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post #1 of 17 Old 08-13-2020, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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13 yr old thoroughbred Thoughts? Just one pic again. Sorry.
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-13-2020, 09:09 PM
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I'm no good at conformation, but I think that you are not going to have a fun time finding a saddle to fit that horse.

As someone who went through several poorly-fitting saddles, over a year of headaches, and a lamed pony, I have to say that if I ever buy a riding horse again I will buy one that has a back that is much closer to the norm. I do NOT want to go through that again.

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post #3 of 17 Old 08-13-2020, 09:35 PM
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High wither, longish back. Nothing strikes me as obviously 'wrong' about her, except appears that behind the wither there could be a bit of 'dropping' or more curvature than normal of the spine. Maybe just muscle/atrophy/fitness is needed. Or maybe not & it's just the bigger than normal wither making it look that way. Apart from wither clearance, I can't see any more obvious causes of saddle fit prob from just that one pic. Can't really see her hooves with that light/colour, but angle of pasterns & hairline suggests her fores may be a bit 'run forward' which is not 'conformation' and is not permanent - is fixable , if it is the case.
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post #4 of 17 Old 08-13-2020, 09:42 PM
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She's cute and a Thoroughbred and looks it.
With no muscle tone I would expect her back to drop as it is.
She is lacking the fat pad under the wither, whether she is lacking actual weight can't tell from that picture accurately.
For the right price, recognizing she will need some work to be brought back to her glory, she could be a nice find.
I see nothing glaringly wrong with her...she is pretty balanced with angles matching top and bottom and front to back..
I would go see her in person as the picture is enticing but in-person look see is the only way you will know yea or nay.
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post #5 of 17 Old 08-13-2020, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Apparently not difficult to saddle. Narrow tree and half pad I’m told
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post #6 of 17 Old 08-13-2020, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Problem is she’s from rehomimg so if you like you buy They are asking 3000 cdn I don’t feel comfortable doing that hence the reason for posts and lack of pics. Saw video she seems to move well. Doesn’t say no to jumps and has been there done that
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post #7 of 17 Old 08-13-2020, 10:01 PM
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Apparently not difficult to saddle. Narrow tree and half pad Iím told
*Might be* that is why the wither area looks like that, 'dropped'. And while horses shouldn't have 'fat pads', I think HLG probably means the muscle seems to be lacking at the rear of the scapula/base of wither, which is commonly due to ill fitting, too narrow saddles. I would not imagine this horse needs a narrow tree in the least, but that, as is common, it's been set too far forward on her, interfered with the scapula & caused atrophy, maybe some damage to the cartilage extension of the scapula.
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post #8 of 17 Old 08-13-2020, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ok that makes sense
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post #9 of 17 Old 08-13-2020, 10:10 PM
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I like her. I bet she moved quite nicely. Thirteen is a good age, too.
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post #10 of 17 Old 08-13-2020, 10:12 PM
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Apparently not difficult to saddle. Narrow tree and half pad Iím told
I can tell you from experience, this horse will be a nightmare to find a properly fitting saddle for. I have one built just like her, and his shoulders are medium-wide to wide when in proper work - but to get a saddle that fits his shoulder and also provides proper wither clearance...it's a real headache.

I'm not staying it's a reason not to buy her, but for me - I don't want to go back through another saddle fitting headache.

If you have access to a reputable saddle fitter, she meets all of your criteria on the gound & undersaddle, and she passes a PPE (pre-purchase exam), I say why not.

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