20 yr old Belgian Warmblood mare

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    05-03-2013, 06:41 PM
20 yr old Belgian Warmblood mare

Ruby is a 17.2hh Belgian Warmblood mare. She used to jump for Britain and has won a decent amount of money and medals in her earlier years She then had two foals. And now here she is with us

Sorry, I know the photos are NOT ideal but it really is all I have of her at the moment. Critique?

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    05-03-2013, 06:44 PM
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She's going to be a MUCH bigger horse when she's put weight and condition on - I wouldn't critique her until then, you'll be amazed at how different she looks especially her back end
Why was she retired from jumping?
    05-03-2013, 06:48 PM
Originally Posted by jaydee    
She's going to be a MUCH bigger horse when she's put weight and condition on - I wouldn't critique her until then, you'll be amazed at how different she looks especially her back end
Why was she retired from jumping?
Yeah, she had a pretty tough time over winter, but has really improved the past couple of weeks

Well, the lady who owned her and competed was actually a dealer. She found another horse that was younger, so replaced Ruby. My boss/trainer is friends with her so we got Ruby. She is my favourite to ride! She is mostly used for flatwork now, but does jump occasionally.
    05-03-2013, 08:47 PM
Don't get why she needs to be 'much bigger' - granted condition looks like it could improve, but she needs little if any more weight.

Her hind end looks quite weak(is it just the angle of that 3rd pic that makes it look so severe??) & I'd want to get a bodyworker onto her. Maybe legacy of her jumping or otherwise unchangeable, but may be able to be improved.
    05-04-2013, 12:03 PM
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Snizard - you'll have a lot of fun with her - nice that she's found such a good home and a new job. She'll soon pick up.
loosie She is very lean for her breed and lacking condition. They are one of the bigger built warmbloods and at present she looks too angular with not enough flesh on her bones to build muscle on
This is a typical Belgium warmblood in condition for the fitness demanded for top level dressage
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    05-04-2013, 01:39 PM
My goodness, she's a handsome girl! Obviously she has held up in her sport.

I'm with Loosie in the weight department. But my world is different than yours. As a recreational and trail rider extra weight is often just extra pounds to pack around.
    05-06-2013, 06:13 PM
Yeah, the pictures don't really do her much justice to be honest. She's not quite as bad as they maker her out to be.

I too, don't think she needs much more "weight" put on, that's just the way she is. She just needs more conditioning... I think I adore her. She's good at what she does.
    05-06-2013, 07:53 PM
Jaydee, agree that she's lacking muscle, looking a little angular, lean built for a warmblood, but it's nothing to do with 'not enough condition' & breed. She is well covered.
    05-07-2013, 10:23 AM
Green Broke
Nice nice horse. At 20 and with her back ground she will teach you hugely.
    05-26-2013, 08:16 PM
This was me and her yesterday

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