Worst Confo or Bad damage?

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Worst Confo or Bad damage?

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    03-10-2012, 10:44 PM
Worst Confo or Bad damage?

Hey all,
I found this mare online on craigslist just browsing and have no idea what is wrong with her, or if there even is and she is some weird crossbreed. I tend to think something is wayyyy wrong with her, what do you think?

8 yr old mare..KID SAFE
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    03-10-2012, 10:46 PM
Quite a dodgy back on her, otherwise nothing shocking wrong with her.

Are you planning on looking at this horse, or just wanting a critique of a random advertisement?
    03-10-2012, 10:48 PM
I saw a horse that hurt his back that was made like that.
    03-10-2012, 10:52 PM
I'm not currently looking for a horse, and this one would certainly not be on the list to check out if I were. I was wondering if anyone else had seen something like this and whether it was caused by damage to the spine somehow, or if the horse was born this way.
    03-10-2012, 10:56 PM
It could be either. As AC said, some horses will end up with a back like this through injury. I've seen one that smashed his wither, and there was so much scar tissue that resulted, that his back appeared similar to this horse's.
I would say this horse's soundness won't last for terribly long, and he won't be up to carrying heavy loads or hard work. I could be wrong though, there are always exceptions. I've seen a terribly downhill, short legged quarter horse perform quite an acceptable piaffe under a 'classical' rider.
    03-10-2012, 11:21 PM
Part camel???
    03-11-2012, 12:11 AM
I'm a newbie to conformation, but are her front fetlocks really knobby, too? But yeah, her back looks pretty weird.
    03-11-2012, 12:15 AM
Fetlocks are fine, just hairy!
    03-11-2012, 12:29 AM
Like others have said, it could be the result of an injury or she may have been born with a deformed spine. Frankly, I'm surprised that she has stayed sound (and accepting) for any riding at all. She must have an incredibly tolerant temperament.
    03-11-2012, 03:09 AM
Yeah, must have. I know there is no way a saddle fits that poor little mare right, must cause her pain.

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