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  • Cow hocked horse
  • Will my arab's back hollow due to riding with head up

 
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    08-08-2012, 12:20 AM
  #1
Foal
Arabian Critique

This is my 7 year old Polish Arabian mare, Destiny. Everyone tells me she has great conformation, which I agree with, not that I'mgreat at judging conformation. XD Anyway, I thought I'd see what the people of HorseForum thought of her conformation.:)




And yes, she is a bit cow-hocked, lol.
     
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    08-08-2012, 12:35 AM
  #2
Yearling
She has a super cute expression and in the winter fuzzies she looks much younger than 7 years old :) The summer photo she looks much more mature and filled out. I would love to see some recent photos of her squared up, as she looks in better shape and filled out in the summer photo, but the angle and with her head down makes it impossible to tell much from that photo, so mostly going off the winter photo where she is square.

She appears to have a very upright shoulder and a bit of a short neck. Pasterns have a decent angle and are quite short. Cute head and ears. In the winter photo her muscling in her neck is upside down (bottom muscle more developed than the top one), but it looks much improved in the summer photo. She has a short back and loin. Croup is short too. In the summer photo she is standing quite under herself giving the look that she might be sickle hocked, but in the other photo she doesn't look that way. She could use more muscling in her topline in all photos.

Overall she is a cute girl that looks like a lot of fun :)
     
    08-08-2012, 12:49 AM
  #3
Foal
Thank you.:)
Haha, kinda funny, the summer picture is actually from early last summer and the winter pics are from this year. She probably looks younger in the winter pics because she was so crazy in the arena, always a step away from spooking, or bolting, or both. Plus she wasn't worked as hard as she is in the summer, of course.
And yes, her back is quite short, haha. Then again, she IS an Arab, I guess. XP
I don't have any good, squared up, recent pics of her, unfortunately, but this is what she looks like now:

I use her as a trail riding horse first and foremost, and don't work her all that hard (especially because it's been so hot lately!), so she might not be very muscle-y right now, lol.
     
    08-08-2012, 01:37 AM
  #4
Weanling
Nice looking girl! Shoulder is definitely a bit upright. It appears as though her front feet are trimmed at different (substantially different) angles in the first picture. It would be worth checking to see if its just the picture, and if not, discuss it with your farrier. Your ride will be much more comfortable if the hooves are well trimmed and even, assuming that there's not a substantial difference in leg length causing the difference.
     
    08-08-2012, 02:25 AM
  #5
Foal
Thank you! I'm not sure about the hoof angles, but we're back home (we had to move to a different stable temporarily for the winter - one-time deal) so we have a different farrier anyway... And I don't know if it makes a difference, but she had a crack almost all the way through her left fore hoof back then, too (it's fine now). I'll take a look at her anyway though.:P
Speaking of hooves, she's in desperate need of a trim right now... hopefully getting the farrier out... well, as soon as possible, really.
     
    08-08-2012, 02:41 PM
  #6
Green Broke
The first photo of this horse does her NO favors. One thing you can see in that first photo is she has been worked with her back hollow and her head up in the air.. and the muscle on the underside of her neck tells the story of this. Her neck is a bit ewe as well. I would prefer a smoother top line and a bit longer croup.

I like her blood bay color in the last photo.

I think she is a bit straight through the stifle and I would like a bit roomier hock.

From what I see she is NOT cow hocked.. a horse needs to have the hind toes point out a little to reflect that the hind leg is actually a spiral and works like a spring.

The last photo this horse has improved a LOT.. mostly I suspect due better groceries. This almost does not look like the same horse as the first photo and I checked a few times to make sure it was the same horse.
     
    08-08-2012, 10:31 PM
  #7
Foal
Thanks for posting.:) Haha, in the first pic, she probably WAS ridden with her back hallow and her head up... She didn't like that arena, always scared of things and dancing all around, and I never really corrected her for that back then.. I've taken a few lessons and improved in confidence a lot since then and she's a lot quieter than she used to be.
     

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