Heres some more photos. At this point I believe the sellers have been completely honest with me...although I had a lot of uncertainties and questions yesterday. So she probably is 7 and is up to date on her shots etc. I'll know for sure soon. =)
The woman did make a comment that the horse wouldn't have to worry about being the low-man here as my pony is so much smaller then her. I'm afraid when I spoke to the woman about the horse, all my questions were about personality and not condition. At this point, I'm guessing that if I'd asked about condition, I would have been told about the injuries and the skinniness before delivery. I did ask about her feet, and had been told she'd lost her back shoes, I was surprised to see they were still missing a couple of weeks later. I assumed if they were lost, it meant she was due for a trim and would receive it. I was also surprised to see the injuries on her...especially the back and foot and hear she'd been taken for a trail ride.
I'm definitely not accustomed to seeing a horses ribs also! Feeling them yes...but not seeing them. And this girls ribs show strongly.
Anyways, heres the shots showing her round rump and muscled thighs.
Heres her withers...I can see and feel her vertebrae here but no where else along her spine. The entire ridge of her withers is sharply boney and I can count the vertebrae there with just my eyes. I've never felt a horses vertebrae anywhere.
And heres her eye hollows. They look so deep in real life.
I didn't take a full body shot since she's distinctively marked and I don't want to chance harming these people. I'd feel differently if it sounded like her condition was abuse or neglect. I know the horses of theirs I've seen before have all looked healthy. In the future I will find the time to meet the both the horse and the seller before I purchase so that I'm not thrown any surprises.
I think I would have bought this girl if I'd met her first though. I'll enjoy getting to know her as she (hopefully) fills out a little and grows more lively. If her personality stays the same, then I'm in love.