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post #1 of 8 Old 05-01-2013, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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As some of you may have read, I have a wonderful 7 year old OTTB mare. She raced for two years I believe and retired at age 4. She then wasn't handled or ridden at all until I rescued her this last October. She has been an amazing horse since I have gotten her, no buck or rear and my two year old has even ridden her several times. She is such a sweet girl and finally is putting on some weight and muscle. I'm going to add some pics so you can see the progress she's made. Open to opinions on her as well.
The really tall red chestnut gelding is Titan, my boyfriends OTTB rescue. Opinions on him welcome :)

I'm also working with another mare that we rescued from the same guy. She is 6 years old, and has never been handled, to my knowledge. She isn't halter broke, or wasn't when we got her. She has basically stood around since October and we've been trying to fatten her up. She is a very high strung horse and doesn't trust easily. I started working with her last week and she will now let me halter her and lead her around by the barn. I can throw my English saddle on her as well, without any arguments, however I am the only one she will let do any of that too. The red chestnut is Stardust, my mare. The bay is "wild" Georgia.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-01-2013, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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The first pic is Stardust(left) and Titan, the monster(right)
Second pic is really the only pic I have of him that sorta recent.
The last three are Georgia
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The sorrel has a steep shoulder angle and poorly muscled neck
Seems a bit over at the knee as well
Sufficient depth through the chest
Nice short back, though it is roached
Slim hindquarters and posty in the back legs

As for tha bay, she has a nice shoulder
Back is borderline long but not bad
Hard to say about her front legs. In one photo she's leaning back on them and in another she's standing under herself but I would say there's not much to worry about there.
High in the wither, but that is common of the breed
Very short slope to the croup and although her hindquarters are lacking muscle, they are not too badly constructed
Seems a bit sickle-hocked in the back legs

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The sorrel has a steep shoulder angle and poorly muscled neck
Seems a bit over at the knee as well
Sufficient depth through the chest
Nice short back, though it is roached
Slim hindquarters and posty in the back legs
Which one are you looking at? I have two red colored tbs. One is a shorter mare, the other is a huge gelding.
The mare is shown in the first post. The first two pics are of her when I first got her and she was very thin and hasn't been taken care of. If the roaches back is in those two pics, I actually don't think it's a roach. It's no longer visible, now that she's put on some weight. She made a hell of a race horse in my opinion, which Is why I'm asking. The taller gelding wasn't so great. The bay has awesome bloodlines, which is why I'm asking on her
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Haha, sorry, I was talking about the first post.
Did not even comment on the 2nd sorrel, I just assumed it was the same horse.
His conformation is not bad at all. Very steep shoulder but it's big and there is plenty of depth through the chest.
Front legs seem ok in those pics
Back is a good length.
Again, lean hindquarters but they appear as though they would muscle up very nicely.
Hard to accurately judge the back legs, but no glaring faults are presenting themselves.

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Haha, sorry, I was talking about the first post.
Did not even comment on the 2nd sorrel, I just assumed it was the same horse.
His conformation is not bad at all. Very steep shoulder but it's big and there is plenty of depth through the chest.
Front legs seem ok in those pics
Back is a good length.
Again, lean hindquarters but they appear as though they would muscle up very nicely.
Hard to accurately judge the back legs, but no glaring faults are presenting themselves.
Haha I suppose that goes to show that conformation doesn't make a good horse. My mare is about 20 times better than the gelding lol. He's a pain in the rear end.
I was wondering if maybe you could explain the posty hind legs and the shoulder angle, as well as over at the knee. Not sure what any of that actually means. Kinda naive on conformation :-/
Also is there any way to muscle up a neck?
I'm thinking of breeding her in a few years, her breeder said he has people who really want her babies, so id like to have her looking her best!
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All these horses will look a LOT better with more weight on them. The first mare also looks like she has a hay belly (poor feed or was a brood mare).

Everything lil ruffian said plus more feed. I think the muscling discussion would be dropped if they carried more weight.
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They were all extremely underweight when we got them. The mare has put on a lot of weight since October, I will have to get better pics of her without a saddle on. The tb gelding will not keep weight on, it's been a year and he seems to just not gain weight. As for the bay, she is extremely high strung and I think maybe that's why she hasn't gained much either
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