Friday, February 15, 2013

Some Fun Looking at Horses for Sale . . .

Do you ever, for fun, look at sale ads for horses on line?  I like to do this sometimes, and although it's fun, it's also a little sad, since I can't have the horses I find, or even go see them - I already have three fine horses to ride and more would (probably) be too much.

But occasionally I do some searching on the horse sale sites . . .   Those of you who were around for the Great Horse Search in 2010 - that resulted in my getting both Pie and Red - will remember that I had fairly specific search criteria in terms of conformation.  I also have fairly strong opinions about QH pedigrees, and what I do and don't like to see in them.  I wanted a QH (there are plenty of other nice horses, but QHs are most familiar and comfortable to me) - registered only so I'd know the bloodlines - either mare or gelding, color/markings not important, between 4 and 12 years old, between 14.3 and 15.3 hands, and for sale for under $5,000.  I'm generally not interested in horses bred to win in halter, and horses bred/trained for Western pleasure are of little interest to me - I don't fancy the build or bloodlines there for the most part.  I'm not in the market for a competitive cutting, reining or barrel horse, but those bloodlines are fine. Horses bred for all-round ranch work appeal to me. Some of these opinions, maybe most of them, are just biases, but I'm fine with that - it made the search easier.  I'm looking for an intelligent, willing and athletic horse, with excellent soundness and conformation, starting from the feet up (bad feet are an automatic disqualification) - every horse has good points and bad points but I'd like a good overall package.  The horse had to be started under saddle, and the more experienced the horse, the better. And, even when I found horses to consider, I did a fairly extensive e-mail and phone follow up to get a lot more information and photos.  I  was always looking to find a reason - particularly related to conformation or soundness - to say no.

So, just for fun, and assuming that I was in the market for another horse, here are three candidates for your consideration - let's have some fun.  In the days of my horse search, all three of these might have been candidates for some follow up.

Horse number 1

Horse number 2

Horse number 3

Tell me what you think, and I'll tell you what my questions might be about each horse - and see if you notice what I did about horse number 3's name . . .


19 comments:

  1. From the sales flyers alone, I would only be interested Horse #1, even though he's a bit shorter than I prefer for my long legs. I love his overall balance, his neck set, his pretty head with alert, kind expression, and the way he stands under himself. I'd want to see him untacked, though, and video of how he moves.

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    1. He resembles Red quite a bit in built and presentation, and they share some common breeding. He's that same short-coupled, althletic-looking build. His head and neck are very nice - he also has the same pretty head that Red does.

      But there would be a lot more I was interested in finding out.

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  2. I like #3 - Cake. He has a nice forward look, intelligent. I have been impressed with the horses that are trained for mounted shooting.

    Dan

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    1. He did seem from the ad as though he were pretty solid and had lots of different experiences.

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    2. And in appearance and way of going he reminds me a lot of Pie, although he's smaller (which would be a good thing for me).

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  3. YES! I do search for horses all the time! I want to have a second horse for my husband but we really cannot afford it until we have our own place to keep them.

    What makes me sad is that when I was searching for a horse there was one horse that was too short for me otherwise I would have taken her home and another got sick when I was going to have my trainer look at him...I still see ads for them for sale. I would easily take them both home if I had my own acerage!!!

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  4. I liked the mare, and this is a pertinent subject for me as I'm currently looking for a new one to replace two of mine. It was really interesting to see how horses are advertised in the US, a bit different to the UK.

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  5. You and I both like the red ones, huh, Kate!! I like #1 because he's a gelding. I'm not much for mares, though I've owned and known many "girls" that are just fine when they are in season. The third one is an example of a horse that has some conformation issues but is serviceable, tractable, and willing. You have a good eye.

    My preference is for a taller horse--16.2hh or so. My current OTTB is 16 and a smidge and while he's athletic as all getout, he's short coupled to the point where I have to work to find him with my legs. Not much there for him to take up my leg, for sure.

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    1. The red was just an accident - but then chestnuts/sorrels are the most common color in QHs. I've actually never owned a red horse before Pie and Red.

