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post #11 of 21 Old 11-09-2010, 10:59 PM
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Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out Velvet! My mistake.
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post #12 of 21 Old 11-09-2010, 11:03 PM
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post #13 of 21 Old 11-10-2010, 12:11 AM
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She's definitely a bit pudgy, but that aside, she's got pretty decent conformation. It does look like she stand under herself a bit, but again it could just be the camera angle, and her neck is a bit shorter than I would like, but she's the kind of Quarter Horse that I would love to have. Stocky, good bone, can't really see her feet, but hopefully good feet as well, well muscled, and won't fall apart with hard work. She's got a nice look to her eye, and I do like her coloring. I give you kudos for at least working on getting some decent shots, I've been trying with my girl, but as soon as she sees the camera, she's right in my face, and there's not a whole lot of people at the barn, and hardly anyone on the days I can get out. And I'm glad to see that you are trying to learn as much as you can. There is always something you haven't learned yet, and taking the time now to learn, instead of waiting until you actually want to breed, will give you a wealth of knowledge to work off of when you are ready to take care of a foal. I love learning about conformation, and movement, and am forever staring at and critiquing the horses at my barn, and pestering my chiropractor whenever she comes out.
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post #14 of 21 Old 11-10-2010, 02:49 AM
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Ya know - I like your girl. She has no glaring faults and I think her neck tends to look shorter than it is, because of the angle of the pics and how she was standing at the time. Is she the same mare in your avatar? If so, her neck compliments her body very well. And I actually love her stocky build. I'd love to see a pic of her, standing four-square and from the correct angle. Bend down slightly when you take her pics, so that you are not looking down on her.

I know you are not breeding her but I'd be proud to ride out on her.

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post #15 of 21 Old 11-10-2010, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Thank-you! Yes, she's the mare in my avatar. I'll try to get a better picture in the next day or two and post it. I like how stocky and strong she is too - She's a perfect ranch/pleasure horse!
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post #16 of 21 Old 11-10-2010, 09:39 PM
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The photos are taken at a downward angle, hence the slightly awkward looking stance - you can tell by the the fact that you can't even begin to see her the underside of her belly. The far side legs tell the story about levelness!

Most of us will take downward angle pics as we're taller then our horses backs - move back slightly, and either drop to one knee if you're tall or hunch a bit. Moving farther back usually works well too - some pics of my mare as an example:

This is an example of what I see with your pictures - you're too close so it's a slight downward angle where you're getting more of her back and less of her belly, making her legs look shorter and things look out of proportion:

When I say "downward angle" I mean it appears as if you're standing above your mare as opposed to taking a picture of the direct side of her.

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

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post #17 of 21 Old 11-11-2010, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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I see what you mean - that makes sense. I was standing fairly close when I took those pics. I'll probably have time to take some more pictures tomorrow and I'll put them up.
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post #18 of 21 Old 11-11-2010, 09:00 AM
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I agree that she looks like a very versatile working ranch mare. She's not going to win any HUS classes but that's not what she was bred for. She does look a little under herself with a slightly longer back in relation to her neck but she was bred to be good with her feet, agile and able to go all day. And I'm sure she is all of that and more. It's hard to help you "pick a stallion" for her as you didn't say what your "foal" would be used for. If you want a working ranch horse, a HUS or Halter stallion is not going to do you any favors even though it will be a pretty baby. And vice versa, you don't want to breed to a reining stallion if you're looking for your next WP congress champion. The reason there are so many different disciplines is that each one requires something a little different from a horse in regards to temperament, athleticism and conformation to excel.
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post #19 of 21 Old 11-11-2010, 09:12 AM
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I agree with the majority of the other posters - she's a horse I'd like to ride and like to own; but not a horse I would breed.

Good, sturdy, functional confo; but not extraordinary. For me, to be breeding quality the mare would have to have both extraodrinary confo for the discpline and a spectacular performance record.

If she were younger and breedable, and you were the type of back yard owner who wanted *one* foal out of her because you adored the mare and were planning on keeping the foal forever, I'd say, sure, go ahead. Pick a decent stallion that complements her and go for it. The horse world wouldn't be harmed by another sturdy working ranch horse type with a sensible disposition.
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post #20 of 21 Old 11-11-2010, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Here are some conformation pictures I took today of Berdi. Hopefully these ones are better!
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