I have this very nicely behaved if not too well trained OTTB. She was given to me by my previous landlord and frankly well, she wasn't in too good of shape and I'm not too good of a rider, but I took lessons and she had some vetting, some training and a whole lot of food. Anyhow, she was retired from the track due to a broken knee, no details unfortunately and apparently a fractured shoulder as a yearling, but she ran 8 races, came in third on two, fourth in two and then trailed off. She has a great personality, the trainer who worked with her was real impressed, but it seems that a lot of TB's are nice gentle creatures with a real aim to please.
Anyhow, I've had her a year. I don't plan on showing, or jumping neither of these things interest me. She appears sound now, I do believe in future when she is older and not gently handled now, those injuries will be an issue. I realize this will put her at a disadvantage in future, but not much I can do about that. I'm only really interested in doing some trails, road riding. Nothing too strenuous. Anyhow, just interested in what other's think of her conformation. I think she's a bit long backed. Other than that, what do I know? I was just given this broken down ribby thing and trying to make something of her! Thanks for your time!
For your intended use, I don't see any glaring faults. She is a bit weak in the hind, but that will fill in as she gets in better shape. I would suggest you not ride her on pavement, rocks, or other very hard surfaces, though, and put her on a joint supplement. She is very likley to develop arthritis in her shoulder and knee from the injuries, and the less stress you place on them the longer she will be sound...
Her left front knee looks a little swollen. Is that the one that broke? But I would definitely put her on a joint supplement. I would also try to ice her knee to maybe get some of that swelling down. She's a cutie though:) Posted via Mobile Device
Our left or her left? Her injury was over a year ago and she's been cleared by a vet. Might be perspective as her right front is ahead of her left so looks bigger.
Thanks for the tips. Any joint supplements you recommend? Are supplements useful prophylatically? Posted via Mobile Device
Prophylactic use is really the only use that is recognized as definitely beneficial...it helps prevent (or at least delay) cartilage loss. Once the cartilage is gone, or torn up beyond repair, joint supplements are of limited value, if any. Cosequin is one of the better known supplements, but IMO generic glucosamine and chondroitin work just as well and are much cheaper...the packaging and advertising have nothing to do with the ingredients...
[QUOTE=Kattia;1247662]Our left or her left? Her injury was over a year ago and she's been cleared by a vet. Might be perspective as her right front is ahead of her left so looks bigger.
Thanks for the tips. Any joint supplements you recommend? Are supplements useful prophylatically? Posted via Mobile Device[/QUOTE
Our left. It's probably just the view though. Everyone at our barn swears by Smartpak. We have a 29 year old horse on their joint supplements and he still does w/t/c daily and has never had any issues with his joints. Posted via Mobile Device
No bone chip as far as I know. Can't say what happened to her shoulde/ wither. Got her for free after she changed hands numerous times and repeated times to contact her track trainer has left me with no clear information as to what has happened to her. Posted via Mobile Device
Getting some x-rays might be a good idea, to determine just how sound she is. A good vet could probably figure out just what kinds of breaks she had based on cartilage wear and scar tissue, and you'll have more to work with as far as which suppliments you should get to keep her healthy and happy.