      On height, I'm getting old enough that being able to get on and off easily is a big consideration for me. Pie, at 16 hands, is at the outer limit of what I can deal with. I'm also tall - almost 5'10" - but find that the stockier, shorter QHs often fit my let bettter than the taller, thinner built TBs.

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    2. My TB is anything but thin--he's got a lot of bone and looks very much like a warmblood OR an appendix QH with some height. His dam's sire was Bold Lad and either he or HIS sire Bold Ruler were known for putting bone on their offspring. That said, I totally understand about being able to get on/off easily. I never could just swing myself up onto a horse's back (my first horse was 15hh) and now that I'm 30 years OLDER, I have issues climbing a mounting block (sort of kidding ;o)

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  6. I'd be inclined to Cake, the #3 horse.... Pie and Cake, hmmmm....
    I just like his overall calm look, and you can't beat Mr. San Peppy breeding; the Jackie Bee horses too are excellent for all round use.

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  7. I looked at all 3 ads, but I really couldn't look past #1. There is something so sweet and sad looking in that photo, I would have to meet him first, ride him and try like heck to find something wrong with him before I could think of another horse.

    I also look from time to time, but with a 4 stall barn and all 4 filled, I know I'm not going to really look.

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  8. Oh man, that's tough. I guess for me it would come down to how hard i was really planning to work the horse. I prefer geldings so I just looked at 1 & 3. Number 1 looks to me like a good quality horse, I can't pick on him for anything. personally, I like the overall look of 3 better, I like a rangier maybe more appendix-style horse.And I love his attitude and versatity and history. only one thing worries me about him. His front pasternsseem a little long and light to me. I'd be a little concerned how he might hold up long term. but that maybe just my eyes, and I'm not famous for my conformational sense. if I met him and liked him i'd probably get him anyway, just bearing it in mind, and maybe triple-checking my legging-up program with the slow work.

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  9. I like the look of #3 Cake, I love how he looks like he is calm with younger children.

    I to spend hours looking at horses that are for sale, but I have to agree with one of the above comments while all the horses look nice, they would be too small for me as I prefer something that is between 16hh and 17hh but that's just preference and I can totally understand why you don't have the bigger horses :)

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  10. I'm inclined to like Number 1 the best, mostly because he seems like my kind of horse. Number 2 is really lovely, but since she's a mare, she'd not top my list--I like the boys. Number 3? Nice looker too and certainly seems well "Broke." But why hasn't anyone posted a decent conformation shot?

    I'd like to see #1 and #3 without saddles and #2 just kind of standing there--although I do like her engagement at the canter/gallop.

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  11. If I was looking for a child/beginner safe horse, it would be Cake. I love his conformation and he just looks like a horse who has been there, done that and one I could trust.

    I don't think I'd pick any of the others for myself, but that's because I prefer TBs. :)

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  12. Looking for faults on Number One, I'd say perhaps a touch lighter on bone than I would like, but that I'd really want to see him without a saddle. From the level of it and his build, he looks like he has a low back. If not, he is quite a cutie.
    Number Two is hard to judge. Her front feet look a little long, and she isn't that far under herself in back, but she certainly is better than Number Three, who seems kind and solid but downhill and conformation wise not a horse I'd be interested.

    Overall, One is probably most likable, provided his back is not dropped

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  13. Definitely drawn to horse number 1. Just something about him that is likable. If I wanted a gelding...and a quarter horse...he is one that speaks to me. Very cute.

    I've actually not done any sales surfing since getting my current horse...until just the day before you posted this which is funny! But in my case I was on the hunt for a very specific horse. I'd accidentally stumbled across the fact that my mare's sister is still registered in the same name as she was three years ago when she was listed for sale and I wanted to see if perhaps she was still listed somewhere. Kinda glad I didn't find her...I don't have room for a second horse just yet! lol

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  14. I do remember the "search" (and your penchant for redheads *laugh*). I poke around looking at ads once in awhile, too (just for fun though, as I think we're good with the numbers we have ;o)

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