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    12-07-2010, 09:38 AM
Critique Possibly Buy: Eventing Prospect!

This is a coming 5 year old OTTB mare. Again, I understand not the best critique photos, but if you could do your best, I would really appreciate it. I am having her vetted on Thursday and if she vets clean, I will buy her regardless (she is UBER cheap), but would ultimately like to pursue an Eventing career in a perfect world

Thanks for your input!
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    12-07-2010, 03:54 PM
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She's a very pretty mare! Great muscular build in the hindquarters, well formed legs, and an over all clean build. The only thing I see is that she doesnt look like she has a very deep girth or wide chest, which might effect her stamina in cross country fazes of eventing- but if you condition her right that shouldn't matter much. Have you seen her jump anything? That's going to be the biggest deal- how she carries herself naturally over even poles.
    12-07-2010, 04:06 PM
Thanks Endiku-

Unfortunately (or fortunately however you look at it), I havent seen her over fences or poles. She is just now coming 5 and off the track since last year. She has only had very little flatwork done with her.

When I went to look at her, she was the typical TB and just busy busy busy, but not overly excitable really. She seems to have a really great and easy going temperament. I hope that translates to a horse that is willing.

I will probably not even start her over poles or fences for another year.
    12-07-2010, 04:21 PM
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She could do with more muscling on her neck & I agree with Endiku about her chest/girth.
Also, in the last photo she looks slightly cow-hocked.
    12-07-2010, 04:25 PM
Sure wish I could see her back in the photos.

Compared to some of the OTTBs I have seen this year her pasterns look nice. (There seemed to be tons of horses with scary long pasterns this year coming off the track.)

Best I can tell she has a nice shoulder.
    12-07-2010, 04:30 PM
Thanks for the feedback everyone. Lilruffian-I would agree that she needs more muscling in a lot of places, especially her neck. She definitely doesnt have the concept of collection in ANY sense of the word, so her neck and topline will hopefully fill out a little better once she actually starts using her muscles.

AB-I will hopefully be picking her up on Thursday and should be able to get some better confo shots for everyone to look at. Although, they wont be as "pretty" as these since she has her fuzzy winter coat on...ha!
    12-07-2010, 04:35 PM
That padding is just ridiculous - please get her a saddle that fits when you own her!

She looks like a very pretty mare - definitely post pics for us when you get her! :)
    12-07-2010, 04:38 PM
Originally Posted by Clementine    
That padding is just ridiculous - please get her a saddle that fits when you own her!

She looks like a very pretty mare - definitely post pics for us when you get her! :)
LOL! Funny that you said this...

When I saw the ad and the first picture, I was VERY skeptical of going to see this horse. First of all, she was advertised at $900 (which I know the economy, blah blah, but here in Texas, horses are still selling quite well) and I saw that padding and I was thinking that she had some major high withers.

They are TB withers, but nothing extreme in my opinion. But to take your advice, I most definitely will. I specifically have not yet purchased a saddle for this very reason
    12-07-2010, 04:50 PM
BTW for those who can comment on her pedigree, I would appreciate that as well...

    12-07-2010, 04:55 PM
She looks fake in the last picture to me. Like plastic or something; she's very shiny! (:
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