Buying a Large Thoroughbred, Confo Critique

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  1. PeterPumpkin

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    Hey all!

    I am looking to purchase this 5 year old ottb thoroughbred gelding he is 17.1hh to be used as an eventer. What do you all think?
     
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    ~tiffy~ Senior Member

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    If he was plain bay would you still like him?
    He has decent bone in his legs which should help him hold up for a sport like eventing.
    But his ewe neck and steep croup leave a lot to be desired....
    conditioning and schooling are essential for a big bodies horse like him as well. Make certain he knows where his legs are and how to use them. Otherwise jumping solid jumps is even more of a danger than it already can be.
     
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    I'd pass. The horse does not have the conformation needed for a sport like jumping and eventing.
     
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    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    What level eventing are you aiming for with this horse?

    The photos aren't ideal, but he's certainly lacking quite a bit of topline muscling. To the point I have to ask if anyone is even riding him or turning him out!
     
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    As the owner of a 16.3hh thoroughbred who is barely being ridden - I have the same thoughts. Also, he used to be an eventer? He's only 5!
     
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    He’s an off the track horse no training other than racing. Looking to do eventing with him
     
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    Ms_Pigeon Senior Member

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    I read it the same way the first time, but OP says he's to be used as an eventer, not that he used to be an eventer.

    I had the same initial reaction, though. :)
     
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    Love his bone. The neck will change with proper work.
    That rear end though .... he’s lacking some engine.

    And honestly , horses that big are harder to deal with in tight courses and technical jumps.
     
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    We need better pix. From those, the long pasterns are poor shock absorbers; he would be comfortable to ride, but That's at the expense of his suspensories and tendons. Goose rumped if he is camped out, which it looks like he is, with the small back end and heavy shoulder, his ability to push off from behind and landing heavy on the weak pasterns= vet bills and lack of usability.
    I would get him for dressage or hacking, not for eventing.
     
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    Has he been tried over obstacles, for example in the jumping chute?
     
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