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post #1 of 8 Old 01-28-2013, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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OTTB poss. adopting, good conformation?

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This OTTB mare is 3 years old, 15 h (approx) and OTTB...she's still actually at the track. Can you please critique her conformation? I am thinking about adopting her. Thank you!!![IMG]

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-28-2013, 05:47 PM
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Personally, I'm not a fan of her. She's downhill, wasp waisted, and seems to have no substance to her bone. She has pretty long pasterns as well as long cannon bones. I think she has a sweet face, but I personally would not consider her. There are SO many horses out there needing homes at low prices, so I'd keep looking.
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Personally, I'm not a fan of her. She's downhill, wasp waisted, and seems to have no substance to her bone. She has pretty long pasterns as well as long cannon bones. I think she has a sweet face, but I personally would not consider her. There are SO many horses out there needing homes at low prices, so I'd keep looking.
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She's really gentle, that's disappointing. But thank you very much for your critique.
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Give her time to let down. She is just 4 years old.. on the Thoroughbred Jan 1 is her birthday calendar.

She is leggy and in racing form.. so is waspy in these photos. Give her a few MONTHS off.. and repost.

Get a blacksmith on her feet ASAP. She has very long toes and they could cause tendon stress. She is a bit over at the knee (cosmetic issue) and her legs looke fine and spindly, but with let down they will look different.

Her top line is down hill, but if you draw a line from the root of her neck to the point of her buttock, she is nearly level. This is how you tell "down hill." By that measure she is NOT. She IS staright through the stifle and hock. Conditioned properly (after she has let down) this may not be a big problem.

Her neck appears a bit short.

Take her in. Let her 'let down' properly and give her time. Send new photos after she has had 3 months off eating and getting turned out and learning how to just be a horse. I bet there will be different opinons then.

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BTW I looked at her pedigree. She is a Hosit the Flag mare. Hoist the Flag is one of the best brood mare sires of all time (for racing). She also is a Storm Cat Grand daughter. This horse has some good things going for her.

Her weakness is her Female tail on the pedigree.

I want to see this horse let down. I think you will see so much difference.
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Truthfully, I wouldn't look at her just because those front legs scare me. Zero bone mass at all and those uber long pasterns.....

I suppose she'd likely be fine for non-stressful riding, but I would be terrified to put any stress on those legs.
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I want to see this horse OUT of racing form. I see the front legs too... and I also see she is only 15HH.

Thoroughbreds.. are a bit different.. when it comes to leg mass. Do I like more bone? YES. That being said.. and her being sound after race training and starting.. I think this horse may be a "sleeper."

Rarely do I see a horse and think.. you know.. that is one I would like to give rest to and see what I see in 6 months. This is one of those rare horses I get that feeling about.

BTW feelings are not sensible.. but they have rarely been wrong for me.
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