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post #1 of 16 Old 07-24-2010, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Arabian mare critique-Guess the age game too!

So I was contacted by someone who is looking for a good forever home for an arabian mare. They are a small breeding facility looking to preserve some old Gainey lines. They bought her and her full sister intending to breed them to their stallion, but it turns out that she has silent heats and never settled. She has been sitting in the pasture ever since.
A little on her past further back: She is very broke and was used at least twice in western pleasure demonstrations at the Midwest Horse Fair. I went to see her this morning and I love her. She just has a calm and warm feel to her. If I were to liken it to a fabric (I know, I'm weird. ) she would be fleece. For comparison, Deja would be denim and Mana would be some fuzzy woven material.
Anyway. I am going back to test ride her soon, but for now, these are the only photos I have of her. I don't know what it is about the photos, but her withers are NOT like that in real life. Guess how old she is! I'll put up her pedigree in a bit. Pick her apart and let me here what you think!






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post #2 of 16 Old 07-24-2010, 01:39 PM
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Well with arabians it's always hard to tell age because they do it so well! But my guess would be somewhere around 16?

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She has a pretty face, a sweet and kind expression. I do like her shoulder and front legs, that weird wither is throwing me though. It could be just that her neck ties in lower than it should at the top. She is lacking muscle on her topline and croup so that looks less than it should. To me it looks like she doesn't have enough angulation in her hind legs.

Age, I would guess about 18.

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19 or 23. Odd numbers but those are my guesses. She has a bit of a swayback
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I'm going to say... somewhere between 16 and 18, so 17?

Arabians age so well!! My old arab was 17 but people thought he was less than 10! I even had people ask me if he was 3 years old!
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I have to say, in person, her withers aren't as bad as these photos. She is VERY narrow, though. I'm used to my wide front ended arab, so she was a bit of a shock. The owner even said that she would like to see another 25-30 lbs on her, but she is also in pasture condition, so I'm not thinking it will not take much to get her muscley and pretty again.

And drum roll please........she is................................................ .... 22!
Here is her pedigree. All Breed Pedigree Query

I'd still like to get opinions on her confo. Too, so don't be shy!

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She's pretty cute, I'm a sucker for bays! She reminds me of a bay at the arab farm where I ride.
Do you plan on riding her?

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One off, I guessed 23! Lol
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She's pretty cute, I'm a sucker for bays! She reminds me of a bay at the arab farm where I ride.
Do you plan on riding her?
Yup! She is going to be my new trail buddy hopefully. Nothing like exercise to keep an arab young!

Equiniphile, Yeah, I am pleasantly suprised that no one else guessed in the 20's. This makes me happy!

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I kind of figured that she was older, given that you asked us to guess her age...tehehe. My mom has an Arab that is the same age as her, and looks fantastic as well...more like a plump 15 year old than an horse in his 20's. Haha.

I am not a fan of her super high withers, and her shoulder is a bit steep, and her rear legs aren't as angular as I would like, but that said, her faults are nothing that should hinder her in anyway as a trail horse. She's got a beautiful face, and a lovely kind eye...I say steal her up, before I do!!! Haha

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