I do see what the others are talking about when they say she looked better before, however, what I see is either a worm issue or a hay belly issue. She still has her top line, kinda, but she is not in sport horse shape by any means. I would love to have that great personality on my mare. You found a great girl. She doesn't look too dirty either. :)
[QUOTE=lilruffian;876837]The bottom of her jaw appears to stick out more than usual (the bridge between the cheek & chin)...
At that age teeth are coming in and the jaw protruding is normal. Sometimes the teeth can get impacted and make it worse so it is a good idea to keep an eye on it and have regular dental care
Ok, I have to disagree with several posters before me. This filly is not cowhocked or camped under. In fact, her legs are her best feature. Her front legs are very straight and neither too narrow not too wide. Pasterns are normal, if the tiniest bit long. Angle is good, hooves look good. She is pretty downhill, but she is still growing so might be croup high right now.
The big thing that makes her not breeding level and will affect her a bit (no Grand Prix dressage, ok?) is that her neck is really short compared to her body length, is set on low and is way under muscled. The muscling can be changed, the small/short neck cannot. Trim up her mane and it will help make her neck look longer, give her a hunter look.
I think you totally lucked out. It couldn't possibly be that her calmness is due to malnutrition? But, no, since you've had a her awhile.
I thought her legs were her best feature also
and she did look a bit malnutritioned also
The other day, someone, I can't remember who, mentioned in a post that if the protien content of the hay being fed is too low then there's no way the horses are going to look "good", no matter how much they are being fed. And I feel like I remember lilkitty saying that her horses do get fed quite a bit (maybe wrong poster though, I don't remember for sure) in another thread so perhaps protien levels are the issue? I know I had that issue last year. Lacey was getting fed like 30# of hay a day but she was still skinny as a stick. As it turned out, she just needed more protien!
Just a thought... :)
I do agree that this mare looked better, imo, in the pictures right after she was bought...
She was a pasture puff before we got her. Now with regular riding she has slimmed up a bit. All of my horses are at a healthy weight with no ribs showing. But the other 2 that are kept at the place we keep our horses are stick thin. If you guys would like proof, i'd gladly give it to you.
Hmm well she get 4 Quarts a day, plus 1 quart of Alfalfa Pellets mixed in. She is on a regular worming schedule. But I believe my mom said jsut for safe measures we were going to get them all tube wormed, as for hay we have been lacking lately as there isn't much around here. But what we get is usually just regular fescue hay but we have found some Oat hay we were using but we stopped as we noticed some problems with it and when we stopped using it those problems went away. Is Oat hay any good ?
hmm well she get 4 Quarts a day, plus 1 quart of Alfalfa Pellets mixed in. She is on a regular worming schedule. But I believe my mom said jsut for safe measures we were going to get them all tube wormed, as for hay we have been lacking lately as there isn't much around here. But what we get is usually just regular fescue hay but we have found some Oat hay we were using but we stopped as we noticed some problems with it and when we stopped using it those problems went away. Is Oat hay any good ?
4 qts of what??? Looks like she needs some good qaulity hay with more protein. Fescue is not a good hay in my area. Especially for mares.
4 Qts of 10% sweet feed Pellets. Crappy I know but that's what my parents buy. One top of Vitamins and minerals powder plus the Alfalfa, usually Fescue is all you can buy around here besides square bales of Bermuda/Orchard grass/Alfalfa for 9.00+ a bale. I definitely agree about the protein. Mom is going to go out and buy some Empower and such to feed them as well on top of the rest.