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 !
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!
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 )
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.
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.
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.