Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
You don't need Appy knowledge to recognize she's built quite well - she's sturdy and strong while still being quite athletic and correct. Her conformation says she's very likely to be decent at speed events - she has the shoulder for power, and a smaller but athletic hind end I like to see on a speed horse (most people think big hind end = speed but a lot of the time it means lost agility).
The Appy breed in general I have found to be very much like the other stock horse breeds (QH, Paint). In general, they tend to be quite docile, laid back and trusting. Of course you'll always find the ones that don't jive with the general breed description, so it's really difficult to assess what she's like but at 16 years old, she's likely be there and done that. We were at a show this weekend, and there were a couple of Appy's winning absolutely everything - they were easily the most adaptable English X Western horses. The girl beside is amassed a TON of ribbons in things like 2'3" jumpers and then pole bending on her 26 year old Appaloosa! There were two others being ridden by tiny children, and just winning ribbons in absolutely everything.
I've met some ugly Appy's in my time, but I've only encountered one that had a lousy personality. Shay-la just brought home a virtually untouched 18 month old Appy colt and for all his uneasiness in learning what humans are about, he's one of the most docile "wild" horses I've ever seen handled. It's only been a couple months and he's a complete pocket pony and takes everything in stride, no freak outs whatsoever.
Depending on her personality, I think she looks like one hecukva good catch!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.