Horse Shopping

I’m looking for my next dressage partner. I thought I’d take you along on my horse shopping adventures. Maybe we can find a good fit for me out there.

Check out the horses below, and then take the poll on which horse you would choose from this bunch.

The best so far:

Vessel Seven – $2,000
Breed: Thoroughbred (raced)
Age: 6
Height: 15.2
Video: 


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He seems downhill from this pic. I looked on another site and yup, he’s very downhill. But his canter is cute and he looks like a trooper.

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Marshmellow Martini– $1,500
Breed: Thoroughbred (raced)
Age:  4
Height: 16.2
Mild old bow.
Video: No video available.
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I haven’t seen video on him. The old bow concerns me. And he’s tall. Not sure he’ll fit in my trailer.

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Farasi – $4,800
Breed: Thoroughbred (unraced)
Age: 5
Height: 15.2
Youtube: http://youtu.be/3nqqS7kJzEQ

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I really, really like this one.

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Araffi – $5,500
Breed: Friesian/Arab
Age: 4
Height: 15
Youtube: http://youtu.be/YI7x_pqNsTM

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Meh. Not a very good bum. Has the Arab butt.

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Gala – 3,500 Canadian
Breed: Dutch Harness Hackney X
Age: 6
Height: 15.2
Youtube: http://youtu.be/86KTZk5QrFY
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I like this one even though I think the leg action is a bit much. I like how when she jumps into canter she starts from behind.

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Select the horse you like best:

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5 thoughts on “Horse Shopping

  1. My TB has an old bow from sometime in his racing past. I think it’s past mild, but not severe. He evented on it until I decided to swap his front boots from his Professionals Choice Sports Medicine boots to Dalmar XC boots (I wanted the strike protection). He strained it and spent a couple months getting sound again. We evented for another summer after that, but he strained it again (not as badly) on very poor xc footing. We changed to straight dressage and I spent a lot of time walking and slow trots on very hard surfaces (hard packed dirt road or paved road). Knock on wood, he’s been sound and manages 3rd-4th level work with no problem. I still road hack him to keep “legging up” his bow. I also give him 20,000mg of MSM every day. It’s minimal upkeep now that he’s not jumping much, and he does well working in fleece lined brush boots. I wouldn’t write off a nice TB with an old healed bow, but he would have to be pretty nice! My horse is also 16.2, and I have a 7′ inside height to my trailer, and he fits just fine, and I’ve had a 17.0hh TB in there that fit. I am also a sucker for a chestnut TB.

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    • That’s encouraging Jan! I was worried that going up the levels would strain a bow too much to hold up. But it sounds like I’m being overly concerned.

      Sounds like I don’t need to worry about the trailer height either. 🙂 That’s great news, because it was really limiting my choices in horses.

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    • I’m going to agree with Jan here on trailer height and being a total sucker for a chestnut TB. I have a big boned 16hh tb who trailers in my dinky horse 7′ tall trailer just fine. We’ve had horses up to 16.3 in there, and they’ve done fine. I think length is more important than height, really. I just make sure I trailer with a head bumper on.

      That said, I liked the chestnut mare a lot. And, I wanted to like the hackney cross, too. That knee action can be tamed down into something really nice, but you often have to be careful with the canter with breeds like that. Lack of a good canter will leave you stranded at lower levels, sometimes. That said, I did see a hackney at the US Dressage Finals this year. Maybe check out that video?

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      • This horse trailer I have seems to have plenty of length. I know Ava’s got tons of space behind her when I haul her. I’ll have to measure and see how much space I’ve really got.

        I looked up the hackney and found the video of the ride at the nationals. Beautiful horse, and nice riding, but I bet it was hard to get that horse to swing correctly through. Kind of looked odd with the front end doing can-can dancing. Still… the friesians are a horror to get over their backs too, so I’ve already got a bunch of tools to help with that. Might be worth a look if Farasi doesn’t pan out.

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