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post #1 of 8 Old 06-19-2013, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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7 y/o OTTB mare

This is Karma! My 7 y/o ottb mare (:
Can I get a conformation critique? Sorry for the kinda crappy pictures, I just took a break from work and groomed her really good and snapped a few on my iphone before I turned her out
Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-20-2013, 08:22 AM
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The first thing this horse needs is more weight. I am guessing 100 pounds would help a lot.. maybe 150 pounds.

She is a bit ewe necked and has knife withers.. difficult to saddle fit. She appears weak coupled but that appearance would improve a lot with weight. In all these photos she is standing under herself in front making her shoulder appear steeper than it is and the point of shoulder lower than it is. Standing under herself like that in front may be something to watch.. it may indicate back pain or pain thru the coupling or stomach pain.

She also stands under herself behind as well. She may be a bit sickle hocked but that is not clear in these pictures. All that standing under herself may indicate she has pain from an ulcer as well (and why she is unthrifty looking and under weight).

She looks to be a bit over at the knee.. more in the right front than the left (but from these photos it is hard to say). In the second photo she looks very tied in at the knee on the right front.. but it may be the angle as that leg is turned.

She looks to have nice roomy hocks and they look low enough.

Can't really say more as these photos are not good.. and her being underweight slants her critique.

Get a vet out to check for ulcers and get some weight on her.. take new photos using 3 people.. one to hold/set up the horse, one to get the horse's attention and one to take the photo. Do all that and this horse may well critique much better.
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The first thing this horse needs is more weight. I am guessing 100 pounds would help a lot.. maybe 150 pounds.

She is a bit ewe necked and has knife withers.. difficult to saddle fit. She appears weak coupled but that appearance would improve a lot with weight. In all these photos she is standing under herself in front making her shoulder appear steeper than it is and the point of shoulder lower than it is. Standing under herself like that in front may be something to watch.. it may indicate back pain or pain thru the coupling or stomach pain.
Thank you! I've actually already had to put about 100 pounds on her, she definitely doesn't need to be show fat, but she used to be a LOT skinnier than she is now and i'm working on putting weight on her, I agree though she needs some more weight. I will be treating her for ulcers asap.
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It may just be me, but I really don't think she is lacking that much weight. She is lacking in the muscle department, but she is not that underweight.

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It may just be me, but I really don't think she is lacking that much weight. She is lacking in the muscle department, but she is not that underweight.
No she's not, i'd be comfortable with like 50 pounds more on her, but we really need to pack some muscle on her, she sat in the pasture for the past two or three maybe four years since she was off the track, and I just got her back into light work over the last month or so.
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she definitely doesn't need to be show fat
I would like to know what you mean by this. Im glad you have already put weight on her but I to agree, she isn't staving under weight, but she could use 75lbs give or take
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I would like to know what you mean by this. Im glad you have already put weight on her but I to agree, she isn't staving under weight, but she could use 75lbs give or take
It's a term I picked up from a trainer of mine. A lot of people like their horses to be a little fatter, if they're showing, rather than a slightly skinny horse.
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I studied a lot of horse conformation a few years ago in my equine college classes. But I have been out of practice and forgot a lot of it. But from first glance I see Her withers are awfully high. I don't like withers that high, as it just looks out of whack, and she needs a lot more muscle tone. Which is really noticeable on her bum.
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