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    08-23-2010, 12:43 AM
Smile Potential horse

Hey guys! So what do you think about this horse we might get? Do you think she could jump? Not like showing or anything, just for fun :) Sorry about the saddle, I'll try and get pics without it when we go see her again.
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    08-23-2010, 12:55 AM
I'd really need to see pictures of her without the saddle off to tell if she'd make a good jumper...you need to see if she is "uphill" built (the top of her shoulder blade should be higher than the point of her hip when she is standing on level ground.) She seems to have pretty good conformation, except that she looks like she might have "bench knees", so her canon bone doesn't line up quite right with her knee. That often leads to splints and other possible leg issues later in her life if you are going to be working her hard, but if she's just going to be a mostly pleasure horse and you can get her at a reasonable price you should be fine. Can you try to get some pics of her with the saddle off, on level ground, and another shot of her front legs when she is standing fairly square? Is she a QH? How old is she? She's certainly a pretty little thing. :)
    08-23-2010, 01:07 AM
Yes she is quite cute :). I really hope we get her, we problably will. The people who have her now are just giving her away to a good home so I feel like we age getting the better end of the bargain :). She is an 8 year old appy/arab mare. Sorry, don't have any pics with her saddle off :(. Heres one of her front though, but I'm not sure if it will helpuch. Sorry, I will try to get better pics next time I see her.
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    08-23-2010, 02:04 AM
Awwww her poor feets! I hope you get her too! She's cute, needs someone to fix up her hooves! Are you having a vet check?
    08-23-2010, 10:45 AM
Yeah we're probably going to go ride her one more time and then I we still lik her have or vet out. If that goes well and decide to get her (which looks pretty likely) then they will have her feet trimmed for us.
    08-23-2010, 11:35 AM
If your just getting her you can't go wrong. Every horse can jump how well and how high they jump is the deciding factor. She would be ideal for you to learn horse care with though as 8 is a fairly decent age that has seen most things
    08-23-2010, 03:42 PM
I don't see any reason why she couldn't jump some low jumps.

Not related to her confirmation, but that saddle is WAAAY too far forward in those pics, its needs to go back at least 4 inches. I'm sure she'll move out better if the saddle isn't sitting right on her shoulders :)
    08-23-2010, 07:09 PM
That sounds like a good cross...both arabs and appys are usually very good jumpers. If she is uphill she should jump very well...I just need to see a pic with the saddle off. If she vets clean I think you are getting a great deal on her. I still can't tell for sure if she is bench-kneed...Her conformation is great otherwise, though, except that she is pretty straight in her shoulder, which will make for a pretty short, choppy stride. That won't affect her jumping ability much (I sometimes ride my friend's Morgan/TB mare, who also has a straight shoulder but is an incredible jumper--clears 3'6" no problem), but again can cause stress on her legs later if she is worked hard, and her gaits won't be as comfortable. She has a good-sized head with a kind expression (with maybe a hint of stubbornness), a well-placed neck, strong shoulders, a deep girth, pretty straight legs (except for the possible bench-knees) and excellent hindquarters. If you can get some good pics with the saddle off, I can really tell you whether or not she'll likely make a good jumper...just make sure she's standing fairly square on level ground. :)

Oh, and I think horseluver250 is right about the saddle...I'm an event rider, but it does look too far forward to me also, based on what I know about english saddle-fitting.

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