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post #1 of 10 Old 12-23-2011, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation Critique on My New Filly

I just recently adopted a 3 yr old OTTB filly from a reputable organization in my area. I have been doing quite a bit of research on hunter and jumper conformation as that's the field I wish to enter with my new project. I grew up on Quarter Horses both in the halter and western pleasure arenas so I am just trying to switch my eye to this field.

According to her profile, she is sound for any discipline including jumping. Her mind seems to lend itself to any discipline as well. I've studied her pictures for days now and decided to give her a new home. From what I've studied and read, her general conformation looks like it will lends itself to a hunter field. Plus the video I watched had a brief preview of her trot on the lunge line. To me it looked floaty and rather flat kneed for a green 3 yr old.

I would just like some critiques of her to see if I "lucked" into a girl for me. I must admit I did fall into love with her face and was hooked when the barn manager told me she wasn't cranky like a lot of mares can be.

Here's her link: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program » Blog Archive » Kissing Santa
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-24-2011, 12:15 AM
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**** she's nice! It's refreshing to see a versatile looking horse. Looks like if she didn't work out in your event, she has other options
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-24-2011, 12:18 AM
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Agreed. Completely. What a lovely mare!
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-24-2011, 12:23 AM
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Gorgeous! I love the look of her. What a beauty!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-24-2011, 01:41 AM
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Agree with the others,nice looking mare,you did good Congrats!!
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-24-2011, 03:42 AM
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Thoroughbred 3yo considered. (Based on image only)

Limbs overall appear a touch shorter and
perhaps on the solid side. Slightly longer
Cannons. Nice shoulder that is a touch upright.
Head carriage slightly western and lower.
Back probably on the longer side. The
Hind reasonable although the coupling
May perhaps be a touch longer. Nice girth
Depth that's a shade deeper and ads some
Western strength to the stride. 'Bit of everything'
As per description sums her up nicely. English
best go.

Perhaps watch she does not bolt on you
Despite the quite nature as they are generally
trained to gallop fast once a riders
Up. You should be fine but just be aware of
That in case.

Genuinely quiet thoroughbreds can be quite valuable -
Even as pleasure mounts. Good one - congrats.

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post #7 of 10 Old 12-24-2011, 06:35 AM
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She is beautiful. As far as bolting-that was not MY experience. Here in the US when they are trained, they are trained to trot one direction (I believe it was trot to the right) and canter/gallop the other direction-I believe that is left.....

When I retrained mine it was really helpful for me to actually go to the training track (I was fortunate to have one closeby) and watch how they are trained. It helped me understand why they can be more unbalanced one way than the other...etc. It was some years ago, but I don;t think they have drastically changed the way they are trained. They are not really taught to bolt off every time a rider is up, at least not here in the US. They are also not ALWAYS galloped around...they are also worked at a canter, at least from what I saw.

Good luck with her-the OTTB's make wonderful hunter/jumpers. Also perfect name! Merry Christmas!

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post #8 of 10 Old 12-24-2011, 09:30 AM
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I so hope you get her! I saw pics of her the other day, and instantly fell in love. I think she looks amazing for her age, and seems to be developing very nice!!! Pics a must if you do get her ;D
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Thank you all for the very kind words. I love her to bits, and I haven't even met her yet.

Horsegears, I think you pointed out a few things that I saw myself. I am a little concerned about her longer back and hind coupling and hope she won't develop Hunter's Bump. But I also wonder how much she will grow and change in the next 2 years.

As for training, my plan for her and I is to take things slow. We have all the time in the world. There is no need to rush. We won't even think about starting her jumping training until Spring mostly due to the fact that the facility I am boarding at does not have an indoor arena. Come Spring the 30 acres of riding area will be amazing.

Also, csimkunas6, I did adopt her. She should be coming up from the facility this Wednesday. Not in time for Christmas, but I will manage somehow.
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Thank you all for the very kind words. I love her to bits, and I haven't even met her yet.

Horsegears, I think you pointed out a few things that I saw myself. I am a little concerned about her longer back and hind coupling and hope she won't develop Hunter's Bump. But I also wonder how much she will grow and change in the next 2 years.

As for training, my plan for her and I is to take things slow. We have all the time in the world. There is no need to rush. We won't even think about starting her jumping training until Spring mostly due to the fact that the facility I am boarding at does not have an indoor arena. Come Spring the 30 acres of riding area will be amazing.

Also, csimkunas6, I did adopt her. She should be coming up from the facility this Wednesday. Not in time for Christmas, but I will manage somehow.


Congrats!!! That's awesome!!! Looks forward to lots of photos!
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