Free horse critique--Is she worth it?
So I'm still on the hunt for my project horse. I've tried a few here and there. Most have been good but way overpriced (greenbroke horses with meh breeding that people want $3000+ for!) and some have not been sound/sane. I was browsing and I came across this girl.
She's an 8 year old mare, no vices, 15HH and they don't state her breed but I think TB. She hasn't been ridden in a year, so would need to be started back. She's FREE to a good home with references. Her height is a little smaller then I like. She'd be a jumper (maybe hunter depending on how she looks) and I'd like to try a little dressage or eventing. The chain on her nose also makes me think she's probably lacking some ground manners or is a little pushy. What do you guys think?
Not bad. Her withers carry nicely into her back. Her knees are flat. She looks a bit short in the neck and her hind leg is a bit over straight. She is not brilliant but not bad. Standing her in the snow is not so good as it has her uneven.
Some farms put a chain over the nose of every horse so until you actually handle her, don't assume on ground manners.
I would check her feet for adequate hoof wall (a jumping horse needs good feet!) and it that was good give her a try. Wish she was a little younger.. 5 instead of 8.. but would not whine due to the 'price.'
Since you are shopping for a project horse I assume you will do a full PPE. Hopefully if she has any soundness issues that will hurt your ability to resell they will show up then.
Someone more experienced than I correct me if I'm wrong...But she appears to have a not so ideal forearm to cannon ratio- that is that they are almost the same length. For a free horse, however, she is lovely.
I think she is very nice for a free horse.
She looks slightly back at the knee and straight through the hocks, but otherwise she is lovely.I think she has a lovely shoulder and head on her. Her neck needs work as it is rather upsidedown but this looks like a training(or lack there of) issue as opposed to a skeletal problem.
Beautiful horse! for free, I would definitely check her out! I am sure she will be great at something. I love her face. :)
I agree with Faye's assessment for the most part. I do not htink her neck is short, look at it in relation to her back, Both are short, and this is just fine.
I like her. Being short is good. I bet she'll turn out to be the handiest little Thbd around.
If she's free then you won't lose anything by going to have a look at her! She reminds me of a TB mare I had - exactly the same colour and build but with only a white star.
TBs are sometimes mis-understood, but if you can get her going nicely then I'm sure she'll make you very happy!
She has a lovely, kind face. Do update on how you get on!
She has a "kind" look in her eye which could be due to a good personality
Really cute, i wouldn't mind having this girl, wheres she located? haha
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