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    04-26-2010, 09:16 PM
Beautiful horse! I agree with everyone else: feet and muscle. :)
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    04-27-2010, 01:25 PM
I agree a little sickle hocked, and her neck seems thin, of course I prefer a thicker neck. And toe brought back and let some heel grow.

Usually the paw prints mean they are homozygous Tobiano or black (black base), can't remember which one. (It doesnt always mean that, but is more likely)
    04-27-2010, 01:41 PM
Oh my god, that looks just like my Quincy girl I sold a few years ago! Too funny, she had paw prints like that too :)

Anyway, for a Tobiano she's very pretty. I do agree with everyone else though, that she needs muscle and something done to her feet.
    04-27-2010, 07:46 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by KrystaLake    
I agree a little sickle hocked, and her neck seems thin, of course I prefer a thicker neck. And toe brought back and let some heel grow.

Usually the paw prints mean they are homozygous Tobiano or black (black base), can't remember which one. (It doesnt always mean that, but is more likely)
The paw printing is considered a standard indication that a horse is homozygous for tobiano. Which means she will always produce tobiano foals. I'm not sure if they've encountered instances where the paw printing DOESN'T mean that, but as for as I've researched, it's something only seen on homozygous tobianos.
    04-27-2010, 07:53 PM
Green Broke
Whoa, very nice. I think everyone else covered what I was about to say.. She looks very slim - not your typical "paint" IMHO, so I guess she is is going to be used for English riding? Very pretty, just get those feet trimmed & that horsey muscled! :)
    04-27-2010, 08:56 PM
The truth ?????

Starting from the front.

I like the head. This is the best part of her.

She has a short length of shoulder and that shortness is what has caused the neck to have little shape. There is little change in thickness from the shoulder to the throatlatch and as a result the throatlatch is thick and the tie into the chest is weak in its foundation. The short shoulder will also limit the striding of the horse.

I don't like that she stands over her front end and that coupled with the rear legs (as JDI pointed out being sickle hocked) makes her appear to be weak in balance and if I were buying her, I would have a vet check her out.

The point of her shoulder (withers) stands too upright and doesn't really flow into the back but I have seen worse. Following the back which is a decent length the top line falls off the croup and doesn't give you that roundness that allows for the buildup of a stronger hind end. The under line is almost herring gutted but not quite and could be the result of her stance, but also shows lack of good rib spring. The deep body that is what you look for in a well sprung horse is not there so I wonder about her endurance factor.

I agree about the feet and wonder if the horse ever foundered (causing the stance she is exhibiting). This I would look into.

Bottom line, I would not look to this horse as a performance horse but for general riding around should do fine if the areas of concern proved usable.
    04-27-2010, 09:32 PM
My summer rescue project. She seems to be bred decent. Needs more weight and muscle. Vet here tomorrow. Feet done tuesday. Her pedigree says all performance and halter champ sires. Doesn't mean she is. But I figure for trail riding and fun shows she will be fine. Good willing mare. I paid a delivery fee and a small amount of cash to get her out of her place. They have 50 horses or so. Anyhow will see what vet says in the morning. I ride western, but not looking a 'performance star' thanks for your honesty.
    04-27-2010, 09:37 PM
Actually western riding, but yes needs some muscle and weight. We're getting there slowly. Thanks for your thoughts. Vet here tomorrow. I didn't actually pay much for this mare. Got her out of a rough spot. I won't be showing anything serious, just trails in the mountains, camping, some funshows locally. Just for my therapy ...cheaper than a shrink..haha. Thanks for your opion.
    04-27-2010, 09:41 PM
Yes she has the gene. Was tested when she was born. They never registered her. She got 'lost' but we are well on our way. She has added some weight and is very sweet. I love her head, don't like her withers and neck much, and I beleive her stance is not that great. But for trail riding and a few funshows she should be fine. Not much money in her. I got her out of a rough spot. Thanks so much.
    04-27-2010, 10:36 PM
Shes cute...but trim her feet! That looks awful painful:(

Sorry if its been mentioned. I didnt have time to read the other posts.

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