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    12-10-2011, 02:42 PM
She's just weakly built all over. Getting her hooves fixed will help some (her feet are kind of a mess right now), but she's still very fine-boned, with delicate pasterns, and some kind of gaited-looking sickle hock and steep croup behind. Her pasterns are actually very, very weak. I would never ride or work her without having her fitted in Iconoclast splint boots, and I would never ask her to run at high speeds or ask her to carry a lot of weight. I'd also talk to my farrier about possible corrective shoeing/trimming options to minimize the stress on her tendons and ligaments.
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    12-10-2011, 07:02 PM
Yes, I agree with Bubba13. I would do the splint boots. I think she will make a lovely trail horse. She has great eye appeal with her color. Congrats!
    12-10-2011, 07:17 PM
Green Broke
I agree about her pasterns, they kind of scared me when I first saw them. I wouldn't do anything to strenuous with her, to be honest. I would say trail, kind of an all around fun horse. Depending on her gaits she might be okay for lower level dressage work.
    12-10-2011, 07:59 PM
I do have to ask about her hooves. My farrier is coming DEC- 18 and he has said nothing about her hooves. Also she is only 2 so I figured she has a lot of growing and muscle gaining. I'll ask mt farriers about it but I do think there is nothing wrong with her feet. And like I said she is only 2 not yet started on her training so I figure she will gain more muscle. She will also get her first set of shoes dec- 18. And only had one trimming.
    12-10-2011, 08:03 PM
Green Broke
I don't think it's really a matter of feet and muscling. All the muscle in the world won't fix the week pasterns, it's a conformation issue, and sadly one I don't think she will grow out of either. Usually foals, yearlings etc are the other way with their ankles pasterns, so if anything they might get worse.
    12-10-2011, 08:07 PM
Ok. I will probably just use her for a trail horse for my niece. Though I will say I think theres nothing wrong with her feet. I'm about to post some more pictures of her and some of her year old sister.
    12-10-2011, 08:08 PM
Here are a few of her sister
    12-10-2011, 08:27 PM
I do see the weak pasterns. How about this horse,(they are diffrent horses
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    12-10-2011, 08:46 PM
She's cute :) How old is she?

The first thing I noticed are her pasterns, and how long they are- my sister's mare has pasterns like hers, and we had to get supports for them, but other than that, she was a good gymkana horse for local, non-competitive shows. I bet she'll have some smooth gates, which would make her a nice relaxing trail horse.
She has a nice hind end, and downhill build- I think that over all, she's going to have a good turn and good acceleration/ sprinting, which is what you need for doing gymkhana events like barrels. The problem is how weak her pasterns are... kind of scary.

She does have a weak build, but I think she'll be a good barrel horse, or gymkhana horse, at lower levels/ local competitions, non- competitive, with supports and good shoeing. I don't think she'd be the horse you need if you're looking to get really into barrels and such, though.
Can you post a video of her? :)

Oh. And as for her sister, that horse will make a nice barrel horse. She doesn't have a weak build at all- She's compact, too, so she'll probably have speed, and a nice hind-end, which is what matters. I actually would never have realized that the two horses were related. I can see the second horse doing roping, too.
    12-10-2011, 09:47 PM
The other horse is quite a bit better, but looks like she might be wormy.

And yes, the first filly is suffering from long toe, low heel syndrome on her front hooves. Which is just putting all the more strain on her pasterns.

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