I recently acquired a part bred Arabian Saddlebred cross from a friend. Let me tell you, I am absolutely loving her to death. Her movements are fluid and she has a canter you can sleep on. Nice impulsion on her trots. Just a beautiful mover.
Despite all this though, I would like some conformation critique on her because I'm not really well versed with the breeds.
I always heard Saddlebreds and Arabians are bad for the sway back and I'm wondering if it is starting in her, or if it's just a high-withers and high-croup thing. I am also fairly certain she is long-backed, although when I put my western saddle on her it goes right up to her croup.
Her topline is also not what I'm used to. I previously owned two QHs who had muscular, short backs. Her spine is a bit bonier, not because she is underweight but I assume it's because she doesn't have enough muscle in her back. Arab/Saddlebreds are known for their high head carriage and so tend to travel more hollow than other horses. I am hoping when I get her back into hunter flat in September her muscles will develop more.
She has what appears to be a hunter's bump as well.
She may also be slightly sickle hocked, but I took these pictures right after she had her feet done so I may not jump to that quite yet.
Either way, I would LOVE for you guys to tell me what you think about her.
Things to note:
- she is an Arabian Saddlebred cross. She is a finer boned breed with a higher head carriage
- she is 11 years old, never foaled
- she is not lame is has absolutely no issues moving at any gait; she is as smooth as peanut butter
- she is a bit out of shape
(I realize some images are not conformation ideal but I wanted to get shots of her at all the angles possible)
And finally, the hunter's bump: