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  • How do you describe spicy, but not explosive. . .

    I'm trying to develop an ad that uses positive versus negative descriptions and would love to hear your thoughts or suggestions. The horse in question is hot and spicy, but not explosive or dangerous. I'm referrring to the kind of hot and spicy that causes you to take a second look, not the kind that causes you to step away in fear for your life. Plan to include in the ad, that the horse is for an experienced, confident rider only.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
    Terri Chabaud
    Zydeco Farm/Zydeco Sport Horses
    http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s48/ZydecoFarm/

  • #2
    "forward"
    Providence Farm
    http://providencefarmpintos.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      "Bold"

      GreenGate Stables
      http://ggstables.webs.com/

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      • #4
        "spirited"
        http://www.anteroequestrian.com

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        • #5
          "Sensitive & forward" would get the message across.
          "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." - The Little Prince

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          • #6
            "has TONS of presence"...or "exciting"

            In an ad I think "spicy" would look weird to me. Fwiw, I don't necessarily find "hot" in a description to be a bad thing, as long as you quantify by stating "not spooky" shortly thereafter.

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            • #7
              I think I like Retrofit's best.

              For my little 6 month old filly who's also "spicy" , I obviously wouldn't use the same thing. I can't say she's hot so the word "sassy" keeps coming to me when I watch her.
              GreenGate Stables
              http://ggstables.webs.com/

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                #8
                Thanks guys. I had used extremely forward and I like the combo sensitive and forward much better. I also like bold because this horse is definitely that. :-) GG you made me smile big--because I have a sassy two year old boy!
                Terri Chabaud
                Zydeco Farm/Zydeco Sport Horses
                http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s48/ZydecoFarm/

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                • #9
                  I'll toss in "electric"

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                  • #10
                    Sensitive vs spooky?

                    This is so interesting.

                    Being French-speaking I had some difficulty to express in English how exactly i could describe one of my filly. I don’t really like chestnut but I don’t breed for color and hey, her sire was chestnut. I have to admit that she was different from others. These reds heads stories might not be a myth after all. She is only 5 months old but was a handful at birth. She came a long way believe me.

                    Now how was she...sensitive for sure ... spooky? I didn’t think so but on another thread it seems that sensitive meant spooky for most.

                    Well I took her for a walk yesterday. I did the same with another very easy low profile foal just before and he went well. He had already some experience in ‘life’ having been to a keuring before etc. However when he encounter a water pond for his first time ever, he stopped and looked, hesitated and then went along. Normal and I was very happy.

                    Now with my red head, I told my sister that we might not go further than the end of our road ... but I add that she might surprise us as I had the feeling that she was sensitive all right but not spooky... even she might be bold .

                    She went along, very alert, she called the others and was more ‘aware’ of everything but nice really. She was so good that we decided to continue and went into the wood. At the water pond she never hesitate or look at it twice, she just went through it with the same attitude, alert and very forward... not one ounce of spookiness. The water was deep to half her cannon bone but she didn’t care at all. We even had a dog coming from the wood that followed us and she did not step out.

                    So now I know and don’t need a translator ...sensitive is absolutely not spooky.
                    Last edited by bloomingtonfarm; Oct. 27, 2009, 11:36 AM. Reason: typo
                    Suzanne
                    bloomingtonfarm.com
                    Breeder of Royal Dutch Sport Horse

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                    • #11
                      I like the phrase, sensitive but sensible. I have a 4 y.o. filly that this describes to a tee. She may look, she may appear to grow a few sizes, but she'll stay with you
                      www.baumgartnersporthorses.com

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                      • #12
                        Oh, see: "...appear to grow a few sizes..." Love that. What a great description in that context.

                        Zydeco: You too made me snikker with my "lady of substance" !
                        GreenGate Stables
                        http://ggstables.webs.com/

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                        • #13
                          To me, sensitive does not equate with spooky. A sensitive horse will respond to light aids and be easy to ride (not needing a lot of leg or hand). That describes most of the horses that I have bred. A sensitive horse may also be quite confident and unafraid OR it could be spooky.

                          To me, spooky means easily frightened, lacking in confidence, easily unsettled and not well focused. A spooky horse could be sensitive OR it could also be lazy and dull to the aids.

                          Zydeco, I'm with those who recommend "forward and sensitive," and if you know it to be true, add more detail, like light to the aids, eager to work, sensible, confident, etc.
                          Mary Lou
                          http://www.homeagainfarm.com

                          https://www.facebook.com/HomeAgainFarmHanoverians

                          Member OMGiH I loff my mares clique

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                          • #14
                            "Sensitive but bold, ideal for the confident/experienced rider".
                            "Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Zydeco Sport Horses View Post
                              Plan to include in the ad, that the horse is for an experienced, confident rider only.
                              As an occasional buyer, I hate those terms. I'll pass on the ad immediately.

                              Energetic, enthusiastic? Cutting horse people use "pistol."

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                                #16
                                Thanks for helping me think about all the nuances. Jodyb--appear to grow a few sizes--my smile for the day:-) Home Again, I do need to give the exact adjectives more thought--very well suggested!

                                Interesting take, Go Fish. Why would you pass on an ad that states that the horse is for an experienced, confident rider? Do you find it offensive in some way?
                                Terri Chabaud
                                Zydeco Farm/Zydeco Sport Horses
                                http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s48/ZydecoFarm/

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
                                  As an occasional buyer, I hate those terms. I'll pass on the ad immediately.

                                  Energetic, enthusiastic? Cutting horse people use "pistol."
                                  I'd pass on it too.
                                  Code for hot, not rideable, needs a pro.
                                  In the H/J world 'experienced,confident rider' often means not suitable for an Amateur or a Childrens Hunter.

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                                  • #18
                                    I agree that when I use the descriptive sensitive I mean highly responsive in a positive manner. I would offer the term ' animated presence ' but I am perhaps underestimating what you mean by ' spicy '

                                    Lisa, Synergy Sporthorses
                                    Home to Cotopaxi and Raffaello
                                    http://www.synergysporthorses.com (please bear with us, new website in progress : )

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally Posted by Zydeco Sport Horses
                                      Plan to include in the ad, that the horse is for an experienced, confident rider only.
                                      Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
                                      As an occasional buyer, I hate those terms. I'll pass on the ad immediately.

                                      Energetic, enthusiastic? Cutting horse people use "pistol."

                                      Why on earth would you find an ad that honestly expresses that a horse is not for a beginner who is timid offensive? IMO ads that truly and honestly state what a horse is like can save everyone a lot of time. When I have been on the buying end, I have always appreciated honesty and openness. As an occasional seller, I try to be very forthcoming about how my horses are. To me that is a good thing.
                                      Mary Lou
                                      http://www.homeagainfarm.com

                                      https://www.facebook.com/HomeAgainFarmHanoverians

                                      Member OMGiH I loff my mares clique

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                                      • #20
                                        I think part of the problem is that ads frequently puff and downplay faults, so that it is hard to know what "hot" or "sensitive" or simply, "needs experienced rider" means in ad speak. I recently saw an ad for a very well bred, attractive 3 y.o. filly. The ad said she required an experienced handler and that she was a professional's horse. I have no way of knowing from the ad whether she is rank and unmanageable, or whether the seller is trying to say that she is sensitive and has talent for upper levels, or whether the seller would simply prefer that she go to a particular type of home. But when I see needs "experienced handler" or rider, it does make me wonder if the seller is suggesting the horse is dangerous. So I would try to be as specific as possible.
                                        Roseknoll Sporthorses
                                        www.roseknoll.net

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