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post #1 of 16 Old 05-02-2012, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think? Good trail horse or not?

So I was looking into getting another horse and I came across this mare she is 13 yrs old Appendix (QH and TB) roughly 15hh. Her back looked a little long to me and I didn't know if it could possibly be an issue down the rode the owner of the rescue she's at aid she was an ex ranch horse. What do yall think of her conformation wise? Would she make a good trail horse? Would I have any issues with her back? Pick her apart!

Some of the pics are when she first came into the rescue she fat and healthy now.









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post #2 of 16 Old 05-02-2012, 03:31 PM
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She's gorgeous! Nice job getting her in shape! Looks like two different horses.

I've seen all kinds of weird shaped and pretty horses on the trail. Best thing I like in a trail horse is temperament. Sorry not much help.

Again, nice looking horse!
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Her temperment is perfect for the trail but her back kind of concerned me a little because it looked a little long but I don't know maybe its just me. Oh and Thank you she is pretty!
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post #4 of 16 Old 05-02-2012, 03:37 PM
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Needs some muscle.
High in the wither and quite flat-backed. Long as well.
Not a bad shoulder.
Legs dont look too bad either.
I dont see why she couldnt make an awesome trail horse, though.

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post #5 of 16 Old 05-02-2012, 07:29 PM
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She looks like a good using horse & well able to go down the trail. Just condition for what you want to do.
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post #6 of 16 Old 05-02-2012, 07:43 PM
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I like the look of this mare. She looks like she has a great attitude and is free going!
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post #7 of 16 Old 05-02-2012, 07:49 PM
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I agree with previous poster about trail horses more about temperament/personality than standard stuff! I don't see why her long back and such should be a problem? I'm green but that's my opinion :) and she really is beautiful!
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post #8 of 16 Old 05-02-2012, 07:53 PM
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No she won't make a good trail horse, she will make a terrific tail horse. She is a bit weedy at the hind end and her knees & hocks are a tad high, her neck has muscling on the underside but with proper riding and hitting the trails, she won't look the same. Enjoy her, she is a sweetie pie.
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post #9 of 16 Old 05-02-2012, 08:15 PM
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she looke like either a gaited horse or a standard bred.

her hip is very flat, which makes her look like she might in future become a bit sway backed. that can make for saddle fitting challanges. her hindlegs also kind of hang out behind her body, and the fetlock looks like it nearly touches the ground in back.
These are things that look "off" to me, but since I am not used to gaited horses, and if she is gaited, they might be more typical of gaited horse.

however, as the others said, her temperament if really important, and she does seem to have good bone and a "go forward" attitde, which is really nice for trial riding.
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post #10 of 16 Old 05-02-2012, 09:37 PM
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i think the long back is a bit of an illusion because of her poor conditioning in most of the photos and her shorter hip in comparison but if you divide her up in thirds properly (some people start at the wrong joints) she's actually fairly balanced. If she really had a long back she would swallow up the saddle and pad, but in the photos the pad is all the way to her hip, no room in between. I think she will be a great trail horse and probably for anything else you wanted to throw at her as well!
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