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post #1 of 4 Old 07-31-2011, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Critique, Older Appaloosa mare, pic heavy

Please critique if you will my ugly, old, grumpy appaloosa mare. We rescued her from a horrible situation about 2 months ago, she was bone thin and her feet had not been done in 5+ years Her feet are still a work in progress so please keep that in mind as they look long in the photos. The vet estimates her age from 14-20 and she is 14-14.2h. The vet also thinks that she was a former broodmare, thus the big fat broodmare belly. She just got her clean bill of health yesterday and I plan to start lightly trailriding her as soon as her feet have been done once more and when her boots come in.

Also what would I call her color? She had her winter coat still when I got her and was a dappled grey, then went a shade darker, then was almost a blue roan and now is ? Im still leaning towards a roan of some sort as she has solid legs but really I know nothing about colors...

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-31-2011, 11:34 AM
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i think she is very pretty.
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I don't think she's ugly or has a big fat belly. She looks like all she really needs is some groceries, an exercise program and her feet worked on. For the weight gain, I would suggest Nutrena Empower Boost. Its a wonderful supplement that will help her gain weight without making her hyper. For her feet, get some Absorbine Hooflex and apply every time you have her feet worked on and any time they look dry.

As for her overall conformation, she looks like a nice old girl. Her neck ties into her chest a little high and her throatlatch and head are coarse. But, her chest looks nice and wide and she doesn't appear to be too cowhocked. I think a little TLC will have this mare looking like a new horse in just a few short months.

As for her color, I'd say she is a snowflake appy. You can probably Google Appaloosa Color Chart and it will give you photo examples of each colors that appy's come in.

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I think her conformation is actually quite good. Perhaps that was why she was a broodmare. Her neck ties in high, but this is good. Her chest is square, elbows reasonabley free (not tucked in too tight) , pastern angles normal, hip has pretty good slope to it. Her back is a bit long, but this is typical of appys.

What I see is her stance makes me think she might have some back or pelvis discomfort. There is a very slight bump just in front of the sacroilliac joint area, and the way she tuckes her hocks under a tad, a slightly "sickle hocked" appearance but to me is not the actualy shape of her leg, but rather that she has been standing for a long time trying to alleviate discomfort on the front feet. Could be that having such long toes and such low heels has put undue strain on the tendons of the forleg and the suspensory ligaments of the pastern/toe. Once her front legs feel better, she may stand more squarely.

YOu will want to work with her learning, little by little, to both reach well under and to stretch well out behind. Working on hills and over small cavaletti helps.
If she is grumpy, that also speaks of long term discomfort, possibley.

I like her and think she may make a really nice riding horse.
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