I'm still shopping. I've come across this mare and I really like her. She's currently residing at an Alberta-based rescue after being seized by the ASPCA along with 7 other horses last year or thereabouts. She came in with 2 foals at side - no one was 100% sure if both foals belonged to her, or if she was just overly accommodating.
Swan is approximately 5 years old and stands somewhere in the realm of 14.1hh. The rescue thinks she is an Arab X Appy, but the slight feather on her legs leads me to believe that she could have some Welsh in her. I consulted a friend of mine who used to work with Welsh Cobs in Ireland, and he agrees that she does share some similarities. What do you think?
I've attached some photos below. The first one is her conformation shot, and it's not the best, but it'll do. The second is more to show off her kind face and front end. She looks fairly well put together. To my inexperienced eye, she looks a tad flat in the back and bum high. Her legs and feet look alright (she's barefoot), but her knees seem a bit flat to me too. She's still underweight, so maybe some of her issues will be resolved with gentle work and constant care. The third is of her under saddle... she's green broke, but she looks fairly relaxed.
My use for her would be a glorified pasture pet. She'd spend most of her time in the pasture, but I would like to take her for trail rides and maybe... over the occasional low jump or something. I would prefer to keep her barefoot and ride her bareback, but am looking at second-hand English saddles as well.
What do you all think?