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post #11 of 16 Old 08-15-2013, 08:20 PM
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she does not appear to be that fat. she could use being toned. Dont know if i would want her any thinner. She does not have the cresty neck, and I like a little meat on the ribs, because if they do get sick and drop weight, you wont have a big problem . Her feet are a mess, but with regular farrier they should shape up. She looks like she would be a nice trail horse , maybe even W.Pleasure. Ask to ride her or work prior to purchase, so you can have an ideal if she has a real bucking issue or if she was just reacting to poor riding, or it could have been a crow hop which some people call a buck.
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I let her out with my horses, the barn owner was trying to tell me she only does okay with the red dun gelding she was pastured with before. So she went out with my two horses and the other gelding with them, she did fine though from what I saw. They kicked at her a little, but were all grazing calmly by the time I left. I didn't see her offer any aggression other than pinning her ears back a little. My gelding is very buddy sour with my mare, so she right away stayed with the other gelding out there.

my guys, and her...other gelding cropped out of the picture.
red roan mare: 15.3(almost 16hh)
paint gelding: 15.1 at the wither
and palomino mare measured at 15.2

and here is her eating, her legs look a little better here? I think the sun was really bright earlier, and it hid a lot of her fat in those pictures :) ...really I don't often say horses look fat, but she really does appear to be very fat. Her neck is not that cresty, but she does have some fat on it when you look at it.

and here's the bottom of her left front foot... over grown in the back you can see...

still from what I have gathered by spending some time with her today, is that she seems smart, and quick to learn. She was respectful while walking as well, backed up stopped, and turned without question. Had a little trouble getting her going in the pasture when I haltered her at first, but that changed once I made her spin a couple circles. She also stood quietly while I measured her height, was a little uncertain about getting measured around her girth for the weight tape, but did not try to get away. the wind was blowing around the tape when I laid it over her back. She let me reach underneath her to measure her.

I got a one second clip of her trotting, she doesn't appear lame at all despite her poor feet.
I may try to lightly lunge her in the round pen, that has sand, tomorrow to see how she is about it. Then the next day will lunge and saddle after that lunge with saddle on so long as she does not mind being saddled the day before...
Will also wash, tie, and pick up feet tomorrow.
She was very willing about picking up her front foot this evening though.
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post #13 of 16 Old 08-17-2013, 04:34 PM
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She really is a pretty little mare. She does still appear to be light boned with small feet to me, but again that doesn't have to be a deal breaker unless you're wanting a horse for high level jumping or something. I measured our foundation QH's cannon bone circumference to compare to yours this morning, but I really don't know how much is 'optimal' so it may be no help. I do know that this particular mare is often complimented on her substantial bone though so I guess she might be slightly over the norm? Her front cannons measure 9 inches, her back cannons measure 9.25. However, she's short (barely 15hh) and super stocky with short cannons so her overall conformation is different from your mare's. I really think it just depends on the individual horse and how they are put together. Legs as bulky as hers are would look silly on a TB or Arabian!

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post #14 of 16 Old 08-17-2013, 05:07 PM
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I just measured her, she's 15.2 hands. Possibly some of that is fat on her withers :)
Don't know how reliable the weight tapes are either, but it said she is around 1,100 pounds.

Around the front cannon bone area it measured approx 8.25 inches and the rear was 8.7 inches. Not sure what the average bone circumference is..

Also have a picture of the bottom of one of her front feet...will post later when I'm on the computer...the hoof wall is very over grown in the back...

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1100 pounds is not obese nor does the horse look fat. That is what a QH that hasn't been worked should look like.
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-19-2013, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies y'all.

This mare ended up not working out. I had her in the pasture with my horses, after I brought my 2 horses in and the other boarders horse, she started running around neighing...being buddy sour. She calmed down a little bit, so I decided I would see if she would let me groom her again, she didn't want me to catch her. And then she didn't want to walk out of the pasture, and when I had her out and tried to tie her she immediately set back before I could even finish tying my safety release knot. She broke my lead rope and took off back towards her other pasture with the other horse.

Found out the next day that the owner sold her for 500$ to somebody. So hopefully they have better luck with her and don't feel ripped off. Maybe she will be better off the property where she can't see the dun horse she has been pastured with for a year.

I already have a buddy sour gelding who tries to set back sometimes, don't really want a buddy sour mare...
Not to mention she tried to do that sneaky mare biting on me while I was trying to halter her.

She was calm as can be once she was with her buddy in the back pasture which is how it typically works....

Just not something I'm interested in.

Thank you all for the replies though :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-19-2013, 10:34 PM
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She is a cute mare, but at her age having no miles on her?? $1,000 is way to much for what you're getting. What worries me, is why a cute mare like her never ended up continues training and ended up with such rookie owners. I hate to say this, but my gut is not feeling right about what her story is really about.

I would offer to take her on for free, and sell her and split profits 50/50 to both give her a chance to a better home, and you get a chance to work with her and see what she's like before committing yourself to her.

If it's a true case of the mare was thrown out to pasture, I would maybe offer a couple hundred dollars for her, again more so to offer her a future. But a horse with very little training at her age-there are to many horses around like her unfortunately.

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