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post #1 of 8 Old 12-29-2012, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Better picture of Ruby

Would anyone mind critiquing Ruby? This is a better picture than the one I posted earlier. I want to do poles and barrels with her at some point. She's going to be 6 in March. From what I can tell, she stands under herself a bit. Also, I think she is a tad bit cow-hocked. Am I right so far? What else?
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-30-2012, 12:22 PM
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Shoulder is just a tad upright
Neck is set high and long
Sufficient depth through the girth/chest
Front legs look alright apart from the pasterns, which are a bit long and sloped
Back is short
Steep slope to the croup
From that photo alone, you get the impression that she would be fairly correct in the back legs as well, were she standing square.
Overall she is not a terribly put together horse

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post #3 of 8 Old 12-30-2012, 02:03 PM
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Agree with LilRuffian but want to add that she is quite light boned.

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I generally agree with the above comments, but I dont' see a steep shoulder. That looks average to me.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-30-2012, 02:28 PM
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I see a steep shoulder. She almost looks like an ASB upfront with the steep angles and such. She's not fit across her topline or in her hip, because her front end looks more developed than her back end. But that's not a conformation thing but a conditioning/fitness thing. She is slight in bone, but she's also not overly bodied nor is she built to carry a lot of muscle mass....so I'm not terribly concerned. What does concern me is the shoulder angle compared to her pastern angle....they are out of whack.
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I see a steep shoulder. She almost looks like an ASB upfront with the steep angles and such. She's not fit across her topline or in her hip, because her front end looks more developed than her back end. But that's not a conformation thing but a conditioning/fitness thing. She is slight in bone, but she's also not overly bodied nor is she built to carry a lot of muscle mass....so I'm not terribly concerned. What does concern me is the shoulder angle compared to her pastern angle....they are out of whack.
You say you're concerned about that. What should I look out for? What do you think her limitations are?
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^well, she could end up with soreness up front due to the opposing angles I see. It could also be the way her feet are being trimmed that is producing a more sloped angle than the shoulder. I would need a pic of her feet because it's hard to tell from the pic.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-31-2012, 08:49 AM
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It is about shock absorption. If the angle of the shoulder and the angle of the pastern is the same, they will work equally to absorb shock. With a steep shoulder and a long pastern, the shoulder is less able to absorb shock, so the work goes to the pastern and fetlock joint and that is where the wear and tear will happen.

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