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        01-11-2013, 06:06 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    To me her neck just looks like it needs more muscleing along the top. Look at the bulge of muscle under her neck... I don't think she is ewe necked, I just think she has been allowed to go all strung out.
         
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        01-11-2013, 11:25 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Ideas for choosing a stud? We've been considering breeding her late this year for a few years now. I want a stud close to what she is, but with straight hind legs to hopefully produce a foal without sickle hocks. A better neck suited for a good arch is at the top of the list, as well as more of an uphill build. Can't think of much more than that, beside maybe a wider shoulder and cleaner throatlatch. Going to talk to my vet who's been breeding her mare, I see four that stand out so far; an AQHA blue roan, and three overo APHAs. She's registered APHA, so I'd want to be able to have the foal registered as well. All have good conformation and produce jumpers and speed eventers. It's not set in stone to breed her though... I want to preserve her great versatility, gaits, and temperment. If I see a good 4-10yo horse for sale with these traits, I'll probably buy instead of breed. She's already had a colt before, but I don't know how the pregnancy went.
         
        01-11-2013, 11:32 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Some shots of her in motion (four days after treatment for bone spavin):

    http://i49.tinypic.com/24vv1js.png
    http://i46.tinypic.com/28c1w6o.png

    Her topline muscles were clenched, now they're uncoiling and stretching out nice. Still a ways to go, but pretty nice start.

    How far her hock is currently flexing at walk on hard ground:

    http://i50.tinypic.com/r9o26f.png

    As for her reach... I've seen her stride a set of four bounces at 3ft 6in and perform spanish trot over poles like a pro back before her bone spavin came up ;)
         
        01-12-2013, 06:57 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I would never breed this horse. Her front end it too weak.. really not a brood mare.

    If you want to breed horses, get a better mare. Sorry if that is blunt.. but it is honest.
         

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