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post #1 of 16 Old 11-24-2011, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation for dressage?

Hey there, I'm back. Yes, the search continues.

So, a certain thoroughbred cross has caught my eye. How is her conformation in terms for mid-level dressage? No worries, I have more important factors in mind these days, but I am curious...




I am concerned about her stifle in particular. It's hard to tell, but is it a very high stifle? Same as her point of shoulder, is it too low?

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post #2 of 16 Old 11-24-2011, 07:43 PM
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Hey there, I'm back. Yes, the search continues.

So, a certain thoroughbred cross has caught my eye. How is her conformation in terms for mid-level dressage? No worries, I have more important factors in mind these days, but I am curious...
I am concerned about her stifle in particular. It's hard to tell, but is it a very high stifle? Same as her point of shoulder, is it too low?

All opinions welcome!
Is this some random picture you put up. Is she for sale somewhere..an ad maybe.

Are you considering her seriously.

If none of the above, and if this horse does not belong to you, do you have permission to post it and put her up for critique?
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Yes, it is a horse up for sale, and I am very seriously considering. I have already met with the seller (which is the horse's trainer) for a previous horse, and this one just came up, so I'm thinking of seeing this mare too. The picture is public, not sent privately (I did re-upload, since I didn't want to hotlink), and thus should be okay for critiquing.
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Yes, it is a horse up for sale, and I am very seriously considering. I have already met with the seller (which is the horse's trainer) for a previous horse, and this one just came up, so I'm thinking of seeing this mare too. The picture is public, not sent privately (I did re-upload, since I didn't want to hotlink), and thus should be okay for critiquing.

Good.

The only thing I don't like is the shoulder does not extend into the back but ends too abruptly.

The one hock I can see looks "capped" but if it is that can be managed.

The only thing that you need to make a final decision is price and ridability and if you can handle her.

A video would help.
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No video, sadly. I do, however, have some action shots. Would those help?

Anyone else have comments?
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I would like to see a better photo of the front legs. I am concerned about the pasterns and possibly the knees.

Both of her hocks do appear capped (which may or may not be of no concern), and her shoulder angle is really quite steep, which I suppose is less of an issue in dressage than in some other disciplines. Same thing with her steep croup and straight stifle angle.

She looks massively tall. Is she?
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HOLY SHOULDERS! Big head too =P personally I don't liker her O.O
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She's 16.2, so not unusually tall.

Too bad about the shoulder... she's got such a great temperament, very willing.


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I wouldnt worry toooo much about her shoulders. They are very prominent. If she's very willing with a good temperament I would consider her for dressage. Looks like a very sweet gal.
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