What would you do?
I feel like I've been posting tons of threads lately haha.
Anyways, I have somewhat of a dilemma. I bought my mare when she was a foal. She was about 8 months old when she finally came to me. I've raised her since then and I completely adore her. I bought her to be a jumper. I'm perfectly content with jumping 3+ feet. I don't need a horse to jump like 5-6 feet. I have that bond/click with her which I've always lacked with my other horse. I love it! Here's the thing though. As she has grown up, she's 3 now, she's developed conformational faults. She's back at the knee and one of her back legs looks like it might have a minor case of a contracted tendon (her pastern has a weird angle to it which in turn has made her hoof look different in comparison to the other, normal looking one). I'm not sure what I can do with a horse that's back at the knee. My other horse, who is 30+ years old and I've had for 13 years, couldn't jump. His max was 3 feet because of bowed tendons and when I was actually confident enough to jump, he kept getting injured (not riding related injuries).
So I've had a horse that I couldn't do what I wanted with for 13 years. Can I really do it again with my young horse?
There's that little bit of hope in me that her conformation will change seeing as she is only 3, a draft cross, and still growing. After the farrier trims her (she is seeing a different farrier instead of the one she's used practically her whole life) her legs look straighter then as time progresses, she looks more back at the knee again.
What would you do in this situation? Sell a horse that you adore for a horse that can do what you want? Or keep her, hope for the best, and suck it up that I can't jump with her one day?
I just keep debating things and I really don't know what to do considering how much I adore her but also how much I want to have a horse that can actually jump.
I would have a vet evaluate her leg. But I was in a similar situation a few years ago. I had bought this great little 2 year old who I loved to death, she was so sweet and smart. She looked fine conformation wise when I bought her and I had big dreams for her. She was my first real barrel prospect to train myself. But as she started growing more her legs became very sickle hocked. It was ugly. I knew she was never going to be what I wanted with her legs. She wouldn't be capable of doing / holding up to the level I show at. Mainly I worried about her holding up in the future when we got to barrels. I ended up selling her, listing her mainly as a trail riding prospect. She found good home and I bought another prospect. This time older and ready to go. That's what I did anyway.
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Patience. And maybe trimming her more often until her feet have grown out to a healthier shape and angle. I think I said that before;-)
Thanks for your responses. It's such a hard debate in my head.
Deserthorsewoman, I'll definitely ask the farrier if she could come more often and hope for the best.
Does anyone else have opinions?
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