Can you please share your thoughts on his conformation?
I'm a longtime follower of this great forum and this is my first post. Please note that this is not my horse but I'm planning to rescue it from the misery in that picture. (Look at the reins in that picture when he is not even being ridden).
I've just come across this picture on a travel forum and my heart started bleeding for this for horse so much that I've sent a friend who lives near that place to go find that horse. Luckily he found it and sensing our determination the owner is asking a fortune, but I want to get him out of it. By the way I still don't know if it's he/she and my friend who went to see is not a horse person and forgot to ask :(
This horse is in India and it's a "Marwari" horse, I love that breed and hence my handle.
I know it's not a great picture to judge conformation but it is the only picture I've. Can you please look at him share your honest thoughts?
So, you live in Boston and want to rescue a horse in India solely based off a picture you found on the internet? You can probably find 100 horses within a 100 mile radius of your home in much worse condition. Or you just want this "rare" breed? And why do you care about his conformation if your biggest concern seems to be how he is being mistreated?
Very odd post.
I wanted to know what to anticipate and expect and how to rehab such mistreated horse.
Thanks for your post.
This horse, while being bitted up harshly, is in excellent physical condition. He should cost a bit.. as he looks to have pretty nice conformation. Large hocks and I like what I see from this angle.
If you want to stop a horse from this sort of riding, then you will have to stop an entire riding style on which this is based. This looks much like horses I have seen pictures of in India, Morroco, Mexico, Spain, Belize, United States... well you get the drift.
The only way to "save" horses from training abuse is through education. It is even harder than saving horses by educating owners they need to feed them enough (or at all in some parts of the world).
That being said, the hill is a long one, the path rough and you will likely never reach the top. Doesn't mean don't try... just sayin'
Buying this horse will help this one animal.. and free up funds for his owner to buy 3 more that will be trained in a similar fashion.
I don't know how anyone can judge hocks based on the angle of this picture. If anything, his hocks look capped to me.
Thank you for your post. It's encouraging, and about reaching to the top,
I don't have any goals of where I want to get to, get out of or prove to anyone with horses. I just love horses and being around them adds quality to my life. At the same time I want my horses to have better life than they had before.
Last line in your post "freeing up funds for that owner" is so real and concerns me though. I'll have to think it through.
His thighs and gaskins look weak in the photo. Yes, it is cruel to me how the headset is.
From what little I can see of the breed he seems a bit atypical. It might be the angle of the photo but it seems like he is bit heavy. Is this a stallion? Is he going to be a foundation animal? If you are considering him as a foundation horse for your breeding program I would say better photos are in order. In addition, due to coloration he is going to cost a pretty penny as (from what I understand of the breed) the paint patterns are valued.
Its not my business at all but how will you ensure that your farm managers in India do not put him in the same bit and equipment as his current owners? While the bit and equipment is not what I would use on my horse and it seems unduly harsh there are horses in worse condition in the USA and even India.
Thanks for your post and I wanted to get honest opinions from you all, so you don't need to hesitate in saying anything.
I'm not planning to breed at all on my farm. Will keep two or three horses so that they have company. My parents run this form and we have few animals on the farm and they all are cared with love and passion. Miss treating is out of question, it's the spoiling I need to worry about :)
I'm planning to live there for 3-4 years due to my work, will take most of the tack from here and no one else will ride except me.
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Looks nice, considering the 'training' techniques used.
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