Monday, October 11, 2010

Two Mares To Compare

Here are two more horses I'm interested in looking at.

Here is horse #13 and her ad:


And here is horse #14 and her ad:


The two of them together would make a good trip for me, if my calls with the sellers result in my wanting to see them.  I also have put a call in to the owner of horse #2.  We'll see what those calls produce, but in the interim, what do you think?

25 comments:

  1. So I like #14... Here's why.. Gypsies are calm calm calm, steady eddy and hardy!!! Nice feet and legs. The only thing I caution is if heavy feather on the legs, scratches are common (the fungus). This girl doesn't look like she has feather unless they shave / trim it.

    Mix a Gypsy with a good stock QH and you got one nice animal =)

    I know exactly where Otter Lake MI is. It's by my home town. Can you say SNOW and ICE and nasty weather???

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  2. NO 14 CINDER!!!!!! OOOHHHH I really like her. Great video - shows a lot. Yes her flat work needs work but Kate I really don't think it would take you long to bring her a long but I think you could still take her straight out on the trail with no problems!. I think you could even take her out through the snow and she would give you her best. Why can't I be in America!!!!! I like her age and her price. GO AND LOOK AT HER!!!!

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  3. Number 13 makes me sad. Sounds like me if I had to sell Bodhi (though I do not think he is as green as this horse is at this point)

    Very sweet looking mare but I hear green don't you?

    Number 14 peaks my interest. Not b/c she is GV cross in fact that is always a red flag for me (just because of the fad not because of the horse) However this horse, has nice conformation and looks to have had a variety of different experiences. She looks to me like she could succeed in the dressage arena and on trail. I really do like draft minds and if you could get one in a compact quarter type body then that is a great deal

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  4. Kate, I viewed videos of both and I like #14, she's a good mover. I'm sure #13 is good also but her videos were not helpful in seeing how she goes because they're filmed coming toward the camera verses a walk, trot and canter around in a circle. Maybe she doesn't have a place to show that, however, it is obvious that these two horses move differently. It could be a plus that #13 has only had one trainer/owner and it could be a minus as well depending upon her methods. I would have lots of questions for her. It's always funny to me that people show despooking (tarp) while a horse is eating grass....my horses would all choose grass over fear any day! LOL! I get a really good feel from #14 and how she's been handled according to what's shown on the video.

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  5. I agree with all the comments so far--from the video #14 moves good and looks intelligent and athletic. She could go any way you want to take her. I like the way she handled different situations--the cows being moved and the trail obstacles. She looked confident.

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  6. I like #14. I am partial to draft type horses, particularly if they are dark. :-) She has enough draft to make her solid without looking heavy. I like how calm she is in the field and in paddock with cows and chickens. She did not have to be held as her feet were lifted and I liked the size of her feet. I also liked the way she moved. Looks like you could bring her home and take her straight out on the trails.

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  7. I like the ad to horse number 14,as it seems honest enough. I'm also rather partial to Paints and 2002 Paints for that matter myself :) BUT the owner doesn't provide a lot of good pictures. The videos would have been a plus if they hadn't just been of the horse coming towards you. I would definitely ask for more pictures/ information. Also, this horse sort-of screams green to me, though it's hard to tell, and I wonder why she's only asking $1700 for a horse she paid $2500 for (considering she says she's had the horse since it was a weanling and she's put some miles on it) it might just be for a quick(er) sell, but just something to think about...

    I also like horse number 14. Draft crosses can be great! I REALLY like this horse!

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  8. sorry that first part was supposed to say horse number 13, not 14! oops!

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  9. WOW I am loving Cinder, beautiful and very talented too! I would be heading out to look this one over for sure!! Love draft crosses too and I feel that Gilly may have some draft in him. Just the big solidness of him makes me think so.
    Can't wait to hear about her if you go see her! Nice looker.

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  10. Of all the horses you've considered, I like 14 best by far.

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  11. Draft cross. No contest in my mind. You can't spook those horses with a firecracker under their tail.

    :)

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  12. I like #14 a lot! She has the bling with that gorgeous blue roan coloring and she appears to have a very quiet, unflappable type of personality in that video. I would definitely be going to look at her.

    Horse #13, something about the whole ad turned me off, probably because she was $2500 as a weanling and $1700 now. Maybe that is just b/c the owner really needs to sell though. I suspect the mare is very green.

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  13. Definitely #14, she has nice conformation and she obviously has a good mind. She also looks like she's been backed by decent riders and you won't have much fixing to do.

    #13 has a very cute face but she looks like she might be butt high. Her owner also hangs on her face too much, you'd have quite a bit of retraining to do.

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  15. I still like #2, the paint mare. These two are nice, but you won't know any more about them until you talk to the owners and maybe see them. Same goes for my pick. Good luck.

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  16. #14 is my favorite thus far, out of the lot you've shared with us. It sounds like she's enjoyable to ride, she's a nice mover, she's got some trail experience, and my guess is she's not very spooky if she's naturally "cowy." (I love that!) Plus she's got a very sweet expression and very good conformation, from what I can tell. The gypsy cross also gives her the bone you're looking for. I hope your call with her seller goes well!

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  17. The photos of #13 don't tell you much but she might be worth a look #14 I like , I would definitly take a look at her!

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  18. I got a message from #14's seller - she may already be sold but I'll know more when I speak to the seller. There's something about #13 - poor videos and she's not got a huge amount of training - but how much trail has she done? If she's calm and has done a lot of trail, the rest can be shaped. She also shares a bloodline with my Noble - Coy's Bonanza - she has it on the bottom, he had it on the top.

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  19. Of the two, #14 is the one to look at- the ad for 13 bothered me and threw up some red flags, although she looks like a nice quiet mare. 14 is interesting, if she is still for sale. My first impression of her was Oh Wow!
    But I'm still a fan of 12.

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  20. I like all round kind of horses like 14.

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  21. number 14 sounds like a really nice horse, sounds like shes done a lot. Definitly worth a chance to take a look at.

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  22. Hmmmmmm Kate you have a tough decision with this new horse . How to choose???. I know you have a great list to work through to determine what you want but you have selected some lovely horses and wow I hope you get something really lovely at the end!!!!

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  23. Seems to be unanimous -- Cinder #14. She has a beautiful neck. And you know me, I'm all about the great temperament of draft crosses.

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  24. I'm with Cinder too, if she is not sold. I love draft crosses.

    #13? Not too keen about all the head tossing as she moves off in the video, but it'a really hard to tell much about her otherwise from those videos.

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  25. I agree with everyone else-- #14 is a nice looking mare! I hope she's still available, as it looks like she could have a lot of potential for you.

    Mary

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