I was just updating her pics a few minutes ago. I wouldn't say she is thin for a racehorse just fit as she has been running a bit more frequently now that she was in the winter so it is expected. She is a lovely horse and one of our volunteers is absolutely in love with her. She is a big snuggler and just loves to be spoiled. She has no soundness issues that have been reported. Her trainer just lowered the price a bit but he didn't want to budge much more than that.
cssutton - will you educate me, please? (Truly - no sarcasm or snark intended) What makes her shoulder angle so desirable? I understand that it is nice and long - but my immediate thought is that it is also upright. Will you please explain and reform my eye?
FWIW, My dad's new(ish) foxhunter was a bleeder in his early racing days. He finished his first season (as the field master's horse leading the first field) without any problems at all. We do a lot of hill work to prep our hunt horses before the season, which I'm sure helped, but he never showed any sign of bleeding or lack of stamina all year!
~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard
There is a theory that bleeding is related to less-than-ideal conditioning as a racehorse, for what ever reason - the follow-up theory is that a horse that bleeds on the track may never have a similar issue elsewhere.
I'm mentioning what I've heard (not what I know for fact),
Hidden Echo Farm, Carlisle, PA -- home of JC palomino sire Canadian Kid (1990 - 2013) & AQHA sire Lark's Favorite, son of Rugged Lark.
My mare is from the Shenanigans dam line and looking at the full set of pictures of this mare reminds of her. She has the same kind eye and my mare is always sensible, brave, and gives her all no matter what I ask of her.