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which mare would you pick & why?

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        04-29-2012, 11:14 AM
      #21
    Foal
    Initially I like the brown mare as I prefer that color and like her chrome, looks to have substance. I do see a bump on her front but my gelding has something like that and it's a calcification from an old injury that has no effect on him, sounds like her is cosmetic only. I do think she's cow hocked, has a hump in her loin area that doesn't quite look like a roach but something with her spine that I would have checked out, narrow through the chest and a rather large head for her body. If she's a mustang then that's ok because it's breed appropriate and with her feathering and bone I am thinking she might be a mustang. I do like her shoulder, hip depth and legs. SO even with those flaws I think I'm still going to go with the brown. Not sure she's breeding quality but again, the photos don't do her justice and she's in baby shape which is not always flattering.
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        04-29-2012, 11:22 AM
      #22
    Trained
    I really do like the brown mare better. Her back is a little long and her shoulder is a little upright, but overall, she's WAY better than the pally.
         
        04-29-2012, 11:31 AM
      #23
    Started
    Yes baby condition does make them look less than stellar i'd say. You are correct, these mares are both mustangs and fresh off the range so no option for pre-purchase exams or anything like that that a buyer would have for a "normal" buy. Heck I couldn't even touch these horses (probably) before adopting one. Granted I do know their ages because I have a friend at the BLM but still... most people wouldn't know that right off either. :P
         
        04-29-2012, 12:11 PM
      #24
    Showing
    I still like the brown better too. She just has more substance, though she is in the realm of "I hope she's got a great personality because she's lacking in the beauty department" LOL. Her head is a bit big and clunky and makes her short, skinny neck look even shorter and skinnier.

    However, I know how much of a physical change can happen with those types of horses when they start getting good feed and some balance, consistent work.
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        04-29-2012, 12:41 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    The Pally looks young, if so she may grow into herself better.
    The brown I would not choose. Besides the huge splint or whatever that is, her pasterns & fetlocks appear enlarged, possibly swollen, especially the hinds, even overlooking the hair.
    Her back is not good & she will be hard to fit a saddle. Her shoulder & hip angles are not close to matching & she generally does not look balanced. She does have a nice expression.

    Is she nursing 2 babies in the first picture?
         
        04-29-2012, 12:51 PM
      #26
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by natisha    
    The Pally looks young, if so she may grow into herself better.
    The brown I would not choose. Besides the huge splint or whatever that is, her pasterns & fetlocks appear enlarged, possibly swollen, especially the hinds, even overlooking the hair.
    Her back is not good & she will be hard to fit a saddle. Her shoulder & hip angles are not close to matching & she generally does not look balanced. She does have a nice expression.

    Is she nursing 2 babies in the first picture?
    I agree I do not like the brown at all Her legs are a mess between the bumps and the swelling I just feel she's not sound. I would choose the paint as she appears clean legged and a bit younger. Plus she foals gorgeous babies.
         
        04-29-2012, 12:55 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    If you look at the browns hind legs along with the palomino beside her both their legs are a mess just nasty swelling going on.

    To me I would think there is alot of lack of care going on
         
        04-29-2012, 02:32 PM
      #28
    Started
    These are BLM mustangs so lack of care is kind of hard to quantify/qualify... ;)
         
        04-29-2012, 03:51 PM
      #29
    Foal
    Ok, now that my suspicious are confirmed (mustangs) then I still really like the brown. I don't think the pasterns are wonky, it really looks like hair to me. If you look at them in every picture and then picture them clipped, the pasterns are fine. The calcifiction on her front leg is normal for the lifestyle they've had, hard knocks and whatnot. I think the pally's bone is too light and has many more flaws than the brown. She will grow into her head with fitting up and you can more than likely address any spinal concerns with chiropractic.
         
        04-29-2012, 04:01 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    I also prefer the palomino. I like the white on her foal. But I guess my opinion also depends on what you want to use them for? Typically people don't adopt mustangs to stock their broodmare herd, so foal quality may not be a concern?
         

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