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post #1 of 16 Old 01-30-2012, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation Critique of My Mare

CD Lil Qupid (aka Bailey) is a 2007 model B.S. APHA mare. She is 16hh. I mostly trail ride and gather cattle on her. I am not looking at showing, just wondering how she is with her conformation. We were battling her weight, but now after having her teeth floated and a change of diet we are getting the weight back on. Still have more to gain. I would also like to know if it would be worth me possibly breeding her in the future. I would like to know if there are any pros and cons. I have also included her baby picture because that was the whole reason why I purchased her.
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-30-2012, 08:13 PM
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She looks like a very nice working horse. Thick, solid legs, great neck, decent neck and heart girth, and an acceptable hind end. I don't like her gaskin (I think that's what it is, but it might be someting else around there that's bothering me); it looks like it's set too far back, perhaps? She also appears to be toed-out in the back.

Overall, she is a nicely put-together, sturdy mare.
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post #3 of 16 Old 01-30-2012, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Her hind feet bother me too. Working with her shoer to try to correct it. Thank you.
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post #4 of 16 Old 01-30-2012, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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The gaskin is the muscular area between the stifle and the hock. Is that where you are talking about?
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post #5 of 16 Old 01-30-2012, 08:24 PM
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Yes, that's what I'm talking about. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure if it's the gaskin that's the problem. It could very well be something else that I'm missing.
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I really like her. She has a fairly short back in relation to a longer underline. She is pretty narrow when viewed from the front, but she has a nice V in her pectoral region. She is straight through the hocks in the picture from behind, but like the others have said she toes out some. I love her neck and head and she is well balanced :) she could probably use some more muscling in her hind end though
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post #7 of 16 Old 01-30-2012, 09:56 PM
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You want their back feet toed out a bit, they're not supposed to point straight forward, if they do they're probably bowlegged, I see nothing wrong with her back legs. Her gaskins are just weak. She could use a little muscle overall, but other than that I think you have a pretty good looking horse. :) good luck with her!
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post #8 of 16 Old 01-30-2012, 09:58 PM
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http://www.triplecrown.com.au/getfil...rear-toba.aspx
Here's a good drawing of ideal hind legs :)
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post #9 of 16 Old 01-30-2012, 10:01 PM
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I like this mare, reminds of my horse, 16HH & BS APHA. Nice back, superb heartgirth, nice head. Her neck is a bit chunky, thick throatlatch, posty back legs, straight shoulder, not horrible by any means, no horse is perfect. To me, she looks the proper weight, any more & I would consider her overweight.
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-30-2012, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone. You have helped me a great deal. I have done some reading on her feet and the articles I have read said you do want them toed out a lil to clear their rib cage. With hooves completely straight forward your horse is more likely to hit their rib cage when loping/running versus toed out. Thank you missnashvilletime for the link.
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