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    01-05-2013, 02:10 AM
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Weanling
Conformation for a QH mare??

I posted this a minute ago and the links wouldn't work, so lets try again: This is my 10 year old Quarter Horse mare, Rose. She is about 15 hands tall (not sure exactly, I can find out though). She is due to have her feet done, but it will be a week or so before the farrier can get out to the house.

I bought her about a month ago, and she is really turning out to be a wonderful mare. She is gentle as a lamb and if she was any more 'dead broke', she would be literally dead! But that's what I need while I try to get back into the swing of things.

I plan on trail riding her, nothing too difficult, and maybe showing a bit in western pleasure in some of the county fairs in the area this summer, so nothing too strenuous.

I have been reading a lot of threads about conformation lately, and I have been trying to tell weather she was a good mare for riding, or if there was anything that might be bad that could make her lame in the future. See anything? Let me know! Thanks!!

These are some pictures I took after a short 30 minute ride a few days ago. Sorry her butt is so dirty, no amount of brushing could get that off! If you can, please read the descriptions with the pictures, I explain a few things in them. Thanks! Oh, and sorry for all the horsey poop!

Her right back leg is also not as crooked as it seems. I posted a picture of her front legs, showing her back right, and it is straight in that picture. Sorry for the trouble.

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    01-05-2013, 02:20 AM
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Green Broke
Hi, In the last pic she looks sickle hocked. She has a hay belly ') you should probably give her some wormer . The Pics are not the best to judge her , perhaps you have someone around who could hold her while you got some shots. She's a cute little horse. She does need some 'muscling'
But in my opinion, if I have a horse that works for me, does what I want, and I don't plan on breeding, don't plan on selling, Then I really don't care if it isn't perfect :)
     
    01-05-2013, 03:01 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by stevenson    
Hi, In the last pic she looks sickle hocked. She has a hay belly ') you should probably give her some wormer . The Pics are not the best to judge her , perhaps you have someone around who could hold her while you got some shots. She's a cute little horse. She does need some 'muscling'
But in my opinion, if I have a horse that works for me, does what I want, and I don't plan on breeding, don't plan on selling, Then I really don't care if it isn't perfect :)
I wormed her a couple weeks ago and will worm her when she is due again - the person that had her before me never wormed any of his horses because they all were wormy when I got them.

She does need some muscling, as she was only used for very small children to play with, and never really had any good work put to her.

Thanks for the reply! :)
     
    01-05-2013, 08:37 AM
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Green Broke
Horse needs muscling and it looks like she is eating poor quality hay and lot of it (hence the hay belly).

Her neck is set a bt below her withers. This dip may improve with proper work (trotting up long hills on a loose rein and rider in a two point.. riding 5-6 days a week). The whole horse will improve with that sort of riding.

She has nice low hocs and knees.
She is back at the knee and maybe a little tied in at the knee. Her right hind leg loos truly cow hocked (the left hind is fine). Her front legs are crooked.. she is bench kneed and her right front is also knock kneed with a twist at the fetlock joint to compensate.

She looks a bit camped under OR she is standing like that to take weight off her front legs/feet.

Her rear end is under muscled and her peak of croup is gfurther back than ideal.

This horse would benefit hugely from being ridden regularly and on hills and (I suspect) better quality hay. She will stay sound longer if the farrier trims her level and flat in front.. no corrective stuff.. to allow her legs to be what they are (a bit crooked).

I would put this mare to work 6 days a week in a conditioning program and in 3 months of that, take photos again and post next to these. I think you will be amazed at the difference.
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