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post #1 of 9 Old 10-14-2014, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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(Conformation) Will it be OK to jump with her sometimes?

I've posted about her some years ago, but figured since I'd be asking a bit of a different question I'd make a new thread. I'm leasing this horse right now and the owner has suddenly decided to put her up for sale. That shocked me (as she told me she'd never ever sell), but now I'm considering buying her myself, maybe in the beginning of next year. This is not for sure yet, as I posted a thread here sometime ago where I was experiencing problems with the owner. I'm actually considering leaving the place (and this horse, Starry, sadly)..But if I have an option to buy her say next year, well, maybe that isn't such a bad idea.

I'm planning to do dressage to at least medium level. But, my question is, are her pasterns weak for jumping? I've always thought so for some reason.. even though I don't see them as 'long' pasterns, but they sometimes 'almost' touch the ground when we're riding. That's why I've avoided jumping with her in the past..Yes, I plan to do dressage with her, but would like to jump every now and then just for fun :) Maybe about 3ft jumps the highest.

Do you think she'd be good for what I'm asking?

The pictures are of 2012, 2013 (with the handler) and 2014 is the ridden picture as sadly I don't have any conformation shots of her this year.
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-14-2014, 01:56 AM
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pasterns "almost touch the ground" at times.

how do you know? that is a bit worrysome.

she's really cute. she's fat. nice shoulder, deep chest girth. bone a bit light for her girth. what's with the dark, almost black , ring at the top of her hoof? at the coronet band? I mean, her hoof is white, so it's sort of odd to have a dark band at the top.

she is really cute, and I can imagine you'd fall in love. other than her being overweight, I don't see huge red flags regarding her conformation.
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-14-2014, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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The black on her hooves is just dirt. We washed her that day and it just ended up there :)

Here I found a picture to describe what I mean about her pasterns (excuse my weird position please, that was two years ago ) I looked at other pictures of horses galloping and theirs seem to bend in a similar way, though. Maybe I'm overstressing.


Here she is jumping..posting just for fun :)


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I actually thought it through and decided I won't be buying her ): Yes, I love this horse dearly, but she is WAY out of my price range (the owner finally told me the price today). For that money, I could buy a rather sane, Medium-schooled sporthorse, who already has done shows. Of course she is very dear to me and in my heart she'd cost a lot more than any price, but.. yeah. The price is just too much.

Would still be good to know about the jumping though, out of curiosity.
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Pasterns "almost touch the ground" at times.
I would be very concerned if they did NOT do this. It's normal flexion.
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I'm obviously over-thinking then. So there should be no problems with her jumping?
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In the first picture the front ones look a little long. They do seem to flex a tad more than normal but every horse is different.

I wouldn't give her a career as a top level jumper but she should be able to jump no problem.

I'm assuming she's young and wouldn't be jumping her that high (even free jumping) but I assume this wasn't a common occurrence.

Sorry it didn't work out but it sounds like it's for the best.
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this shows more flex than I would say is normal





or . . not? now you've got ME thinking about this.

the horse I am currently riding has a bit too much flex in his fetlock/pastern. the farrier even commented on it. since I can never see myslef riding him at canter, I now wonder what they are going when we DO canter. (i ride alone 90% of the time these days)

however, that mare has a nice bascule over that jump.
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[QUOTE=Kyro;6380585]The black on her hooves is just dirt. We washed her that day and it just ended up there :)

Here I found a picture to describe what I mean about her pasterns (excuse my weird position please, that was two years ago ) I looked at other pictures of horses galloping and theirs seem to bend in a similar way, though. Maybe I'm overstressing.


I'm not a conformation expert but that pic would make me question the soundness of those pasterns. Curious what others have to say. Seems like you're making a nice, level headed decision about not buying her. Good luck finding another!
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Out of curiosity, how old is she? I'm guessing fairly young since she's pretty early in the graying process still (not that that necessarily means anything). Her pasterns look better in the 2013 than the 2012 photo, so I'm wondering if it was just a case of maturing into them?

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