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    05-28-2011, 12:29 AM
What do you think of my new Paint filly?

I GOT MY NEW HORSE TODAY! Her name is Clover, and she's a 3 year old Paint mare (not registered). She has been in a field with 50 other horses and was clearly at the bottom of the totem pole. She's got bite marks and scrapes all over. She also has an old hock injury, which has been x rayed and apparently it's just scar tissue. Eventually, I will have this removed. The vet said she's sound to ride, so even though it looks very ugly, it's not that bad.

She trailered fine, and then I gave her a bath. She was so patient and sweet. She's not spooky at all and she accepted everything with calmness. I can't wait to work with her!

So what do you guys think of her? She's still growing, but can you point out any bad points about her? Clearly she's underweight and not in shape, but other than that? She's a little under herself as well.

After a bath (still needs more work but you should have seen how muddy she was!):

This is her at a show last year.

And best of all, she was FREE!! :) Yay!
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    05-28-2011, 12:52 AM
She's gorgeous. Only thing that really stands out to me other then what you mentioned was her hooves. I can't really tell by the pics but they look like she drags her feet when she walks. Not sure though. That could simply be that her feet need farrier attention though.
    05-28-2011, 01:21 AM
She is very sweet with fantastic coloration. Her hind legs are very posty with super upright pasterns and tiny hooves , all four. The hind leg is a bit crooked, (meaning the canon is not upright when aligned with the back edge of the rump). Her neck is put on a little low, but correct work will help muscle up the upper portion and make it look better.
She seems exceedingly sweet and should make a lovely riding horse, though I wonder if her delicate feet would hold kup to heavy trail riding (if that were your plan)
    05-28-2011, 01:40 AM
I was going to mention the legs, but the coloration kind of threw me off. If you look hard enough it seems like the "defects" are where the colors meet. But I'm not a conformation expert, so I wouldn't take what I have to say to the bank.
    05-28-2011, 01:53 AM
Green Broke
Those legs really worry me. Her pasterns are very steep and her feet are superbly tiny. Her back legs are pretty messed up; crooked and posty, as mentioned. All in all, these things --conformation, as well as that old injury-- could/probably will affect her future soundness. Her hocks will likely become very problematic and stiff with age or heavy use, leading to arthritis and unsoundness.

With those feet and pasterns... Think about trying to run in tiny high heels. Everyday. For miles, maybe. Tendon strain, soreness, etc...

What are you going to use her for?

On the plus side, I love her markings. She is like my dream overo. I want one marked just like her.
    05-28-2011, 02:05 AM
Green Broke
Well I can't see a hock issue..which leg? The coloring is probably throwing me for a loop.I studied the pictures and confused. Her back legs are very upright in the back. I know a horse like this and she is fine. Your farrier MAY be able to help her out by adjusting the angle to her hooves. I know my farrier helped as my horse was at a 60 degree angle. She was tall in the heels.

I think she will be lovely for local halter classes and trails.

Every horse has flaws :) Hope none of the comments discouraged you of your new horse. I love her. She reminds me of mine.
    05-28-2011, 03:06 PM
Thanks for the comments...I appreciate them. :) I will keep an eye on her legs--both hocks are hot at the moment, so we will be resting her for a couple months and just doing light ground work to try to get them to heal, especially her bad one. How much of an affect will the posti-ness in back hurt her? My Paso Fino has, in my opinion, much worse legs in back and we compete gaming and do trail riding.

My thoughts for this filly are to do some hunter under saddle with her, as well as showing in trail and horsemanship. Clearly she's not put together well-enough for halter showmanship.

Today the vet came out--gave shots, did Coggins test, and did teeth. She had 3 caps pulled, as well as a wolf tooth, and got her teeth floated, so now she should put on the weight much better. She also has lice, so we are treating her for that.

Also, I don't know if this makes a difference, but her feet are kind of broken off--she hasn't gotten proper farrier care for awhile, so hopefully those will get better. If she's still growing, will her feet also grow? She probably still has another 3-4 inches to go or so (from what we estimated) so is there a chance her hooves might get bigger too?

Do you think she'll be sound for what I plan on using her for? She's not an energetic horse at ALL, so there's no way she could do gaming. I think some pleasure classes, trail classes and horsemanship classes are more up her alley, if she can stay sound for them--what do you think??
    05-28-2011, 03:30 PM
Green Broke
Most of the post legged horses I know simply get stiff in the hocks. One posty mare I work with needs a good warmup before riding and a cool down afterwards to work out some of the ouchyness. She benefited GREATLY from joint supplements.

If you take good care of her and watch for issues, I don't think you'll have too big a problem with her. HUS, trail, and horsemanship aren't terribly high impact. She's just not the kind of mare I would run endurance with or do high level, high impact activities with for months at the time.

At this age, her proportions --feet included-- are not going to change much. I doubt she'll come up a shoe size.

Sounds like you're treating her very nicely! I bet she hasn't been seen by a vet or gotten her teeth done in a while. She's living the horsey good life.
    05-28-2011, 03:49 PM
Green Broke
Also,she may not have a ton of energy right now do to poor health but once she is feeling better abotu herself she may be able to do other things.

BE,you had a good recommendation about using joint supplements..this could really help your girl out.
    05-28-2011, 05:27 PM
For all the minor flaws you may see in her, I think she's a beauty. Good luck in getting her back into shape.

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