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post #1 of 16 Old 11-25-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think about her conformation?

With Indie's passing, I'm wondering if I need to get back into riding sooner rather than later. I feel as though a new horse in the spring will help the healing process and give me something to focus on.. although I'm going to wait and see.

This was the only horse who caught my eye, and I'm hoping that she may still be available in the spring if and when I think I'm ready to put my time and effort into another horse. I'm only scared that I won't be able to love a horse as much as Indie, but I'm hoping after a few months, I'll be ready.

She's a three year old, will be four in March. She's had nine starts, although apparently she's going to have another race in four days. She's listed for $500 on Canter, so with shipping to New Brunswick.. I think the price would still be under $2000.





I'm getting my mom to order me "Beyond the Track" for Christmas just so I can have my research done. I'll also have the help of my instructor as I need it.

ETA: I'd be using her for dressage and jumping, if everything pans out in the end... but jumping of course will not be happening until she's at least five.

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post #2 of 16 Old 11-25-2012, 02:46 PM
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I loved the book Beyond The Track! I wouldn't consider it a research book, but it definitely enlightening and a fun read.

The first thing that jumped out at me were her pasterns. The angle a bit more than I'd like, which may cause problems if you plan to jump her strenuously. She also has a fairly flat croup and very little muscle in her butt. Her back is long. I like her back legs and she has a decent shoulder, but I'd probably keep looking if I wanted a horse that I could compete with. I do like her head though and if you're willing to take it very slowly with her, she has a good mind, and you do a lot of conditioning, she might be good for lower levels.

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I loved the book Beyond The Track! I wouldn't consider it a research book, but it definitely enlightening and a fun read.

The first thing that jumped out at me were her pasterns. The angle a bit more than I'd like, which may cause problems if you plan to jump her strenuously. She also has a fairly flat croup and very little muscle in her butt. Her back is long. I like her back legs and she has a decent shoulder, but I'd probably keep looking if I wanted a horse that I could compete with. I do like her head though and if you're willing to take it very slowly with her, she has a good mind, and you do a lot of conditioning, she might be good for lower levels.
Her pasterns do look to be very angled but I suspect it's more of how she's shod than her actual build. I think if her hoof angle matched her pastern she would be fine. Maybe one of the hoof experts will see this & give an opinion.
I like her.
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post #4 of 16 Old 11-25-2012, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both. I like her too, but I figured I should get the opinions of everyone here. There's no guarantee she'll still be on the site by spring either, but out of the 150 horses I looked at, she was the only one who caught my attention.

I still feel so guilty for looking at other horses, even though I know Indie is always going to have that special place in my heart and I miss her dearly... which is part of the reason I think why I want another horse to try and fill that gap.

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I'm glad that you are thinking of having another horse in your future. This one is pretty young & spring is aways off. There are some conformation issues w/this mare, but others have already stated that. Have you looked at dreamhorse? I've found good ones there in the past. Take your time, it will be tough after having such a fine mare as Indie was.
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post #6 of 16 Old 11-25-2012, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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I'll try dreamhorse, I'm pretty set on an OTTB (although I know a lot of Indie's traits were just her individual personality) so most of my searches have been on Canter and other sites. I'm definitely going to take my time, so I'm hoping Indie will help plop a horse in my lap who she thinks could be a decent match. This horse would definitely have huge shoes to fill.

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I don't know what shipping costs would be like from Manitoba, but there are some nice ones listed here * Race Horses for Sale - Home
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I know what you mean about feeling guilty. I felt the same way when I was browsing Thoroughbred rescues after my dog died. I eventually considered it a chance to redeem myself for not being able to save my dog...redeem myself by rescuing another creature. If you're so set on an OTTB (love them), then the retraining manual written by the woman who owns the rescue I got Reno from might be helpful: Retraining Manual

If you feel like browsing around, you could also take a look at some of the horses they have there (they are located in Upper Marlboro, MD...very north). Reno had been there for over a year before I found him...so I think it was meant to be. They have three sections for available horses - on the track, off the track (both 'for sale'), and looking for a home (pretty much free, optional $150 donation). Adopting and transporting Reno cost me about $400 total (I had connections with someone willing to trailer him cheap though).

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Give yourself sometime to mourn Indie. You need this time to heal. It is hard to think you will love another horse, but it will happen. Your heart is big enough for another horse. Start looking as the days move on toward spring. THE horse will jump out at you and you will KNOW that this new horse will fit into your heart and you can still love Indie and remember her at the same time. The new horse will not replace Indie, nothing will replace her, but a new horse will give you love and new memories.
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post #10 of 16 Old 11-25-2012, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the advice.

I think you're right. I feel like I'm just in a rush almost, to find something to fill that hole. I know I should take more time to mourn Indie, and I think in a way, I always will mourn for her... but hopefully one day, I'll be able to talk about her without breaking into years.

I'm sure she'll lead me to the right horse when the time is right, so until then, I'll just keep visiting her grave (although I already told her I'd visit it until the day I die) and doing my lessons, even though I don't think riding is going to be even half as fun without her.

Forever loved, never forgotten; my beautiful Indie. <3 Hoofprints on my heart.
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