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post #1 of 10 Old 07-29-2012, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Critique 4yr old appendix mare please

As far as I can tell she has: tiny legs, cow hocked, a fairly narrow chest, possibly a very slightly roached back? Anything else? I'm still working on puting a bit more weight and muscle on her.

She is just used for trail riding and flatwork at present.




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HOLY! I couldnt help but notice the round bails in the backround to add to what you have said she is also down hill. But very cute :)
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HOLY! I couldnt help but notice the round bails in the backround to add to what you have said she is also down hill. But very cute :)
Yeah they have a lot of cows and horses to feed, and they grow it themselves. Certainly hasn't been any drought here either, rain, rain and more rain this spring.

In her sale ad before I bought her I though she looked dowhill too, she naturally carries her head high though so she doesn't feel downhill to ride though.
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she's not that downhill. She may still grow out of it?

The photo angles are the best. But she's got a large body on stick legs and hooves. Legs look pretty straight though. I can't see her hindquarters very well cause of the camera angle. Her shoulder is fairl. Steep. Neck is lovely in the first picture.

I think she may mature a bit more. She needs muscleing/toning.

What are your plans for her?
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I don't see roach in her back at all.

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Shes not that downhill. She may still grow out of it?

The photo angles are the best. But she's got a large body on stick legs and hooves. Legs look pretty straight though. I can't see her hindquarters very well cause of the camera angle. Her shoulder is fairl. Steep. Neck is lovely in the first picture.

I think she may mature a bit more. She needs muscleing/toning.

What are your plans for her?
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She turned 4 in May so she might still grow a tiny bit? She is just for my own pleasure, trail riding, etc. Lighter work.
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I don't see roach in her back at all.
In her loin area she is a bit of a slight convex bump, I'm not really sure how big it has to be to be considered a actual roached back.
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I could be wrong but it looks like a normally curved spine to me. No real abnormality. Even if she does have one though, its definitely not enough to hinder her :)

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Not a bad little horse. She is a bit FAT.. so trotting up hills and over caveletti and a bit less in groceries will help. She looks like she has been out on grass and it is time to catch her up and get her on good quality hay. I would like to the point of her croup a bit more forward of where it is. She looks like her right hock is capped.. maybe she kicked a fence or her stall? Usually a capped hock is a blemish.. not an unsoundness.

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Not a bad little horse. She is a bit FAT.. so trotting up hills and over caveletti and a bit less in groceries will help. She looks like she has been out on grass and it is time to catch her up and get her on good quality hay. I would like to the point of her croup a bit more forward of where it is. She looks like her right hock is capped.. maybe she kicked a fence or her stall? Usually a capped hock is a blemish.. not an unsoundness.
Hmm, didn't notice the hock before, I'll look at it in person when I get to the barn.

She might be roundish in shape, but I don't think she's fat. Even a couple weeks ago you could see almost every rib. It's just gotten to the point where you can only see a couple of them faintly. She does need more conditioning though definitely.
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