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post #1 of 17 Old 01-20-2015, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question What do you think of this Shetland Mare?

She is a 6yo 10h shetland pony. Her teeth and hooves seem fine, and she doesn't seem overweight either. From these pictures can you see any glaring conformational problems?
She has a bit of a sticky stifle right now.
I am hoping to buy her and work her on my hills with some gentle and regular exercise to get her back in shape and hopefully fix up that locking stifle.
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-20-2015, 11:54 PM
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Nothing seems glaring right off the bat! She seems pretty calm as the boy isn't on the ground! go with your gut and how does she act , is she energetic, spook easily, and so on and so forth the best of luck to you!!
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post #3 of 17 Old 01-20-2015, 11:58 PM
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I'm not qualified to comment on conformation, she is very cute.

Unless you have younger children the pony will be outgrown soon though.
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post #4 of 17 Old 01-21-2015, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Unless you have younger children the pony will be outgrown soon though.
: We have lots of young children here! A 7 month old, a two year old, a 6 year old, a 8 year old, a 10 year old, and a 11 year old!
They are all very excited about this girl!

She certainly won't be ridden bareback as that's too much pressure on her spine and forelegs.
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post #5 of 17 Old 01-21-2015, 05:20 PM
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That kid on her looks like her max weight. She is really braced out.even standing with the kid on her.
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post #6 of 17 Old 01-21-2015, 06:15 PM
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Can't tell about confo from those pics, but agree with others - I wouldn't put a child that big on her. Saddle or not. Your older kids might be excited by her... until they realise they can't ride her(is that's your 11yo?). & at 6yo she will likely still be rather green too, so I'd suggest something bigger, like 12.2hh, that will accommodate your older kids for a year or so at least. Unless of course you're going to be getting another bigger one as well of course!
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I'm assuming she's an American Shetland pony and not a 'true' Shetland pony?
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I'm assuming she's an American Shetland pony and not a 'true' Shetland pony?
Hey, I dunno. I just tried looking up the different types and if I had to guess probably the American. She doesn't have any recorded bloodlines.

We are going to look at her one more time, and then possibly pick her up tomorrow.
Luckily we have super close friends that give lessons and trail rides and have taller horses for the older kids.
At the very worst (or best?) we will just give her love and lots of grooming (and a diet lol) and teach her to drive. Oh and hopefully fix up that stifle.
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Great! Just important, for the sake of the horse, to be realistic about weight carrying. Enjoy!
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i would say driving would be better for her considering her size. Her stifle may lock her entire life. I would not do hill work with a horse or pony that has a stifle problem.
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