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post #1 of 6 Old 01-13-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Please Critique my 9 year old OTTB :)

I purchased this lovely mare about a month ago - just to have as a friend. I had no intentions of riding her as her previous owners said she was a bucker/bolter/ etc etc. So anyway, I bought her.. she needed a few groceries. I know her conformation faults, but I would love to hear your pros and cons.

She is a 9 year old thoroughbred mare, 16 hands high.
She raced until she was 6 and then she sat in a small field with 2 other horses when they deemed her "unrideable" until I bought her.

Here are a few photos, I know the lighting sucks but I did my absolute best.

The first picture is the day I got her. The rest are more recent.

Thanks in Advance!
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-13-2012, 08:34 PM
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It looks like she may be cow hocked and her neck looks a lil thin..from what I can tell, she has good her color by the way! she is very pretty! Also looks like she could use a few more groceries and muscle..but very nice!

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Thanks for the reply :)

I was worried about her back - yes she does seem to be a bit cow hocked.. I am hoping I can somewhat correct that with proper trimming and shoeing which she apparently never really got the best of.

I have had her for a month now - she just sat in a field for a few years so we are slowly putting weight and muscle on her.

I have found her to be very nice riding horse despite her last owners accusations of her. She has no bolt buck or rear to her.. maybe their saddle didn't fit properly.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-13-2012, 10:29 PM
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Funky hind legs. Goes a bit beyond cowhocked--she really turns out behind. Is she sound back there? Kind of a strange croup with high tail set, too. Her front end is pretty decent, though.
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She has remained sound thus far - any correctional advice?

here is another photo - maybe she was just standing a bit off for those photos.

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-13-2012, 10:53 PM
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Not really anything you can do. Trying to change the angles with shoeing/trimming usually just makes the problem worse. I would think it will eventually cause soreness, though, but less so since she's not being used, and I'm sure it will be manageable.
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