Horse #3 sounds perfect for you!
I like the look of Jazz ,the second on in this series,I did get to see theses ads . The first one souns like a great horse as well, I just find the second to have a bit more eye appeal for me. I would bet interested to see video of both though , there is a little something niggling at me
I really like the third horse he reminds me of a horse I know, Snady, and looks the same when being ridden. The fourth one, not sure about him, his neck is ucky and he seems like his back is long and legs are short, but if he is as broke as the ad says and and a nice personality, those shouldnt be deal breaker.
My vote is for Drifter. I like horses with "character" for a blog. :)Either one seems worth seeing!
#1 looks solidly built and is a nice enough type - and he's a cutie (you know I like a chunky QH ;-)He's my pick of these two. The 2nd one looks decent but is harder to judge with tack and a rider on and some perspective problems in the pics, but he is standing a little camped under in front in one pic and you never get a good look at how the whole horse is put together. The comment about 'good stops' put me off a little - I don't know what that means, but it makes me think they getting him running and sliding/slamming on the brakes. I'd be concerned about possible damage done by that kind of riding...These are just off the cuff opinions from pictures. It's really hard to judge a horse from a picture, there is so much more needed than just a picture to make an informed opinion.
I like horse #3, just looks like a nice horse. but then seeing in the flesh would tell the tale, hands on is better. Good luck in finding your new horse; have fun!!
They both look like good, broke horses. I like Drifter better at first look and in the ad description too. He just looks to be a good balanced horse all around, thick and strong. His racing breeding might make him hot but you're used to that and also a horse with "using" bloodlines is much less likely to have hereditary problems like EPSM.Horse #4 looks like he may have a weak back if you were to see him without a saddle and I don't like the angle of his croup. But I would still consider him if I were looking for a horse. I like him, just not as much as the other. This is fun! I hope you have a lot of other potential horses for us to look at!
I like number three the best of all we've seen (even if he doesn't have spots!). His legs are the most substantial, with short cannons and well-muscled forearms and gaskins. He might be just a little short and straight in the pasterns. Although his neck is short and somewhat muscular, it's put on his shoulder a little higher. His withers aren't too well defined, but his back looks strong. The last horse has a little more refined head and throatlatch, but no definition to where his neck joins the chest; he also seems a little downhill. Both have nicely muscled hindquarters, though #4 has a very high croup for a QH (the angle of the hip doesn't match the shoulder or pastern angles).
btw, I think in a horse that isn't being used specifically for reining, a "good stop" probably just means that he is responsive and, hopefully, light in the bridle, which would be a good thing.
I vote for Drifter. He looks great and sounds great too!
Once again, two nice horses. I'm a bit partial to #3. I like the way his neck comes out of a nice sloping shoulder and I like the angle of his croup. I would, though, want a good look at his feet to make sure they are not too small. Horse #4 is nice too and the series of pictures in the ad show some nice movement there. But why don't they show a picture of him without a rider. Might be better able to see his overall balance without a saddle on.
Gosh Kate what a hard choice. I'm just going by the photos as I cant get to the adds. I have to say I love the black and white. I'm just a sucker for a nice coloured horse
Hi Kate -- I like #3. He looks like he could truck down the trails all day long. good looking legs, and feet. He's almost conformationally correct. He also has a nice calm look. I didn't like either of the paints but wasn't sure why I didn't like them so I didn't comment.
Ooh redheads! Hands down it's horse #3 in this round. I'd look at him for sure. What a cutie.
Jaz(#4) is from the same place I got Scout. These two horses are really similiar. The first horse is standing on an incline and the second is standing on a decline.
As far as breeding goes, same as with the paints--nothing spectacular or very marketable, so I'd definitely judge on the individual horse themselves :)
Sometimes I wonder if I rad the copy and get attracted to the persons writing style rather than the darn horse! Because some people are just better at writing than others. I don't know if the horse is better or if it's simply a better writer at work! Argh! In any case, I think they both look great, but I liked the description of the first chestnut a little better.
Two nice horses. Both look like they would be calm trail walkers and the bio says #3 has a ground covering walk.I'm not sure I like the way the tail is carried on #3, though. It may be nothing and I don't know a great deal about horses, I just notice it sits fairly close to his rump even when he's moving.#4 has a calm dignity about him (either that or his photographer is very good at his/her job!).
Both have lower knees than the previous horses which for me means more speed and ability. Both shoulders look the same, in fact both horses have a lot of similarities. Although it is hard to see the feet on #3 #4 has good big feet except maybe the backs look a little shallow. I think his back seems longer but I had a long backed horse once that was an awesome little horse, sound and working hard at the age of 24 and very athletic. I don't like the withers on #3. A lot bigger price on #4,eh? I like him though.
Ah. Chestnuts! My fave ;o) Actually I like the "look of eagles" of No. 4, but he looks a bit downhill (though hard to tell because he's tacked up). No. 2 is built more uphill and close-coupled. Am not sure about his throatlatch, either. No. 4's seems "cleaner."Better "conformation" photos ;o)
Of these two, I prefer #3. They both have nice breeding (4 has two good cutting horses, Bob Acre Doc and Peponita; #3 has speed in Bar Money and Jet Deck and Doc's Jack Frost is in the pedigrees of the Sun Frost line of barrel horses, also the driftwood line of horses that Ciderwood comes from are good minded, solid using horses)#3 has a long head, but you don't ride the head, and he looks really sensible.
Kate, I don't envy you....this can be hard but you're much like a detective and I like the way you think! I read on your previous post about exactly what and how you ask your questions and you're right on...my kind of gal! Here's just another opinion for you...I like #3 and you've probably had a run down of questions with the owner already by phone but if it were me....my driving time (5 hrs.) would be well spent with thinking of as many questions as I could possibly bark out tomorrow! LOL! He may not be as flashy as you'd like but there's definitely something that I like about him when I first viewed the two together on this post. You really cannot tell squat about either in these pics though. #3 looks as if he may have a longer head but it could be the angle? He also could have really nice feet. I like how he's put together, his croup does not bother me as much. I don't care for #4's neck placement out of the shoulder even if his head is smaller and refined. #3 looks like a sturdy guy and from another view he looked pretty balanced....a little overweight but not too bad. I'd take one with a personality and an owner who really cares about their horse verses a pretty chromed one that has the personality of a peanut and an owner who cannot answer questions. #4 does appear to have big feet but his back is longer than #3, however, it's not a grotesquely longer back...I've seen much worse so the performance probably isn't going to be affected. I have a longer backed horse (Slick) and it's the whole package that you have to look at not just one part. If they look and perform balanced that's what counts. What happened to horse #9 Genuine Hawkins? I saw he was sold on DH so I hopped on over to your blog to see if you were the proud new owner. Good luck tomorrow!
LuLo - thanks for your thoughts, I really appreciate them!Horse #9 - I turned him down based on a phone conversation - I think his soundness was questionable (at least to me based on the information I got). I wish his new owner good luck - he looked and sounded really nice except for that.
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