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    12-29-2011, 05:30 AM
  #11
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She was actualy raced in 2004 and then reeducated in 2006 but since then she hasnt done anything so I am treating her as an off the track. She is absolutely gorgeous but I definetly wouldnt trust her not to take off!
So overall is her conformation good, average or a concern?
     
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    12-29-2011, 05:58 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by stefanixx    
So overall is her conformation good, average or a concern?
She has a super hind which most horses don't have and that's a big positive - as that's a key trait. Potentially lots of strength from that.

Overall I would rate her 'body type' as an average Thoroughbred, being neither outstanding nor poor. But on top of that she has that wonderful sprinters/QH shaped head with the blaze that many TB fans would die for.
     
    12-29-2011, 06:06 AM
  #13
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Originally Posted by stefanixx    
So overall is her conformation good, average or a concern?
Anyway, if your really keen get a perfect side on shot from lower down and from a greater distance and post it. She may look even better!
     
    12-29-2011, 06:10 AM
  #14
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Originally Posted by stefanixx    
Thankyou for all those comments :) Im aware her feet are shocking in that last photo :) she had been out for to months recooperating and gaining weight. That photo was just after she had been brought in for the first time. She was trialed and came last in all 3 of her trials haha so she is a bit of a slow one :P And yes she has the prettiest face I've ever seen on a thoroughbred, she knows it too haha. She isnt in much work at the moment so she isnt looking the best she could. Im starting her rebreaking soon :)

TB hooves are nearly often poor because they are shod at 2 or less when the internal hoof structures have not developed and the shoe prevents development (they should develop until the age of about 7), but with a high fibre diet and no low sugars and the correct balance of vits and minerals they can often improve no end :) My tb is barefoot and is has lovely hooves now and I know of man tbs over here that have had the supposed crap tb hooves and have gone on to compete barefoot. Read "Feet First" it is an excellent book on hoof development.
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    12-29-2011, 06:24 AM
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TB hooves are often poor because they are shod at 2 or less when the internal hoof structures have not developed and the shoe prevents development (they should develop until the age of about 7), but with a high fibre diet and low sugars and the correct balance of vits and minerals they can often improve no end :) My tb is barefoot and is has lovely hooves now and I know of many tbs over here that have had the supposed crap tb hooves and have gone on to compete barefoot. Read "Feet First" it is an excellent book on hoof development.

Sorry, quite a few typos in my last post, corrected above
     
    12-31-2011, 06:13 AM
  #16
Foal
Yeah she is currently getting rosehip in her feed which I've heard is great for strengthening the hooves. Her feet are fin if done every 6 or so weeks. They splay out when they get long and crack so if I keep them from getting long they are fine :)
Thanks horsegears you have been very helpful, Ill get a better pic in the morning and post it. As for the face, I agree that its stunning! She takes up to photo slots in my wallet, that's how gawjuzz she is haha
Heres some more pics, I just want to show off now and share her journey :P
I saved her from the sales, the meat man tryed to get her and that look she gave me and the way she hddle up to me because she was terrifyed of the loud auction, resulted in an impulse buy. I later found out this was her 3rd close call to death. In 2004 she was raced and was unsuccessful so her breeder/trainer left her in a paddock with 8 other horses for almost 3 years. When rescued 5 of the other horses had to be PTS because of there condition. She was saved and educated by a lovely lady then sold on. She spent 3 years after that dumped in a paddock. She got string halt in 2009 and a neighbour ended up footing the vet bills because the owner wanted nothing to do with it. She was down for weeks and almost got put to sleep. August 2011 she was sent to the sales to become dog food and now she is with me :) Tough life she has had. She was horribly underweight and unhealthy when I got her. Now she is fat and happy. :)
Photo 1: Ellie a few weeks after I got her (she was starting to fatten up by then )
Photo 2: Just a pretty one of her :P
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    12-31-2011, 06:22 AM
  #17
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This photo might be alright to judge her conformation. :)
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    12-31-2011, 08:15 AM
  #18
Foal
She appear a little further refined in this image.

I do like the hind, and she has a touch
Extra length to the rear cannon (Thoroughbreds
Usually have very short rear cannons) so
I see some good movement and under-reach
From the rear. I agree with your friends suggestion
In regard to dressage. :0

I don't know how good Thoroughbreds
Like this can be left without care after racing.
Its great she's found a home. Her condition
Has improved 100% (Congrats) I hope she's a
Keeper for you. Good luck :)
     
    12-31-2011, 09:26 PM
  #19
Foal
Definetly a keeper :) Wether she turns out as a good one to ride or not :)
     
    01-01-2012, 12:50 AM
  #20
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Originally Posted by Clava    
TB hooves are nearly often poor because they are shod at 2 or less when the internal hoof structures have not developed and the shoe prevents development (they should develop until the age of about 7), but with a high fibre diet and no low sugars and the correct balance of vits and minerals they can often improve no end :) My tb is barefoot and is has lovely hooves now and I know of man tbs over here that have had the supposed crap tb hooves and have gone on to compete barefoot. Read "Feet First" it is an excellent book on hoof development.
Perhaps in the UK and Australia, but there is far more to the picture here. Poor TB breeding practices have resulted in many TB's with poor hooves. Look to Big Brown as a prime example...3 generations of poor hooves, so let's breed him because he is fast...
     

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