Well, my irish hubby thinks I'm being a goose about the pictures also. Maybe its my oriental upbringing (I'm from korea)...I don't know.
I think several of you gave me the information that I was looking for. How a muscled horse can have ribs showing and how much I need to worry about it. I think several of you who were kind enough to respond are probably right that she was low-man and losing weight as a result. I'd like to think that that is why they decided to sell her so soon after they got her...that they saw she was not thriving and felt selling her would be better...I don't know, but common sense tells me that's possible.
I'm still disturbed that she was taken for a a trail ride with a leg injury of any kind. I have yet to ride her because even though its not deep, it just feels wrong to me. Same with her back injury...its mostly healed, but it runs right where the saddle and rider would sit. I'm also unhappy that her leg injury was untreated. I had to spend an hour carefully soaking and peeling away the crusted stuff just so that I could really see the wound and treat it. Its not deep, but left untreated, her leg becomes a 24/7 meal for flies and who knows what else. That whole messy looking spot cleaned up to a raw open wound.
Yet my understanding is that these are good people that really care about horses. They also do rescue work. It doesn't make sense to me.
Her hooves needing trimmed actually makes sense to me when I think about it. I had asked about her feet and mentioned that I would like to pull her shoes and transition her to barefoot. So I'm guessing they left them untrimmed so that I could start that transitioning sooner if I'd like rather then waiting until her newly shod hooves grow back out enough to try her barefoot. And after watching her closely, I think her hooves are slightly longer on the inside on her back legs and the funny movement I think I see is from that. Hooves, horse behavior and training are the things I've worked hard to learn about. I don't trust my own judgement at this point because I've only worked with one small pony, but I think that's whats going on there...nothing that a good trim won't fix.
I made the decision to buy site unseen when I had to cancel my appointment to meet the horse because I know someone who bought from them. Their reference (and the healthy, well trained horse they bought) is why I decided to look at buying from this place to begin with. I could have bought a similar, unregistered horse from anywhere for 1/3rd to 1/2 the price I believe. But I wanted a well trained horse. And when I go over everything, I have to say they have been honest and worked to meet my needs. My concern was all about personality and training.
My youngest was born autistic and has outgrown our pony. Our pony has given so much to my little girl. Lessons on empathy, physical therapy and much much more. My daughters gone from high-functioning autism to a cute, slightly quirky sweetheart and horses played a part in this. Sign language, speech therapy, occupational therapy, etc did more...but pool therapy and horses are two non-traditional therapies that I could really see helping her. She's been working with our pony since she was 4 years old.
Anyways, its been a very long day and I'm rambling.
Back to our horse Jasmine. Personality wise I think she is everything I was looking for. Training wise also probably. I haven't ridden her yet to fully see, but from running her through some light ground work, I'm pleased. She responded well and easy to everything I asked her. More importantly, she's willing to calmly figure out what I want of her. She's fine being touched any where on her body and only looked to see what was going on when I made random loud noises near by. She let me take a crinkly noisey feed bag and rub it around on her and bunch it and crunch it and wiggle it over her. When asked to walk over it, she hesitated for a second and then stepped across. I can take a small lock of her mane and lead her around by it. I'll keep working with her to try to make sure I find anything that might cause a danger, but so far it looks like theres little I'll need to worry about. She's also nickering greetings to us already and approaching us by her own choice just to say hi. Not for treats but just to get talked to and a little scratch along the cheek. My daughter randomly walked up to Jasmine today, gave her a hug and walked away. Jasmine followed after her for a little ways. I have the option to return her and purchase a different horse from them if I'm dissatisfied, but I think she's going to be all that I'd hoped for in a horse. For that I'm so very grateful.
Anyways, if anyones had the patience to read this far...I think several of the posts have already answered my questions about Jasmines condition. And my questions and upset about them taking her for a trail ride etc...I wish to let go and assume theres an understandable reason that I don't know.
So all that said, heres her pictures in case they really make a difference.
I took these from my back porch this morning with a telephoto lens while I drank my coffee, sorry if they're not the best quality. Photography is not something I do a lot of. Looking at the pictures, she's already filling out some. Her waist isn't so high and the belly line from her hind leg to her fore isn't so straight...it has a slight roundness to it now.