Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians
A wise horseman once said, "Look at the horse at 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months and then not again til 3 years.". What he meant was avoid being over critical at the gawky stages (yearling uglies ring a bell?) and to wait until the horse has had time to develop a bit once they've past the "baby adorable" phase. This little filly is only 2 and still growing, which she'll likely do until she's 5 PLUS she's being rehabbed from being uncared for. She looks a whole lot better than she did in her first 2 pics and in 6 more months she'll look a whole lot better than she did in the 2nd set of pics. Because she was not cared for, she may lack the tone in her legs to correct the cow hocked stance that many young horses have in the beginning. They lose that stance once they are steady on their feet, eating well and playing to build the muscle and tone needed to hold their legs straight. If she was kept in a small corral or stall, she may not have ever had the chance to correct that.
So rather than say something that may end up not true later on, I want to wait and see this filly again in 6 months and at that point I may say something. Right now I don't see anything wrong with her that good groceries, exercise and time won't cure.
We DO get so wrapped around in pedigrees and bloodlines that we miss a perfectly good animal standing in front of us, and I'm one of the WORST in that regard. Helping out an animal who doesn't have all your "must have criteria" is pretty pure selflessness and needs to be applauded. Good job Muumi, she's looking awesome, keep it up.
Thanks so much for your kind and awesome words... they are really helping me to get a little more grounded and a lot less stressed.
Before I picked her up, I went to visit all the youngsters at the facilities where they were kept to pick her, and as far as I could see, they were kept their entire lives in small pens, so when she arrived home with me, what struck me was that more than just being skinny, she just had no muscle whatsoever... her neck was hollow, from the back her thighs were gaunt, her chestbone stuck out, and I could see every bone in her spine.
It was so hard for me to pick one of the youngsters back then... they were all really scared and in bad shape, and it was a very overwhelming situation for me, that I didn't feel in control of.
Ugh... I have a lot to say about where she came from, etc... but its just quite hard to talk about.
Anyway, you're right... I realise now that I'm judging her at the worst possible time now... she is starting to fill out in all the previously hollow places, but she is far from developed, and on top of that, she is still growing.
I think I will stop worrying for now... and start exercising her more actively, as many people suggested, and keep up with the groceries, and then update in 6 months or so... hopefully it will be a pleasant surprise!
She is a terribly sweet little lady... with regards to her personality, I couldn't really have asked for anything more.
Thanks so much for your input and support, Dreamcatcher, it means a lot to me.