My family recently took in a mare that needs some TLC. I won't get into the details, but prior to our getting her just a couple weeks ago, she had lost quite a bit of weight and her feet hadn't been trimmed in some time. She's approximately 4 or 5 years old, a Kiger mustang mare.
This girl really needs a home... and my family is seriously considering taking her. The thing is, her conformation is less than ideal. She has a longish back, a smallish hip, and a straightish stifle. But... is there anything to say that she can't be a good using horse? Do you see anything wrong to such a degree that she might not be sound for riding?
Keep in mind that while she has regained most of her weight since her tougher times, she still has quite a bit of muscle to rebuild. Her topline is pretty much missing, but hopefully we can get it back soon. Her feet are also terrible, but we're working hard on getting them taken care of... (I'm crossing my fingers that she'll stand well for the farrier tomorrow).
Bottom line: am I crazy if I take on this mare?
There's this really interesting thing about her movement too. You see... she floats, and she glides. She reaches through and pushes off with her hind legs better than I've seen plenty of other horses do.