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post #1 of 9 Old 01-21-2012, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Ottb broodie - conformation critique and restart opinion

This mare is 10 years old and just had a baby. She was a broodmare for a few years. What do you think about restarting her? Conformation critique as well please as a hunter/jumper, dressage or event horse. She's little - only 15.2h

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-21-2012, 10:28 PM
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She is pretty small for the occupations you want her for. Wouldn't it be better to start with a bigger horse?

Looking at her legs, it looks like she could have a low bow on her left front or a big ankle. I would have to have a lot better look than this photo. Either one would nix her in my book for a performance prospect.

Has she been vetted and cleared for hard use? I sure would not want to put a year or more of training in a prospect with previous leg problems.

The cost of the prospect is the smallest part of your investment in a performance prospect. This one does not look real suitable for what you want, no matter how cheap she is.
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She is very girly looking, sweety pie. If that's a low bowed tendon, please don't jump her.
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I'm no conformation expert but there seems to be something funky about her stifles/gaskin. Maybe it's just me, but she seems incredibly weak there, it looks very short and no muscle at all. And that ankle looks pretty suspect, I would definitely have her vetted if you even think she's worth the cost of doing it, and that's always going to be a spot to watch. I don't think her height is an issue, there are plenty of smaller horses who can do fine at jumping. But I would definitely pass.
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I wouldn't use her for a hunter/jumper at all. I have a OTTB and she is over 16 hh high. She might be good for other things but not for jumping.
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If she vets out, you didn't tell us what lever of jumper/eventer you are at? She looks and is built much like a horse I rode and he flew over jumps because the desire was there but my skill level was 4'. He too was 15.2hh.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-22-2012, 09:18 AM
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She need some food in her for one thing, but I also have to second what waresbare advised.
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-22-2012, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Shes a rescue horse
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-22-2012, 12:36 PM
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You did not answer the questions --

Does she have an old bow or big ankle?

Has she been vetted for soundness and suitability for the use you intend her for?

An unsound rescue is just a money-pit and a heartache unless you want them for a pasture pet. You could be a lot better off looking for a sound young prospect. There are thousands of them and they are headed to the same fate as an old unsound one but are a much greater loss to the industry.
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