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        04-15-2013, 11:10 PM
    Possible Buy/Rescue!

    Hello! I've been pouring over these boards and learning so much and refreshing my knowledge, so thanks for all the help

    So, I had a horse growing up (spirited/hot) TB/QH, took lessons, etc...but haven't had a horse since I moved away from home well over a decade ago. I have a nine year old daughter who has been taking lessons since about age five. We just recently moved to a house where we can keep a horse. A very experienced horse person lives on the property and we also have access to the trainer who my daughter takes lessons from. I basically want a trail/WP horse. I'm not interested in anything competitive. I am a horse enthusiast/lover and its how I want to enjoy my free time.

    The horse we are looking at was rescued from a guy who was over breeding broodmares hoping to produce racers. He had about a dozen neglected mares and some foals. The horse we are considering was his personal horse so she was actually the best taken care of and ridden the most. Here are her stats:

    12 yr old registered TB (Minstrel was her grandfather so she has Northern Dancer in her bloodline)
    She has very nice groundmanners and a sweet temperment.
    I don't know how many foals she has produced...
    Never raced

    Basically, I'm interested in all your opinions as for her conformation as a western pleasure and trail horse. To my rusty and untrained eye I don't see any glaring faults. But definitely don't trust my own opinion! Haha
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        04-15-2013, 11:25 PM
    I really like her! Her pasterns look very angled tho, but it also might just be the picture. She looks like such a sweetie!
        04-15-2013, 11:25 PM
    She has long toes so her pasterns are at a funny angle-- the back leg that she's not resting looks straight-- I like her shoulder..
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        04-15-2013, 11:30 PM
    They have had her about a month and said when they got her, her feet were in horrible shape.

    Thanks for the feedback!
        04-15-2013, 11:38 PM
    That shoulder is sooooooooo upright omg. Have you been on her yet to see/feel how she travels?

    I hope it's the angle..
        04-15-2013, 11:57 PM
    I have seen her lunged w/t/c and ridden walk/trot...her trot didn't seemed pretty decent/average.

    I'll be able to ride in another two weeks with the trainer.

    I had thought she had a pretty nice shoulder angle...? Am I way off?
        04-16-2013, 12:00 AM
    That picture makes it difficult to judge her shoulder angle because the pic was taken at a slight angle closer to her hindquarters. At first glance from that pic, I'm inclined to agree with Sky.
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        04-16-2013, 12:00 AM
    It has to be the angle.

    Here is a tutorial on basic shoulder angle

    Drafts with Dots: Conformation Clinic: The Shoulder
        04-16-2013, 12:02 AM
    Her hooves: The front ones have too long toes. It also looks to me like they may have taken too much off the back of her heels on all her feet... This can be fixed though.
    The only other thing that stands out to me is she appears to have a it of a sway back too. But sway backs are caused by horses not carrying themselves properly for whatever reason... It's also something that's easily fixable
        04-16-2013, 12:04 AM
    Originally Posted by Nokotaheaven    
    The only other thing that stands out to me is she appears to have a it of a sway back too. But sway backs are caused by horses not carrying themselves properly for whatever reason... It's also something that's easily fixable
    I see high typical TB withers, not anything close to a sway back. She's also lacking a decent topline, making her back appear to dip down more behind the withers than it actually does.
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