I'm looking at a six year old gaited mare about two hours away from me. She's flashy and has the training I want BUUUUUTTTT...
She seems to have straight/upright pasterns. Prompt deal breaker. But then I looked a little closer and say that she has a lotta heal and almost no toe.
Looking at her summer pictures posted on Craigslist, I also noticed in THOSE pictures she has a MUCH better heel angle and more toe. She obviously has short/small pasterns but they don't appear to be very upright, or so upright as to be problematic.
Has anyone dealt with anything like this? I really like her, but if she's going to have joint/arthritic problems at 15 then I'm not going for the deal.
She will be an extensively ridden trail horse, no barrels/jumping/etc.