My Craptacularly Crippled Cayuse
Up for conformation critique. Currently nine years old (though these photos are all from two to four years ago). 1D barrel mare with limited hauling and unlimited capacity to injure herself. Now sadly retired from the barrel pen due to lingering old (and new) soft tissue, etc. problems in the left front leg. When she's hobbling is better than aerage, we now practice dressage....badly.
Last attached photo is the most recent.
Pretty color,..., I've always liked a flea bitten grey.
How incredibly sad that she is permanently crippled at 9 years of age:-(.
She's put together really well, what could have happened for her to have to be retired at 9?
Hopefully, she is still able to be lightly trail ridden.
Opps, I see you say you are now practicing dressage.
I hope that's not too strenuous on a horse with soft tissue damage?
Good luck with her:wink:
She is a pretty mare...maybe with some rest and off time she will improve enough for light dressage and trail riding.
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i use to have a horse that looked like that
I can totally believe she was really great at barrels, she is very well built for it.
She is very well balanced with good muscling all over. Shorter neck, shorter back, compact hindquarter.
She has a little bit more of an upright shoulder, nothing tragic though. Shorter pasterns with great angles! In the back, shes got some spring to her hock that I like in a speed horse.
Overall, I like Miss Bones. I think shes built quite nicely!
This is an attractive horse, the firefly chaser correct? Nice muscling & a good topline, great back engine. I am no expert, so take my critique with a grain of salt. I do see a bit of post legs on hind legs and her neck is a wee bit on the short side and ties in high to her shoulders, with the pronounced dip before her withers. Excellent condition and nice weight, well cared for horse.
She is nice but incredibly upright and straight in front. The legs is so straight and the pasterns don't help that a LOT.. a bit short. Left hock looks capped in the saddle picture and hind pasterns look very upright.
Isn't this the same mare you were false racking?
IMO she does not have enough hock to do a LOT of dressage at higher levels. She may have enough try but she really does not have the appearance of a dresage horse. That being said, dressage basics are good for any horse.
I have finally given up taking her to the vet, after--literally--twice-a-month visits earlier this year, and false hope every time, and many expensive treatments. She is never badly lame, and her quality of life is fine, but I've now spent two years and over $6000 (yes, of my own meager savings) trying to fix her, all to no avail. When she's doing well, I ride her lightly, and when she's "off," I let her be.
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