Bred pigeon toed mare - how much should this effect her price?

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    01-05-2012, 01:45 PM
Bred pigeon toed mare - how much should this effect her price?

We have a mare that we have been trying to sell, we've had her since she was two, she is now 6, and in the last 6 months we have really started noticing her feet are getting more crooked the older she gets. As a 2 yr old, she showed no signs of being crooked, but the vet has recently confirmed that she is now pigeon toed with bench knees, which basically means her joints don't line up correctly. Unfortunately, she was accidently bred by our stud when he got out at my grandpa's house. She is now about 7 months pregnant, and turns out pigeon toes may turn out to be hereditary to her foal. We have had her for sale for about $1100, because although she is very well bred, she has only had about 30 days of riding, and is still very green for a 6 yr old. We now have to consider how much to drop her price because of the pigeon toe-ness. The vet said she will eventually get some arthritis, so she would not be a mare you could do a lot of hard riding with, or one you would really want to breed for that matter. Any opinions?? Nice ones only please :)
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    01-05-2012, 04:13 PM
Broodmares are really hard to sell these days. It's a buyers market and folks who are still breeding will rightfully only pick the best of the best. Excellent pedigree AND conformation. Without knowing her pedigree to judge a base price without the pigeon toes, I would guess maybe 200.00 to someone who can put some training into her for a light riding family horse.

Other than your vet, have you had any type of barefoot hoof specialist look at her? Have x-rays been done? We've taken in some rescues that were written off as hopeless by regular equine vets but straightened out over time with proper barefoot hoof care. Has she ever worn shoes? If the vet you saw is a specialist, then I'd probably take his/her word for it, though.

Good luck with your mare. She has a sweet face.
    01-05-2012, 04:51 PM
My mare is pigeon toed, but the whole leg is effected which is better than just the knee down. I had her legs xrayed and as they were clear I spent 3800 on her as a dressage horse.

But she has extremely nice paces and her bloodlines are fab.

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