Originally Posted by DuffyDuck
First picture is 4 weeks after I bought her. Not one word of a lie, pretty much all her fur came out, not so she was naked, but it just had no health. Next one is first morning, compared to 4 weeks later, and last picture is at around 5 and a half months.
I have now had Duffy 6 months. Its a long process. Would I recommend you do it? No- I wouldn't do it again. Do I like the Art Deco lines, and would you persuade me to see it? Most likely. See how you feel, and look at others. Nice lines, but a LOT of work lies ahead.
Your 2nd pic is what Gigi looked like when I got her back. If I had not previously owned this mare, thus know what a sweet, loving, lovely individual she is even up to weight, I would not have gone and gotten her. It's heartbreaking to see a horse kept like that and the expense of feeding her up........she gets 2X the feed the others do and she gets a fat supplement (Purina's Amplify) that's pretty exhorbitant cost wise. We're on our 3rd bucket and she's looking much better but we haven't even had our first winter storm yet either. I'm devoted to this horse and didn't really want to sell her when I did, so of course, had to go get her but I wouldn't buy one like her for my first horse experience.
Maybe I'm a Pollyanna, but I feel like your first horse should be just about as close to perfect as you can get. No weight issues, no nasty feet, no abuse etc etc. If you want to get into all that with a subsequent horse, because you've enjoyed your first horse so much and want to give something back, by all means do it. But make your first horse MAGIC!