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
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.
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.
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.
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.