So I bought this mare in April 2011 and I know I did ask for critique on her back then but I would like some new thoughts. Please be brutally honest as I am wanting to use her to run barrels but not if she wouldn't be able to withstand the pressure.
I had a reining trainer give me his opinion on her recently and he feels like her shoulder is too straight (not giving her room to stretch out forward when she runs) and that her pasterns on her front feet are too straight, particularly the right one.
The couple things that I'm not sure about are the pasterns as well, along with that her heels come so close to the ground. Her hooves haven't grown over summer and I am going to be starting her on a supplement to help with growth. Once I would actually start racing her (couple years down the road) I would be putting shoes on her so do you think the fact that her heels are so low will be a big deal? Her front seems to be quite large compared to her hind end which I don't really like but it's not like she has a tiny hind end so trained correctly, I think she would be alright.. Also, I do know that her neck is a bit funky and am wondering whether you all think that is a big deal or not. I personally don't think her neck will cause any problems down the road.
If I was just keeping her to ride in the occasional race and mostly just for general riding, I wouldn't be worried at all. But I am hoping she will end up being a very competitive horse and will be running a lot in summers. I just don't want to aim for something like that just for her to end up getting injured from something due to her conformation.
The first 2 pictures are from yesterday and the 3rd is from last year. They aren't the best pictures but the flies are horrible and my mom didn't really understand what kind of pictures I was looking for.