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FaceTheMusic 02-11-2013 01:01 PM

Older AQHA mare
 
This is my 28 y/o AQHA mare, Sissy. Yes, I said 28! Her registered name is IMA Dream Gal Two. She was my first horse and I've been lucky with her. I've had her for 10 years now and she is still as feisty as ever. I'm just curious what you guys think of her. I know she has her faults, but I'm interested to know what you guys think. Thanks!

Also, sorry if the angles of the pics aren't quite right. My mother took them.
This one is from May of 2012
http://i49.tinypic.com/2pqjc5h.jpg
Also from May of last year, she hates bathes...
http://i50.tinypic.com/az9ud.jpg
From July or August of 2012
http://i50.tinypic.com/zugx3p.jpg
This one is from a couple weeks ago. Sorry this one's not great. She was being a brat.
http://i45.tinypic.com/158474x.jpg

Corporal 02-11-2013 01:05 PM

For 28yo, she is ALLOWED to have a weak looking back!! She looks very loved.

Dustbunny 02-11-2013 01:27 PM

I'd like to look that good when I get to her age (by comparison)!
Oh wait! I am close to her age (by comparison).

Elana 02-11-2013 01:35 PM

If a horse is aged and sound and still being used that is all the critique you need.

Conformation IMO is about a horse's longevity or use for a specific job. At 28 she has proven her soundness and longevity and if she is still being used, you KNOW the jobs she is good at.

Nice horse.

Copperhead 02-11-2013 01:37 PM

lmao @ the photobombing horse in the first pic!

I think she looks wonderful for being 28. I love her neck. She has a long back but as far as QH horses go, she's pretty decent. Mine is a train wreck! haha

FaceTheMusic 02-11-2013 01:51 PM

Thank you all for the lovely comments. She really is a great horse. She just has a bit too much attitude in her old age. haha

Endiku 02-11-2013 01:53 PM

yep, only things about her that I can pick at are that she stands a little under herself and has a touch of a long back. Obviously not a big deal for her though, considering that she still looks this good! Long backs, if treated right, don't seem to make too much of a difference as far as aged soundness goes. Our 50 year old QH mare Delriah was built very much like your girl, and she stayed sound until less than a year before passing away, and even then she went sore from artheritis in her hocks, not her back!

FaceTheMusic 02-11-2013 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Endiku (Post 1889256)
yep, only things about her that I can pick at are that she stands a little under herself and has a touch of a long back. Obviously not a big deal for her though, considering that she still looks this good! Long backs, if treated right, don't seem to make too much of a difference as far as aged soundness goes. Our 50 year old QH mare Delriah was built very much like your girl, and she stayed sound until less than a year before passing away, and even then she went sore from artheritis in her hocks, not her back!

Wow, I'd like to think Sissy could make it to 50! She too, has a bit of arthritis in her hocks. Not too bad though. Just enough that she needs a joint supplement. Do you mind me asking how old was your mare before you retired her? Or was she still being ridden at that age?

Cacowgirl 02-11-2013 02:01 PM

She looks great for her age. That you are still using her is proof of her soundness.

Bellasmom 02-11-2013 02:09 PM

She's 28, she's sound, & she is in great shape.....kudos to you!


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