Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
Absolutely not bothered by the head. Her close coupling is a huge plus for jumping and dressage. Strong back. Nice shoulder. Very proportional.
However, she appears to be sore in the front. She has an incredibly hind end when walking, but becomes painfully short streded at the trot. I have some experience with OTTB, and this is not uncommon, though, and should not immediately rule her out for consideration. Many of them have their shoes unceremoniously pulled when put up for sale or sent to rehab (to save the owner money), leaving them sore for weeks. Also, trot is not a gate they practice often, as most work is done at the canter (and then, often favoring only one lead). The ground also looked hard.
I can't really tell in the pictures, but check that her pasterns are not too long (a common thing in OTTBs that isn't really conducive for a jumping prospect). Her leg bones look a bit fine for the size of her body, but again it's hard to tell from the video.
If you have the time and experience, a rescue is a noble and rewarding thing. Often, you can find a real gem in the rough this way. You just have to be willing to put in many hours or retraining and be sure you have either the experience to do so correctly or the hands-on professional help you'll need.
She is truly stunning, though.