Well, she's looking much better than when you first rescued her!
Her neck doesn't attache into the shoulder very well, which could be a balance problem if you plan on dressage or something. Her head's a bit large, too, but she has a cute face and a lovely, fluffy forelock! (I love fluffy forelocks. My horse Coco has a few hairs to call a forelock :( ). She has fairly steep withers, so be careful when you're choosing a saddle - it could slid and cause back pain and sores, but her hindquarters and withers are about even, which is good.
Overall, cute, eye pleasing. Might make a good trail horse, lesson horse for kids or a small hunter/jumper.
Hope that helped! :)
PS: I wouldn't braid her tail like that at this point. It makes everything look too... skinny. No offence.
Thanks, the person was working her every day for 1+ hours in one direction in a circle!
Given she was very muscly but if you don't have much feed (especially with three horses) and don't know how to properly train a horse you shouldn't be trying to do anything with it.
I know! They had her forelock cut straight across.
I gave her some layers so it doesn't look as bad. Haha.
I have a saddle with replaceable gullets, so I don't have to spend oodles of money for new saddle to fit her gladly.
I'm training her for a kids dressage/jumper pony (she has the perfect temperament for a kid; very kind!).
I only did it for pictures.
Nice looking horse, and you've done well with her so far! My only worry would be that her wither is quite a sharp drop so she may find it difficult to do any work on the vertical compared to a horse with a natural sloping wither. Her leg bones (sorry, I know all these in German hah!) are in a good proportion too, but her neck at the moment seems fairly thin. This will just take time to build up!
Good luck, and keep us updated with more pictures!!
It doesn't help that she has an ewe neck. LOL.
Thankss, I will(:
Originally Posted by TheLastUnicorn View Post
Actually, from a purely structural standpoint an underweight horse is IDEAL to critique... There is no musclature or fat coverage to distract from how the horse is put together. (check out the sticky at the top of this section to see what I mean)
Musclature can be altered, depending on the structure of the horse, through correct work and enough groceries.... Weight can go up and down... The bone structure of the horse is set after maturity and will not change (barring injury, I guess)
The photos show a weak an unimpressive looking horse... And you can see both breeds of her cross in her structure. That said, with some more weight and SLOW AND STEADY work she will be a new horse come spring... And better still next year.
From a conformation standpoint I don't see a lot really wrong with her. Structurally she has A nice enough shoulder, her legs appear more or less correct, her pelvic angle isn't too bad (especially considering her breed, I have seen a lot worse), to me she could use some more pelvic length (point of hip to point of buttock if you just went "huh?"). Her back length is nice, though her wither is likely to be prominent even after she has filled in some, her LS placement is not too bad. Her neck will fill out (you can already see how much it has changed... It will continue to with proper nutrition and it will finish up much better with correct work), she does have an unfortunately unfeminine head... That won't be likely to change but when her neck fills out it should at least look less disproportionate.
Overall she isn't as fugly as first glance might make her seem... Do remember that when you are bringing a horse back from emaciation to do any and all work very slowly at first, build it up very very slowly or you can wind up with an injured horse simply due to the fact they don't have the muscle tone and fitness to do the work. I start on the ground, ground driving or leading everywhere, mostly at a walk. (keep them short at first), when I start riding work I first get the walk MASTERED before moving on. A proper walk is hard work, and it will give you a good idea of when the horse is truly fit enough to work on the other gaits without learning bad habits or straining them.
Good luck with her... And I hope to see updated photos next year showing a very different little lady!
Please read above of how the girl worked her every day.
I just got on her a few days ago for the very first time since I've owned her. We're currently working on steering (its horrible since she was only ridden in a circle in one direction), stopping, go, and back up.
Thankss(: I will.
I'm hoping that this isn't the morab that you were free jumping over 2-3' fences?
If she is a rescue, she needs to be put into work extremely slowly, and even slower because she has less than perfect conformation. She could be seriously injured if you don't allow her to build up the muscle she needs first before even trying to trot her over poles.