Appaloosa Mare Confo. & Pedigree Critique

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    05-23-2013, 11:41 AM
Appaloosa Mare Confo. & Pedigree Critique

I would love a little critiquing on my mares confirmation and pedigree, I’ll post what I see - please feel more than free to let me know what you think J

This is my mare Stoney –

Her sire was a pretty big deal here locally and comparing her sire, to her and his other off spring, I think he stamps them pretty well with a lot of his traits.

What I see when I look at her, mainly is a pretty long neck, decent shape to the neck, and when she has to she’ll carry is well – but all the same, it’s a little long. I like her hip and shoulder angle, but she is a little cow hocked. Maybe a little long in the back? She’s got a wider/thicker build that I do like in my horses, but not so wide that she is that ‘bull doggy, too heavy to move her body parts’ kind of horse. I see nice straight front legs, and personally, I love her face. I know a lot of people don’t tend to like the Appy eyes, but, I love her head. She has a very pretty face – when she wants to J

This mare has more than earned her keep in my barn. She has been an AWESOME all arounder. She even makes me look kinda ok riding English – and I’m no English rider (no offense J ). She’s a trail, pleasure, sorter, cutting, started in some reining, hunter, jumper, level one dressage, kid confidence building extraordinaire. She’s just a cool horse! And I love her to death.

I am in the process of breeding her to a real good friends QH stud. This stud is a reined/cow horse kind of guy, and an absolute doll and gentleman. I’m excited for the cross and VERY excited to get my one Stoney baby so I can have a piece of her when she’s gone.

Alright! Let me know what you think! The pictures aren’t that good, but I had no one to hold her, and it was starting to rain haha.

(Please don't mind my mess in behind her in this picture, I'm in the midst of doing the DEEP CLEAN haha)

(She's on the left)

(This is an order picture of her, but kinda shows a side view, I think she's standing downhill though, because, I promise you, she no where new THAT downhill haha)
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    05-23-2013, 11:47 AM
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Love love love her name..

She looks like a very pleasant, old type, all around mare..

I love apps.
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    05-23-2013, 04:07 PM
Love her, and love your purple tack!!
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    05-23-2013, 04:23 PM
She has a really long neck, back, and underline which makes her a bit un proportioned
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    05-23-2013, 06:42 PM
The first thing that stands out to me is that she seems to have lost a lot of muscle since the 'older picture' where both her hindquarters and foreleg seem more filled out and muscular.

I agree with CrossedCowgirl that everything is LONG on this mare - neck, back, loin, underline. Her shoulder angle is ok, though not great and the point of shoulder is quite low. She appears to be somewhat sickle hocked, but I don't see cow hocked. Her front pasterns appear very upright and do not match the angle of her shoulder, but this could in part be due to the fact that her feet are long and her heels are under run. She has adequate bone, though would prefer more and she appears to have quite small feet and be slightly back at the knee.
    05-23-2013, 06:58 PM
Being a daughter of Sir Wrangler sort of speaks for itself, and he is a big deal all over - not just in your area. So-so horses don't get elected to the ApHC Hall of Fame. As far as conformation goes, she is built to be explosive off the line, although she needs some conditioning in her rear end. Breeding her to a QH reiner is not a bad choice for her conformation. Hopefully the QH stud you have in mind is listed with ApHC so you can register the foal so he/she can compete in breed shows...
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    05-24-2013, 11:12 AM
Thanks everyone for your feedback! And can see what you're pointing out. This mare did come to me with a little bit of a history - and not that good of one.

@Faceman, what do you mean "explosive off the line"? Thanks! :)
    05-24-2013, 06:20 PM
Originally Posted by DiamondK    
Thanks everyone for your feedback! And can see what you're pointing out. This mare did come to me with a little bit of a history - and not that good of one.

@Faceman, what do you mean "explosive off the line"? Thanks! :)
If properly conditioned, she has the conformation to reach her top speed in just a few strides - think of a racehorse breaking out of the starting gate...
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    05-24-2013, 08:47 PM
Gotcha! Makes perfect sense, thank you!

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