The word is this gal is very kid-friendly and an easy keeper (not always easy to find in a big TB mare)
She's been sound in training and should be able to do an up-down type lesson a day if anyone needs a larger sweetie for a lesson program.
Her ankle isn't her only conformation problem, she has not the greatest hind legs either. She shouldn't be bred because her foals stand a very good chance of being at LEAST as crooked as she is.
BUT if she can RACE TRAIN with legs like that she can certainly stand up to trail riding or lesson taking. Just because she'll never be a show horse doesn't mean she couldn't make someone a lovely companion, riding horse or pasture ornament.
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She is a beautiful girl with a kind eye and I'd be willing to bet if she was holding up to race training up there, she would be able to do a good bit at the lower levels of several disciplines. But, it sounds like she'd be a good addition to whatever home was interested in her!
A very BNT once told me that some of these horses will give you everything, just because you were willing to take a chance on them. I have several of those in my barn and encourage anyone out there that is considering a sweet mare to give her a chance!
This beautiful girl just has the kindest eye - regardless of her ankles/conformation, I'm sure would make someone a wonderful trail partner. I have to say that I've actually seen worse conditions, (knees/fractures) where it appeared that a horse just wouldn't stand a snowballs chance in h*% of being anything more than a pasture companion - but given time turned into fantastic pleasure/trail horses.
It's reported that this filly *is* sound (she's been racing), and although her ankles look terrible, she should not be discounted for use as a trail/pleasure horse. I'm confident that someone will see the beauty of her, past her ankles. JMHO
I have a slightly unrelated question (but bumps the thread, so humor me?) ...
Is her condition typical of ... well, she's got a baby at her side, right? But she seems so thin. Is that race-track fit, or a very young TB, or ...? Her muscles seem really well defined, and I have a tendency to want to cover any rib I see with flesh (see myself as a prime example) ...
We have been looking for a calm (preferably older) companion mare for one of our Retired Carriage Horses. Kingfish will be 42 (I think) this year (he is a standardbred) who has just lost his 30 something year old TB companion (racer, then backyard horse, then hack horse) to Cushings that could not be controlled with Pergolide.
Obviously we do not have the funds to purchase horses but if you think she is 'horse friendly' we will provide a home for her. If this group could fund her purchase jointly (I can personally kick in $50) perhaps this is the right new 'job' for her.
I agree that she'll make a great pleasure horse. The irony is that even though her ankles look terrible, she'll probably be more sound than some of the other beasties coming off the track.
She's even had some work off the track, so she's got a head start in the training department
As for her lean appearance... I think the trainer said she's getting 3 quarts of feed/day plus hay. IMHO that's nothing for a horse who's working and not on pasture. It lends some credit to the easy keeper comment.
Any chance the trainer would consider 'donating' her - if not, possibly a negotiation of her asking price of $800 to something more reasonable.
PetsAlive- You've offered up a wonderful opportunity for this filly- a suitable 'job'. As I've oftened said, when a chapter closes a new chapter begins, if this trainer is willing to donate, your fine older gentleman may have a new 'partner'.