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        07-26-2011, 12:33 PM
    What do YOU think she would be good at?

    As the title states I want to know what you personally think my mare would be good at based on her confo. I'm just asking out of curiosity but I'm interested in your opinions of her strenghts and weaknesses regarding various disciplines. She's 15hh if that is in any way important as well. Thanks!
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        07-26-2011, 12:48 PM
    Green Broke
    She is VERY rump high which will make ANY discipline difficult as she will be hard to get off her forehand and working off her hind quarters. Just standing she hollows her back.

    She does not have an open enough angle at point of shoulder to be a jumper and with the butt high conformation, dressage would be likewise difficult (tho she would benefit from the training).

    I look at her and think she would make a good trail horse or maybe western pleasure if you can get her to travel in a frame. She might make a good school horse for beginners if she is trained.

    The business of being rump high really will limit her in any sort of serious sport like gaming.

    I do like her bone and her color.
        07-26-2011, 12:52 PM
    How old is she?
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        07-26-2011, 12:59 PM
    She's 8 and she isnt actually as rump high as she looks in the photos, her front feet are in a hole in a few of the photos and that entire pasture is actually a hill that she faced down on for almost every photo lol. I'll see if I can get some of her on a flat peice of ground later today.
        07-26-2011, 01:16 PM
    Then perhaps it is better to retake some photos for a better conformational analysis
        07-26-2011, 03:14 PM
    Here are some photos I managed to get at lunch. They obviously are no good for much of an analysis but they show her on fairly level ground so you can see the degree of her 'downhill-ness'. The other photos should suffice when it comes to her legs and such until I have the time to go out and get a better, level, shot of her.
        07-26-2011, 04:34 PM
    No way. Is that India?!! Do you live in California? Or did she come from California?
        07-26-2011, 05:12 PM
    No I'm in Alberta haha I bought her from a girl (in Alberta as well) who said she had rescued her. Apparently there was a women who had 50 something horses out on pasture and when she died her husband didnt know a thing about horses so he put up an add saying come get them (free) or they're going to the slaughterhouse. She was unbroken when rescued and at the time I bought her she had apparently only had around 60 rides so I'm not sure as to how long the last girl had her or her history before that. She looks familiar I'm assuming? Haha it would be cool if someone else recognized her! She is pretty distinct marking-wise.
        07-27-2011, 08:57 AM
    Green Broke
    While these are a bit better she is still at least rum/withers even. Again, I thin she will be difficult to collect for things such as gaming. That being said, if that is what you want to do, go for it. Train her to collect and get her weight to the rear and see how she does.

    She is still not a jumping prospect and I believe will point her knees down which can make her capable of catching a bar (which can cause a wreck).

    If you put a great foundation on her, she will let you know what she would be good at as you try different things.
        07-27-2011, 11:54 AM
    Thanks everyone. That's exactly what I was planning on doing Elana, let her show me what she's good/what she enjoys doing since I don't really have anything specific in mind at the moment. I got a few more pictures I thought I would post (hope I'm not driving anyone crazy). They still arent fantastic but they do the job, the bugs were so bad here last night getting any of them to stand still was a challenge. Please excuse her feet by the way, I know they are BAD. She was due for a trim when we got her and our farrier had just been out so she's had to wait, he's back in a week though thank god.

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