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post #1 of 21 Old 11-09-2010, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Is Berdi Breeding Quality?

First off - I'm not going to breed her so don't freak out! Even though someday I hope to raise a foal I certainly won't be breeding Berdi. She's a maiden at 19 and I would never take the risk as I know she could have complications.

But I would like to learn more on conformation and breeding qualities so tell me why you would breed her and why you wouldn't. Also if you would breed her tell me what types of stallions would compliment her.

Here's her information:

19 year old, dun QH mare.
Registered, but previous owners lost her papers (so I couldn't register a foal anyways.)
Very quiet, loving temperament. She will try her heart out for you.
Has been used on ranches with cows, trail riding ect.

And here she is!!
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-09-2010, 09:44 PM
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I would not breed her.

She has never done anything spectacular and is not registered. While that doesn't make her a bad horse it makes her a less marketable horse.

I'm not great with confirmation but I'll add a bit. You'll get much better critiques from others.

The biggest thing is her neck. It's short and I can't tell what exactly but seems to be shaped oddly on the crest. She seems to stand under herself in the front.

She's really cute though! Nice color, and seems to be a kind mare. Kudos to you for learning more. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
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post #3 of 21 Old 11-09-2010, 09:45 PM
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She is cute! Pretty color! I am not very good at critique yet, but to me her neck looks pretty short and her back is pretty long. She looks like she is in great shape for 19 though!

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post #4 of 21 Old 11-09-2010, 09:47 PM
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She looks pretty average Quarter Horsey, and I think she could produce some really nice looking foals. She is awfully pudgy ^.^

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post #5 of 21 Old 11-09-2010, 09:50 PM
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The photos you've taken are actually quite awkward and make her appear as if she has more prominent faults then she actually does - are you extremely tall or standing on something? The downward angle detracts as it makes her legs look short, her back look swayed and her well muscled body look out of proportion.

Frankly, if I sift through, I think I see a pretty darn decently conformed mare, a big stout workhorse who for all her faults, would be likely to pass on the same traits. I don't think I would write this mare off as a producer of good sturdy working ranch horses.

It's great you're trying to learn more! It would be better if you could take some level shots of her standing a little more square to get a good assessment, but she's far from the worst conformed mare I've seen!

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post #6 of 21 Old 11-09-2010, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thank-you for your replies and opinions! Lol! I know she's chubby! I've had muzzles on her, stalled her and she still is too chubby. But we are going into winter so I'm not going to worry as much till spring.

I think her being fat may contribute to her crest - She was very cresty when I got her. She's definitely gotten better.
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The photos you've taken are actually quite awkward and make her appear as if she has more prominent faults then she actually does - are you extremely tall or standing on something? The downward angle detracts as it makes her legs look short, her back look swayed and her well muscled body look out of proportion.

Frankly, if I sift through, I think I see a pretty darn decently conformed mare, a big stout workhorse who for all her faults, would be likely to pass on the same traits. I don't think I would write this mare off as a producer of good sturdy working ranch horses.

It's great you're trying to learn more! It would be better if you could take some level shots of her standing a little more square to get a good assessment, but she's far from the worst conformed mare I've seen!
No, I was standing on level ground. But maybe I held the camera funny. I'll try to get better pictures in the next day or two. Her back is a little swayed just with age but not bad at all.

I thought she looked pretty good, but of course I'm biased and not being an expert by any means I thought I would post about it. Thanks for your reply! I really appreciate it!
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Sort of OT but are you sure she is dun? She looks buckskin to me. Does she have a dorsal stripe and leg barring that I am not seeing in the photos? Not of major importance, just the color geek in me being curious.

ETA-- Ok maybe I see a slight bit of leg barring on the backs of her forearms....?

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Yes, She has a dorsal strip and leg barring. Everyone seems to think she's buckskin but I guess technically she's a dun.
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-09-2010, 10:58 PM
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Spastic....the OP said she was registered.

OP....congrats on wanting to learn more about conformation faults, and for posting photos that are at least decent to critique from and not just posting random pics of your horse. I don't see the awkward MM is seeing though...? Your mare could be squared up a tad more, but like I said before...they are at least decent pics!

She has a long back and short neck...but like you, I am still learning, so this could be wrong.

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