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        Wow, she has certainly come along nicely! I think you wouldn't have a problem placing in the hunt seat events with her in the rookie and novice amateur. She would probably do ok in the HMS, as long as you can get her to suck back a bit. She would be a nice showmanship horse too! Put a lead change on her and you could take her in the western riding. For $8500, you should buy her.


          I thought the AQHA guidelines now state that the horse's poll shouldn't be below the withers. Am I mistaken or are judges just ignoring it?
          "Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything
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            Originally posted by NoSuchPerson View Post
            I thought the AQHA guidelines now state that the horse's poll shouldn't be below the withers. Am I mistaken or are judges just ignoring it?
            For 5 consecutive strides. It's not followed.

            And still with the running martingale.
            Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.


              Originally posted by NoSuchPerson View Post
              I thought the AQHA guidelines now state that the horse's poll shouldn't be below the withers. Am I mistaken or are judges just ignoring it?
              The AQHA “guidelines” and rulebook have said that since the early 1990s. Note these are schooling sessions, not in the show pen. Some school lower knowing they will pick up in the show environment. Though still too low. IMO. It is what it is.

              Agree on the martingale, prefer to see them go more on their own to be sure they have the conformational ability to carry themselves without help from gadgets. If the neck set and angle aren’t physically there, they aren’t going to be able to do it by themselves. They have to want to and be physically able to or they won’t be a rail horse. Might do well in working divisions but, again, they need the build for those to excel.
              When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

              The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


                I actually love this filly and have been admiring her Facebook ads for the last week! People, do not forget that this is a TWO year old! She is going along very, very nicely. I love love how forward she has been allowed to be; so many pleasure horses are afraid to go forward and sink back and that can be so frustrating to fix.
                There is absolutely no reason why this filly can't be an all-arounder and be competitive in the hunter ring. Is she a world beater? Not unless you're showing pinto, but she is nice and clearly has a great mind.

                On her sire -- LOVE him, one of my absolute favorites (and recently listed for sale!). He has such a phenomenal mind and is able to be ridden by their amateur teenage clients quite easily, and quiet enough for their preteen daughter to handle. His oldest foals are still babies, but I really think the next 5 years will be telling for UF, I think he's going to hit it off as a sire. This filly is worth it already IMO, that's just kind of the icing on the cake if you ever need to resell in the future.
                I ride a paint but he looks like he ain't.


                  Of the horses you have posted she is the highest quality by far


                    That looks much better compared to the last video. I would still ditch the martingale. Unless you're heading to Congress, she doesn't need to be so framed at this point. I've found it's better to adjust expectations during growthy 'I need to use my head and neck' phases rather than force the head and neck down.
                    I would pick her over the others you've posted, take off the martingale, get her out of the arena, and aim for a fun and low key 3 year old year.