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post #1 of 16 Old 07-03-2010, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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looking for some imput on my girl

this is doodle she is about eleven years old and about 16.2 she is a Percheron mare I rescued her she was out of a kill pen she is a sweet girl and I am looking to do dressage with her she moves very well though not currently sound we are working to get her better her feet are all messed up. Let me know what you think about her .thanks !
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-03-2010, 09:29 PM
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Well, she's built downhill, she sort of stands under herself.
Cute horse! I love how she's sticking her tongue out in the last photo. LOL
I noticed you're new, welcome to the forum! There are a few members here that ride drafts that could tell you a bit more than I could. Good luck!

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post #3 of 16 Old 07-03-2010, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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unfortunately she is unsound on the front and has almost no hoof and is flat footed on the front due to being over worked and not taken care of properly she also stands on her heels because her toes are way to short which is why she currently stands under her self she is way better with boots on the front ( we are going to put bar shoes on the front But she don t have enough hoof to put a shoe on and has not had enough for over two months now )
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post #4 of 16 Old 07-03-2010, 09:45 PM
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She's a pretty girl. She might have trouble with dressage being as downhill as she is but that wouldn't stop her from benefitting from the good training. I hope you are able to get her sound so that you can start the under saddle journey. Welcome to the forum.

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post #5 of 16 Old 07-03-2010, 10:08 PM
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Very nice horse. I love her color! I'm not a draft person or a dressage person, but she is downhill a bit and her front legs look really under her body, but that may be the way she is standing
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post #6 of 16 Old 07-04-2010, 07:51 PM
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If she's having trouble growing hoof, have you considered a hoof supplement? My horse is on one, and it really helps with growth. Also, when new hoof does come in, it is strong and healthy.
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Agreed with above. I sometimes use Farrier's Formula for my gelding and their hooves grow in faster and tougher.

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post #8 of 16 Old 07-05-2010, 02:40 AM
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Drafts do tend to be flatter in the feet than light horses. Was she worked so hard that she wore her hoof wall down to nothing? That is really odd because most drafts have excellent tough feet. Are you sure that she doesn't have something going on like Seedy Toe?

She is standing wrong now, but I can see that she is cow hocked, and she is butt high. I think that her shoulder is too upright to allow you to have the lift and hesitation you need for dressage. She could do low level dressage but nothing more than maybe 2. She also has a very short neck, even for a Perch, and this is going to interfere with her ability to flex at the poll.

Right now is not the best time to evaluate her. But, if you would take some very good (non cell phone!) photos of her feet- front, side, rear, and underneath- I would love to take a look and see if I can figure out what is wrong. What is most likely is she has a lot of side flare, causing her to hit the ground toe first. This will wear the toes down faster than the heels and sides, and will create the flat dinner plate feet.

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Good luck with her. She’s adorable!! I wonder why you say Percheron, though? She doesn’t look Percheron at all to me.

I hope you’re able to get her comfortable.
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She looks Perch to me. They come in more colors than just white, dapple gray and black. They can also be registered in roan, bay and chestnut. Percherons have more refinement than Belgians in the head, and this draft has a very refined head.

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