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post #1 of 12 Old 09-24-2013, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Crit. Dani - 7yo AQH

Tuff Little Dani - "Dani"
7yo AQH Mare
About 14.3hh - 15hh
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I put one of these up last year, so figured I'd do one again this year. See what people thought. I also got her stand a wee bit better >.> This is the week she's due for a trim (she's on a 6wk cycle) so if they seem a little long that's why. She normally doesn't grow fast enough to need a 6wk cycle trim, but this time she grew out a bit faster.

The pictures were kinda taken on a skewed angle - I didn't stand her completely straight with the wall >.> The only things I know are she's downhill & her neck needs muscling (that's the hardest one to pack muscles on - we're trying though!). If you could give as indepth as possible critiques I would really appreciate it. Mainly just like 'Downhill so will cause her to not be able to collect as easily etc' just to kinda help me visualize. And maybe what you'd use her for. Just for interests sake







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I apologize for the dirty feet that kinda blend in with the sand. It was impossible to scrape all the mud off her. Pointless too since she just went right back out into it >.>
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I'm not great at this, but i'll give it a go. Significantly downhill, which will drastically affect how well she can collect properly and work off her hind end.

She is light on bone, and seems to have long pasterns on all 4. She also has a long, thin neck, which seems disproportionate.
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Okay.

First off, She's underweight by a good 150 pounds. You should not be able to see hips poking out, or the tailhead, and I don't like to see ribs on a horse just standing.

Legs, very light on bone, LONG pasterns. Tied in at the knee (?in front and behind?) looks to be calf kneed in pictures? Very long back. And she has no topline at all.

Steeper shoulder. Very very downhill. Her neck is long, not proportionate to her body. It looks weak/slightly ewe necked. And she has a large head not proportionate to her body. Coarse throat latch.

I do think she has powerful motor (hindend) But, being underweight is taking away from that good.quality. Getting some more weight in her will improve her very much.
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First off, She's underweight by a good 150 pounds. You should not be able to see hips poking out, or the tailhead, and I don't like to see ribs on a horse just standing.
I agree with you 100% on her weight. I've owned this mare since she was 6mos old and have never, never had issues keeping her in good weight. I switched barns in June & after a month there she dropped weight BADLY. She was wormed shortly before we switched barns, but I did it again, I got her teeth done, & have still seen very slow improvements. She's getting 2lbs of SafeChoice Perform (switching back to Original since there's not much difference) AM+PM, 1lb of Buckeye Ultimate Finish 25 + Triumph Complete (it was just the Buckeye), AND 2 oz AM+PM of Cool Calories which I've switched to Gleam&Gain. OH and she gets a full 2lb scoop of Beet Pulp AM+PM.

Was very, very p.o'ed with this barn when we moved. I had been giving her BARELY any feed before we left. She survived off like a 1/4th scoop of sweet feed her entire life. Until I got myself educated for better quality foods. Then she was on SafeChoice Original for the past month before we left. I pasture boarded her before I finally convinced the barn owner to give me a dry lot stall. Hay was provided 24/7 in big square bales shipped in from WI (we had bad hay this year in IL), water access 24/7. The only thing they weren't doing was giving her grain. Which I figured since she really wasn't getting that much to begin with & usually just a 1/4 scoop at night - she'd be fine since hay was constantly provided. And even though the grass sucks. It was a hot year & a lot of horses dropped weight in the pasture from the heat. But ****. I've NEVER had problems with this gal.

This was her last year:
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She looks much better overall in that picture from last year- definetely figure put what is up with the feed at the new place!
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looks almost like two different horses. If you cover up her neck/head, and look only at the body, it looks like many AQHA's look. Tack on the neck, and suddenly the body looks under-boned in relation to the long neck and large head.
I think her pasterns are fine, length and angel. Her hock is good, and hind end looks fine. Seeing the tail head is part of the way her's comes out, though I agree that she is underweight and undermuscled.

Her neck is very long and straigh, and tied on to the shoulder low. The lack of bend (I mean like how a Swan bends it's neck, not side to side) in her neck will make it harder for her to lift it up, from the base , and lighten her shoulders. Same old stuff you heard and know.

You can ride her up hills at walk , over cavaletti or logs, and do lots of transitions. But you cannot changer her neck totally. She looks like a very sweet horse and though not perfect, is certainly no throw away .
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She looks like a completely different horse! Wow. There she looks like a QH. I actually had to go back and double-check her breed because I was thinking she was an Arabian.

Have you by chance had her scoped for ulcers? The stress of moving may have caused her to develop them. Would explain the drop in weight and her now being a hard keeper.

Some good alfalfa hay would do wonders for her. Does she act different? Personality wise? More lethargic?
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I haven't had her scoped for ulcers as I was hoping the floating + weight gain supplements would do their job. My Arabian dropped weight when we moved here too & she's a SUPER easy keeper (and we had taken her to this same barn 5yrs ago & never had problems - it was different management then). So I hadn't thought about ulcers.

This makes me so ashamed as a horse owner though. All three of my girls have dropped weight after being here. Which again made me think it wasn't ulcers because they ALL did it & ALL my girls are super easy keepers used to going different places. I'd forgotten she actually switched the horses to super crappy hay after I'd moved them there. Then went back to the big bales. Now she's got a decent alfalfa mixture. I'm just super disappointed with this place... I'd found out that sometimes they wouldn't feed horses in the pasture board if it was "too hot" or they couldn't catch them.

I'm debating switching her to alfalfa pellets instead of doing the beet pulp. And because the hay quality was so bad that's why I've started the triumph complete. The guy at the feed store told me for every 1lb it substitutes for 2lbs of hay.
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I actually thought she looked more like an Arab too had to look back & read again to say she was QH. She is slight on built for QH,looks better in 2nd pic with more weight on her. Her long back,light bone & long neck aren't going to change. Funny I never thought i'd say a horses neck looks too long but in this case..
Agree pretty much with CLaPorte432 on her assessment
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