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Join Date: Dec 2010
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DrumRider- there is still the possibility that the mare did not take. If she is only 6 months, she won't look very pregnate outwardly. It would take a vet to know if she actually IS pregnate. Jumanji simply asked if a vet had tested her yet.
OP- I look at it this way. Barrel horses are generally stocky, short-backed, well rounded horses with good leg so that there is a smaller chance of injury. Your mare is quite opposite of this...she's build very long. To tell you the truth, when I first saw her picture, I thought 'weenie dog.' Asking an animal with weak bones, a long back, and poor leg is just asking for trouble. Looking at her videos, I agree- she DOES do very well for a horse at ill-conformed as she is, which says a lot about her personality, but it's just not kind to make her do something that will ultimately be her end.
In a way, she reminds me of myself. A long backed, long legged, gawky animal made to run a high-impact sport, is like asking me, an extremely accident prone, weak boned, 4'11 girl- to run hurdles in cross country or track. I may be able to keep up for a little while, but eventually I'm either going to jump wrong and snap a bone, or just be beat to a pulp by those who are conditioned and built for hurdles. That's not to say I'm not good for other things...I tend to think that I'm very good at swimming and stuff like that. Perhaps a less wear-and-tear disipline would be good for your mare. Something like trail riding (perhaps even endurance, if you were willing to provide a chiropractor, good saddle, conditioning) low level WP, etc. I really think it would be in her best interest, since she's already been severely injured once- and is now carrying a foal. Take from that what you will.
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