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post #1 of 22 Old Yesterday, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Question Thoughts on this 3 Year Old?

Hi everyone!

So I am currently looking to adopt this 3-year-old mustang mare. She is out of Adobe Town Wyoming and apparently 15.2hh at three years old.

I'm not looking to do anything crazy with her, I just want to experience working with a mustang. However, I do want to make sure her conformation is ok as I'm wanting to do a bit of dressage with her (Training 1 or intro tests). Also, do you all think she might grow to at least 16hh given her height and current age?

Thanks in advance!
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At 3 the skeletal height is over 98% done. Some are finished and as tall as they will get. You just don't know. If she is truly 15.2 and an early 3 then she could put on another inch maybe two. Muscle maturation and building her top line will also put a small amount of height on her.


Any horse can do entry level dressage. Some better than others but it is not just about the horse conformationally but how well the rider asks and the horse responds. Getting the basics down well maneuver by maneuver and then putting it all together so the horse is well versed in what is being asked makes a difference.
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Wow she's gorgeous. I am confused, though. If you know her parent, how is she a mustang? Isn't a mustang a feral horse?

FWIW I ride my Pony and I had a dressage instructor come out and give us a lesson. She said that he would be a great dressage horse, at least at lower levels. I asked her why, as he has somewhat choppy and small gaits. She said he seemed very submissive and relaxed while working, and as a judge (right, did I mention she also judges dressage shows?) that was really important to her. Basically she would have given him a lot of points just for his attitude.

Sorry, that doesn't really address your questions about conformation. I am not qualified to make any observations there, LOL.
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She's cute...
Being her young age she will thicken as she matures and that can indeed have her growing yet or as she broadens she will also appear larger.
What you are looking to do with her...put some really good basic training on her, make that a firm foundation of knowledge for her and that will cover nearly all of what you want to do with her as a competition horse.
Would she make a higher level abilities animal is unknown...
Not only is it build but horses mental attitude that allows us, the rider, to advance with our riding partners further...
But as a beginner and a bit more riding partner, she should be great.
If you decide to take her on, please start a journal so many of us could follow you as you work together to your goals fulfilled.

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At first glace she seems really well put together. I am not a conformation expert...only thing is that she seems a little weak in the hind end, but she may fill out more and that will change. Her back also looks a little long for me, but again...I am used to my short backed little horses.


My mare was still growing a bit at 3, by the time she was 5 she was done.

Any horse can do intro level dressage. If you are moving up in the levels, you would want a horse who can bring their hind end under them, and I think generally a more uphill horse is more desirable.

My horse that I do dressage with is downhill - it doesn't matter, we are still learning and having fun.
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Wow she's gorgeous. I am confused, though. If you know her parent, how is she a mustang? Isn't a mustang a feral horse?
The OP doesn't know her parents, the "out of" was the area she's from :)

Personally I think she looks pretty nice, and with muscle I bet she'll be gorgeous. Can't comment on the height thing.
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Overall, I like her. She may grow another inch or two but 15.2 is not a bad height if she doesn't. She will definitely fill out. I think that she is a pretty horse and nothing glaringly wrong with her.
She is built a little downhill right now. Could be the way she is and will stay or it could indicate that she will grow a little more. I would guess the latter.

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Overall, I like her. She may grow another inch or two but 15.2 is not a bad height if she doesn't. She will definitely fill out. I think that she is a pretty horse and nothing glaringly wrong with her.
She is built a little downhill right now. Could be the way she is and will stay or it could indicate that she will grow a little more. I would guess the latter.
Ok, yes I thought she looked a bit downhill as well, especially with the photo of her in the ring. Is it just me or does her head look super big for her body in the second photo as well?
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She's cute...
Being her young age she will thicken as she matures and that can indeed have her growing yet or as she broadens she will also appear larger.
What you are looking to do with her...put some really good basic training on her, make that a firm foundation of knowledge for her and that will cover nearly all of what you want to do with her as a competition horse.
Would she make a higher level abilities animal is unknown...
Not only is it build but horses mental attitude that allows us, the rider, to advance with our riding partners further...
But as a beginner and a bit more riding partner, she should be great.
If you decide to take her on, please start a journal so many of us could follow you as you work together to your goals fulfilled.

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Thank you! What do you typically look for in a horse regarding mental attitude? I have been told that this particular mare is super calm, and unreactive to new situations. The owner said when they picked her up from holding she simply walked on the trailer, and has never tried to buck or resist when working on the lunge. I'm unsure if this would mean she will be lazier under saddle, or simply more responsive? I for sure plan on documenting my experiences on YouTube, so will share on here once I decide on a horse.

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Ok, yes I thought she looked a bit downhill as well, especially with the photo of her in the ring. Is it just me or does her head look super big for her body in the second photo as well?
Maybe a little bit, but I think it's partly because of the angle of the photo and partly she has growing/filling out to do still. I think that she is a lovely horse.
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