Originally Posted by Elana
She has nice low hocks but she is camped under behind. This is due to the short distance from her point of buttock to the stifle. She toes out in front and is a bit bench knee'd. Appears to have a splint on the inside right front and a splint forming on the inside left. These will be cosmetic problems if they do not develop spurs that interfere with the flexion of the knee joint.
Her shoulder is nice, but the point of shoulder is a bit low and the angle at the point of shoulder is a bit closed.. with the angle from point of shoulder to elblow being a bit flat. She will probably hang her knees over fences if she is used for jumping (beware those front splints if she is jumped).
Her back is nice and short and her withers are well placed. Wish the peak of croup was a little further forward for a stonger coupling.
I'm trying to learn more about conformation and how everything ties together,but it seems like there's always something new popping up that I don't know about or know to look for. :) I've heard the term bench knee,but am not really familiar with what it is exactly,just that it has something to do with the cannon not being centered in the knee,could you please explain what it is exactly? And would that cause the splints? She will just be used as a family type horse,for pleasure/trail riding,and maybe breed her a time or two to a reputable stud for western pleasure type foals,we'll see. She won't be jumped or ridden really hard.. Do you think any of the issues you mentioned would cause problems with what we got her for?