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  • Evaluate this mare!

    9 year old unraced TB mare, craigslist freebie, has some training but no riding for 2-3 years, had her about 6 weeks. What do you think?

  • #2
    I guess that it would depend upon what you want to use her for.

    I like her topline but she is a bit long in the back. I would like to see her front legs not so far back into her chest. She's a little too straight through the gaskin for my tastes.


    She's free so if she is sound of mind and body, I think that I could live with that


    • #3
      Cutie!!! something seems funky with the way her neck joins into the rest of her body, but i can't pinpoint it.


      • #4
        I think she's a cutie. The pics seem to have been taken a little low, which is changing how she actually looks.
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        • Original Poster

          Thank you, all! Yes, DM, she is a little long in the back and weak in the loin/hind end, but i am hoping to get her stronger. I think her neck ties in low, Aerial, so that may be what you are seeing. Kooki, thanks! I did crouch to take the pic as someone told me that is how to take "proper" confo. shots! I think it makes her look longer and more narrow than she is.


          • #6
            We moved your thread here to Off Course, per our PM discussion, for more input from multiple disciplines...and giving it a little bump with this post. If you want to try it elsewhere later, just give a holler.

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            • Original Poster

              Thank you!


              • #8
                Freebie??? I'd take her in a heartbeat! Even as a pasture puff........she looks like an easy keeper.
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                • #9
                  She's free and sound! obviously well cared for and nice feet.
                  Neck is coming out of chest low but offset by being nice out of withers. Plus a tad long is better than short n fat. Its no pencil neck or upside down ewe
                  I bet she has a great canter . Enjoy her.


                  • Original Poster

                    up-at-5- she is actually an easy keeper! I have her on Omega Horseshine and 2 quarts of Vintage Performance LS for grain and she LOVES her hay!

                    judybigredpony- Her feet were a WRECK when I got her! She had been left barefoot and not trimmed for nearly 2 years! There was so much chipping and flaring and dead, useless hoof wall that my farrier wasn't sure she'd hold a shoe! I think she has made a remarkable turn-around in that respect! She was completely negative in her response to hoof testers, and has not taken a lame step! And she has a big, ground-covering rocking horse canter.

                    I think she would make a nice hunter and lower-level dressage horse.


                    • #11
                      Congrats! I like her.



                      • #12
                        She could body double for my TB- what is her pedigree like?
                        I see the long back/weak hind and the neck tie in issue, however I like her topline over all and her abdominal strength looks good too.
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                        • Original Poster

                          Thanks SprinklerBandit!
                          Penthilisea, she has a really obscure pedigree- Mass bred. her name is Zoe Lion.


                          • #14
                            She looks very kind and well cared for~ congrats on a nice CL find!

                            Aside from what the others said, I think she looks almost behind at the knee, could be the pic. As long as she stays sound and can do her job, she ought to be a great project. Have fun with her!
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                            • Original Poster

                              HJSC- Thank you! She is such a happy, people-oriented girl! I had someone else ask if she were back at the knee, and I showed them a few other pics and they thought it was the angle of the pic and how she was standing. She may still be that way, but that was what they thought was going on. I'm thinking 3' hunters (if that) and below- I have no desire to jump big jumps!