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  • Buying a Baby!

    Hello fellow COTH members, It's been awhile since I've posted but after riding for about eleven years I've decided to buy a baby I want your opinions on this little prospect his name is Skippen The Bid and I actually think he has some cute movement feel free to comment Thanks!!

    when the world turns on you your horse will be there.

  • #2
    What are you looking to do with him?


    • #3
      not to be stalky, but I googled his EquineNow ad... this would concern me a bit "Max is a great guy, he was sold at a few weeks old with his Dam and was not taken care of, we took him back a couple of months ago." I'm much more familiar with warmbloods, so maybe this isn't as much of a concern for a qh, but I would be worried about the possible developmental consequences of having what was most likely improper nutrition as a yearling (ocd, etc.).
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      • #4
        Just have to say that the title of this thread made me do a double take, though probably because I was just discussing having/adopting kids with my sister. (me: "Wait, you can buy those? Oh...")

        He looks cute!
        If the pony spits venom in your face or produces a loud roar, it is probably not a pony. Find another. -The Oatmeal


        • #5
          I would be concerned that a baby this age is being lunged.


          • #6
            I would ask the current owners not to longe the horse anymore if you plan on buying. He looks nice enough, but a conformation photo would be helpful, along with sire and dam photos.

            Babies change so much..


            • #7
              Do not lunge a baby, repeat do not lunge a baby, repeat...really, No.


              • #8
                QH shows have longe line classes for yearlings, so it is not unusual for them to longe babies. One of my mares learned to longe as a yearling because she was showing in hand at two shows almost 200 miles from home. Seemed like a better idea to stay down there for 5 days than it did to haul the baby that far twice. No turn out. She's 21 this year and sound as can be, so I guess I didn't ruin her for live by teaching her to longe that week.

                He's halter bred. This is his grandsire: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...Q9QEwAw&dur=97

                So, that colt may be great... my hunter is by a halter bred paint out of a TB mare... or he may grow up to look like a beef cow... either way he'll probably be super good minded and pretty bomb proof with all the stuff that his current owner hs done with him... and that's always a good thing.


                • #9
                  This is just my dumb opinion, but I don't like that much of a "bubble butt" on a hunter/jumper prospect. It does not say "nice long canter" to me.

                  I would want to see his canter naturally in the field. Love a good round QH butt, but not that much of a curve under the butt.
                  Last edited by ToTheNines; Sep. 29, 2012, 05:02 AM.
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                  • #10
                    Errrr....not to be catty but if you are going to post a video of somebody lunging a colt as a sales tool? It ought to know how...lets say it does not appear "overschooled" on the line so that's not much of a problem.

                    OP, are you looking for a Hunter or Jumper here??? Pedigree says something else will be a better fit for it. Hints at conformation when mature also suggest a different career path.

                    JMO based on coming out of the Western world. Looks like a it will be more beefcake then dancer.
                    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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                    • #11
                      is there a reason you are considering a QH? Always hard to say with babies but his movement as it is shown is not what I would consider suitable for hunters.
                      He looks like a sweet horse, if you want a nice horse to do "whatever" with he could be a good deal.


                      • Original Poster

                        thanks for the input guys I am definetly still looking and am not just considering a QH i just like the sound mind that usually comes with the breed. I was looking to do the jumper route since I am showing the hunter circuit now on my warmblood and I like the warmblood for the hunters but i'm in no rush and would love to be able to have a hunter jumper or eq prospect on my hands so if anyone knows of anything in the GA area that would be amazing! thanks for your time
                        when the world turns on you your horse will be there.


                        • #13
                          Some people who cannot afford WBs do seek out QHs for hunters and jumpers:

                          Excellent 3'6 jumper we sold a few years ago that was also a cute mover:

                          My halter bred hunter. He might not be perfect, but I also own an 8 year old Hanoverian and I'd rather show my APHA gelding any day just because I enjoy him more:

                          Good luck OP. It's nice to see someone thinking outside the box when it comes to H/J horse breeds.
                          Last edited by OveroHunter; Oct. 1, 2012, 06:12 PM. Reason: spelling


                          • #14
                            Both of my QHs have been fantastic horses in terms of jumping ability. My pony was a super cute jumper and all around. Never got to show her much past local circuit and 4-H so can't tell ribbon stories. My appendix was a ridiculously good mover and jumper. He could jump anything/everything as long as it wasn't in a ring or off a corner, lol. If you're looking for athleticism with that QH mind look for an Appendix or a foal out of a known athletic sire/dam. Rugged Lark babies are some of the most gorgeous, talented, and sound minded horses I've ever seen. Unfortunately he is no longer with us. Although I have found that QH, while quiet souls, can tend to hold a grudge and remember everything you've ever done to them.


                            • #15
                              If you're looking for a strong jumper possible hunter Irish Draught & sport horses (like Rich Feller's Flexible) give you the great mind you are looking and tremendous talent
                              www.irishdraught.com you can look for sales &/or breeders in your general area
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                              • #16
                                I love QHs and have two of my own, one that will be a hunter and one that was a very successful jumper. I worry about this one's breeding and size. Mine are both Appendix, and while one is a beefcake he is a 16.3h beefcake with a huge stride and nice movement. The other is all jumper and 16h.

                                This colt is cute but not bred to be a hunter and I would think it unlikely that he's going to get above 15.1.


                                • #17
                                  Not a fan of that colt, not for what you want anyways. He looks cute and has a sound mind though.

                                  When I was shopping last year, I wanted an Appendix because, like you, I wanted something quiet and less reactive. DH has two QH mares, both are pretty stoic but sweet and trainable (ok, one isn't sweet, but is trainable). But I wanted something that could do what I wanted, which is jumpers or eventing. I wound up with an Irish Sport Horse.... great mind, yes, but NOT a quiet one. He's a ding dong, but he's apparently doing real well at the trainer's for the last two weeks .
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                                  • #18
                                    I LOVE QH hunters. On movement and type alone, this would not be one I'd choose.
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                                    • Original Poster

                                      Thanks for all the input I would like to stay under 1000 so it's going to have be that diamond in the rough kind of risk but I think I've found a very cute tb/perch filly
                                      when the world turns on you your horse will be there.


                                      • #20
                                        My first successful hunter was an appendix, out of a race-bred quarter horse mare. He was dropped off at a hunter barn when his owner's breeding operation went under, which is where we found him. I loved that he had the extra athleticism of the thoroughbred, but the innate sensibility of a quarter horse.
                                        I do not necessarily think that the prospect you found (in the video) is the best option, but I have nothing against his breed! There are so many people on this forum that are experts in picking out prospects, so be patient and keep posting!
                                        Good luck!