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post #1 of 16 Old 06-25-2019, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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How's her back look?

I'm horse shopping & this 12yo 14,3hh paint mare interests me, I included a screenshot of the ad, cause I'm not sure if the link is allowed. Anyway, my mom had a concern about her back, how's it look to you?
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-25-2019, 11:07 PM
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Normal?

That's far from a flattering picture.

She does have a bit of a dip behind her withers but it's not of any concern, aside from potentially making saddle fit tricky. Is that what your mother is seeing?

I definitely think she would be worth responding too, and you can ask for more/better pics. Idk how much work she is in, but with a nice topline and better pictures she may look like a different horse.
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post #3 of 16 Old 06-25-2019, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thank-you, I agree that it isn't the most flattering picture; but it's better than the picts on a lot of ads. It was just the dip my mom was wondering about, it looks a bit deeper than I would expect too. I'm not looking to show-jump or compete.

Thanks again
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-25-2019, 11:36 PM
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A bit weak and long, saddle fit might be tricky, but there's nothing that says run.
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post #5 of 16 Old 06-26-2019, 08:56 AM
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Agreed...
Little longer than optimum and maybe more prominent wither, especially since her head is down while eating.
I would go take a look an ask questions at least...
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post #6 of 16 Old 06-26-2019, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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I texted the owner, got some pretty good answers about trailering, farriers and such. She sent a couple more pictures and said she's thin and she doesn't know why, so her food has been increased and she's just been dewormed.

It is over a couple hours away, and I just want to get all the info I can before I head down
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Sounds smart, do get a vet check if you decide you're serious.

That back conformation isn't ideal but it's pretty common and that dip isn't swaybacked or anything it's more just how she ties in there. Like I said your biggest issue with the dip will likely be saddle fit.

You don't say what you want her for, but there's nothing blatently concerning, including with her back.
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-26-2019, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Nothing too taxing, a trail horse and pleasure dressage. Maybe an open show, but no serious competing or anything.

The rest of my week is kinda busy, so I may not have any updates for a while
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-27-2019, 10:55 AM
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Hard to tell if its a dipped back or really high withers
Agree on the saddle fit thing - having something specially made to suit would maybe cost more than the horse


Being underweight always accentuates poor topline conformations

Just winging it is not a plan
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post #10 of 16 Old 06-27-2019, 11:47 AM
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IME a horse with a back like that is either 20+ years old or has some kissing spine.

I would pass
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