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Coming Four Year Old - Conformation

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    04-11-2012, 03:19 PM
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Coming Four Year Old - Conformation

Well Sour turns 4 this month (April 28th) and so I decided that its about time for a new critique for her! Not really as a prospect anything, as I'll just be using her for recreational driving (she's just begun her real cart driving and is proving to be a very honest worker) and the occasional local show or parade- but just as a whole. I included pictures from as far back as 18 months, up until now. The pictures arent the best but its what I have. I'll try to get better ones on Saturday. Be as hard on her as you want- she's got plenty of faults, but I still love her to death x] What I want to know is- has she improved? What faults has she carried over from before? Will any of these cause problems as she ages?

18 months

22 months

47 months (coming four, taken two weeks ago)

Another view. Sorry she's tacked up and not standing square. She has the worst posture

Right now we're really working on conditioning her. That's hard to do though, when I can't ride her. I've been focusing on getting her to do a lot of long work on the lunge line and on rocking herself back onto her hindquarters, but that's hard to do on a line!

What stands out to me about her conformation mostly, is how little of a chest she has. I don't know where she got it, as her mother and father had good conformation (mother was a bit steep crouped, just like Sour is- but her father Montigo Bay was in the top 10 for World Championship Halter as a three year old). She's also still very butt high which concerns me, since she's already four. Is there any chance that she'll grow out of it, or are we stuck with it?
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    04-11-2012, 03:21 PM
I think she's a nice looking horse. Her hooves seem a bit long or angled flat? Not sure about minis. Her face is total cuteness overload.
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    04-11-2012, 03:57 PM
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Yeah, they're angled wrong. Our BO does the horse's feet and he does a fair enough job, but it could definitely be better. She's also due for another trim next week, which may be why they look so long in the last two pictures. They grow like crazy ._.

And I know xD that's what grabs my attention anytime I see a picture her. She has such a cutsey babydoll face that I just want to squeeze her when I see her.
    04-11-2012, 07:34 PM
I think you need a new farrier especially if that is only 8 weeks.....

Super Nova
    04-11-2012, 07:39 PM
Sour looks very professional in her harness. I would like to go for a ride in her cart.
    04-11-2012, 11:40 PM
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I agree Super Nova- but ufortunately Sour does not legally belong to me so I have no say over that aspect of her care. They get by though, and she's in no way abused or hurting, so I figure that things will be alright. If she were my own I would definitely have them done better and more often, but theres only so much that I can do. Heck, if I hadn't started working with her- she'd still be an untouched pasture puff that was so agressive that its dangerous.

Also, in the 18 month old picture, she was still in that 'agressive' mode and very dangerous to work with, so she had to be sedated for footwork. I believe she was only getting them done every 10 weeks at that point. No excuses for the other three pictures though.

Waresbare- haha, she does doesn't she? Finally my little brat horse has a job! And hey, if you're ever in Texas, stop by! We'd be happy to take you for a ride.

Does anyone else have any actual conformation critique? :)
    04-12-2012, 10:15 AM
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Morning bump
    04-12-2012, 08:39 PM
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Not sure about minis, but she looks a tad butt-high. Maybe a bit camped out behind, too.

She is the cutest!
    04-12-2012, 09:24 PM
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Yeah, I was really hoping that she'd grow out of it, but so far she hasn't! Theres still a chance, since she's only 3-almost four- but its not as great as when she was two. I never noticed that she camps out but now that I look, I sort of can see that. Thanks for the critique :P

I also know for sure that she toes out in both the back and fore, but not terribly.

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