to spend a ton, so I am looking in a pretty low range. I know...wish I had more to invest. So, given that, thoughts on this guy. He is only 5, tb, smaller (15.3- I am 5'8 so I do wish he was a bit bigger). He is supposed to be very quiet, but obviously is young. I am not looking to be a huge show winner...just a want a cute horse with a level head who might have some potential.

    Thx for giving me your thoughts
    Last edited by elizabuggy; Mar. 11, 2012, 05:05 PM. Reason: wrong website

  • #2
    That link takes me to your watch list, not a video of the horse.
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    • Original Poster

      Sorry...just fixed it


      • #4
        Hard to really tell much other than I think his attitude is fantastic... would jump on getting his teeth looked at asap...

        But if you are looking for something that is pretty easy going, he looks easy going enough.

        15.3 hds wouldn't scare me off (and I'm almost 5'9")...!

        I say go check him out and see how his personality matches with your expectations
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        • #5
          He looks a LOT like a horse I was leasing - complete with head shaking! But he's cute. I don't see any major red flags. I'd look at him.
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          • #6
            Wish the video showed more flat work. They jumped him an awful lot in one session. Looked to have a good attitude!
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            • #7
              I like his canter - his trot not so much. But, 4/5 classes are over fences, and coupled with a cute jump and a great personality I think he's worth a look!


              • #8
                I think he's a cutie... When the rider sits in the saddle he relaxes a lot and goes nice. I also wish they would show more flat work but he seems to have a bit of knee action at the trot, I bet you could help that if he relaxes with you. Happy horse hunting


                • #9
                  His trot is a bit of a sewing machine, may improve (actually should), but still won't be a great trot. He doesn't want to land on the left lead even after doing the bending line repeatedly. I would vet him pretty thoroughly...he is cute and seems very willing. A lot depends on what you're looking for.
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                  • Original Poster

                    Thanks, everyone! I am going to check him out this weekend. I wish there was more flatwork in the video, too, but I guess it does highlight what appears to be a super good attitude. I am truly looking for a safe horse that I can show locally, train a bit, and have fun on (and throw my 5 yo son on to lead around once in awhile), but the "cute" factor doesn't hurt. He looks very honest and pretty soft. I know that he is being used partially as a lesson horse right now, so he is very quiet for a 5 yo.

                    I'm excited!


                    • #11
                      He looks like he could be a handful, I wonder how much he was "prepped" before the video.
                      He's cute with a decent jump to him, definitely worth taking a look at.


                      • #12
                        I agree with the others- canter is nice, trot not so much. Definitely seems to have a good attitude.

                        However, I don't think this is a "quiet" horse. He looks like a solid citizen type, but he naturally seems to be a forward horse. Personally I prefer this, but if you're looking for super quiet, I'm not sure this is it.

                        Let us know how it goes this weekend- good luck!


                        • #13
                          I'd pass.

                          I don't like the trot and he doesn't look like a quiet type to me either. Looks like the rider is doing a good job at keeping him quiet but the way he jumps and lands just doesn't scream "easy-going" to me. Which is fine if you want that, but in your OP it doesn't seem like you do.

                          I would take the "lesson horse" title with a grain of salt. Seriously. It could mean he's forgiving enough that students can learn with him. It could mean advanced students only ride him as a challenge. It could mean he's a decent horse and they're throwing whoever on him and possibly negatively impacting his training. Who knows? But a stable where I once took lessons picked up a 4 year old OTTB mare and let 12-year-olds lesson on her. The mare knew nothing, kids were good enough to stay on but not that good, and the mare picked up REALLY bad habits. Mare never got trained after the lesson program dropped off and is still for sale ten years later. But that's a whole 'nother story.

                          He'd probably be fine to throw your 5yo on for leadline walks, but my horses have good enough ground manners and respect that I would lead a passenger around on at the walk as long as they didn't kick or fiddle with the reins.

                          Also, if I were you, and you plan to keep this horse for a while, don't settle on something important like SIZE. It's not a huge deal when you're 5'3" and you prefer something 16 hands and end up with 15.2hh, but it's more of an issue when you're 5'8" and settling for 15.3 hands...especially with a TB that is more than likely narrow (judging by the video). I have a 15.3 hand TB gelding, narrow but not at all a stick, and my aunt who is 5'8" with long legs looks ridiculous on him. Not a good fit. If he were built like a thicker WB or QH she would probably be alright, but not in this case. If I were you, I'd keep looking for something the correct size. Size and temperament are two things a buyer should not sacrifice when looking for a horse.


                          • #14
                            As far as the horse is concerned I think he's really cute and I think he looks like a great event mount or PC mount for some teenage kid.

                            As far as you and your goals go, I'm not sure that he's a match. Of course, I have a limited understanding as to what your goals actually are, other than "not big show winning". That being said, as a fellow re-rider I know that we are often not blessed with a metric sh*t ton of time and energy, which ruled out many young horses for me (unless you are having a trainer ride the bulk of the time, which would up your cost considerably - which is fine, you didn't specify so I'm assuming not).

                            I'd pick a been there done that kind of guy, maybe one with some maintenance issues. Sometimes you can find them with experience in your chosen discipline, sometimes you have to look a little outside (AQHA HUS or trail horse listings often have hidden gems that may not know much about being a hunter, but are a little more able to take a joke etc.).

                            Maybe if you tell us more about your goals we can give you a better answer


                            • #15
                              I am also an adult amateur looking for an inexpensive project who is ammy friendly and I have seen quite a few horses out there who look like they might fit what it sounds like your needs are better than this guy appears to. I would keep looking if it were me, as others have said he could be a good guy for someone but doesn't sound like he quite matches up with what you are looking for.
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                              • Original Poster

                                I really appreciate all of the thoughtful responses. I literally only have $3-$4,000 to spend which I know is minimal. I am willing to keep my options open and hunt. I hopefully won't get frustarted


                                • #17
                                  OP - I also would keep looking; I will tell you from personal recent experience that horse shopping, even on a bigger budget, got frustrating. Silly me, I thought it would be fun, but it got old quick.
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                                  • #18
                                    I like the horse, but I agree that he looks hotter than what you describe yourself as wanting.


                                    • #19
                                      You're budget is FINE for picking up something quiet, and honestly I'd keep looking. Not only does he have a bit of a sewing machine trot, but he paddles too. I caught that a couple times when he trotted towards the camera.

                                      Don't get hung up on the TB/OTTB thing either. I am not saying don't, I'm just saying keep your mind open. Don't know where you are located, but I know in my area you can pick up horses with good quiet minds who can be put over courses like that after 30 days (or less) and look a heckuva lot better. And be bigger, too.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by elizabuggy View Post
                                        I literally only have $3-$4,000 to spend
                                        If you're really interested, there's no harm in going to take a look at this one, but I agree that he doesn't look that quiet, and also agree that 15.3 is pretty iffy for 5'8".

                                        Depending on what part of the country you're in, there are quite a few horses on equine.com in your price range that might be worth taking a look at. Try the "advanced search" function to narrow the field. Good luck!