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post #1 of 6 Old 03-24-2012, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Critique 4yo Standardbred?

Though I wish she was, Playday is not my horse - I only lease her! She's a 4 year old off-the-track Standardbred who's never actually raced, due to the way her hind left kept clipping her front R knee. As a result, said knee is a bit larger than the other (but so far, riding 4-5 days a week for the last 6 months, there's been no lameness).

She definitely has a long back and is still a little butt-high (I think). She's young and OTT, so we're working on stretching, relaxing, and building muscle in her top line. Which, by the way, all involves me taking lessons again (after years just riding on my own following time competing), which has been an education on how sloppy you get after years of no instruction!

Anyway, she's a joy to ride (kind, willing, smooth trot/canter), has inspired me to focus on my own riding, and now I've become a bit obsessed with her! So, I came out from lurking here on the horse forum to ask for a confirmation critique!

Thanks in advance :)

PS - I did my best with the photos, but I was by myself and she was very interested in what I was doing...also I can't seem to figure out how to get the hind end sot right way up!
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-24-2012, 07:56 PM
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what a nice looking standardbred. I think for a STB shes not bad at all.
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Thank you! She is wonderful :)
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-25-2012, 01:36 AM
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I'm not good at critiques but she is just lovely! She has such a kind, sweet face. :)
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-27-2012, 06:06 PM
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She is bum high and a little long in the back.
Would appear to be sicklehocked and slightly cowhocked as well in the last photo.
Decent shoulder and front legs. Good, deep girth.
Could use some muscling, but she is only 4.
Sharp slope to her croup, but otherwise nice hindquarters.

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Thank you, Lilruffian (and IquitosARG10!) I have questions! My knowledge on confirmation is basic at best :(
So, since she's 4, is it possible she might still be growing and thus eventually bot be bum high? I've heard somewhere that Standardbreds mature earlier...but I am not sure if that applies to height. After a quick Google, I have to agree with the slightly cow hocked! She stands like that more often than not. But the sicklehocked is a friend Google tells me that this can cause unsoundness! Since she's so young I want to help her learn to carry herself in the best way to avoid injury...other than working with her to learn to use her hind end not be hollow in her back, anything I can do? Or maybe, if I'm lucky, it's the way she was standing ;)
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