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post #1 of 8 Old 08-27-2012, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Critique New Mare Please!!

I'm getting a new mare, she will be here in a month or so. Her name is a Bahloo she's a 6 year old shire cross, and stands about 16.1 hands. Right now she has mostly trail training, but I would like to gear her towards low level eventing in the future. These are the best pics I could find, had to pull them off my friends facebook since I'm in NY and Bahloo is currently in KY, lol. Let me know what you think of her! Thanks!!

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-27-2012, 11:41 AM
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I don't know much about conformation, plus the photos aren't the best for it (like you said) and there's a lot of feather going on! Buuuuuut, she looks well balanced to me, and that's all I really go off of when the goal is all around riding. She will be VERY flashy when all in shape and cleaned up! Big congrats!
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-27-2012, 12:01 PM
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Beautiful horse, but this breed and build is not going to excel in eventing...
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-27-2012, 03:57 PM
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I answered you this, on the other forum.

Nice girl. Do you know what the other breed was? She certainly took on the Shire characteristics. I'd like to see a little higher tail set on her. We have the same problem in many Gypsies, with their Shire background. She could have a little more length of neck, but that might be the pic. You will have fun with this girl. After Gypsies, Shires are my second favourite breed. Handsome, willing and a 'do anything' breed.

She might not do well in all Eventing diciplines, but give her a try at small jumps for a while. If she shows an aptitude in jumping, then try her at some local Cross Country events. I know our Gypsies absolutely love to jump and I've seen a few Shires and Shire crosses, do well at it too. Many in the UK use Gypsies to follow the hounds, so with their Shire background, your girl might enjoy such things. Start her slowly though.

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post #5 of 8 Old 08-27-2012, 04:50 PM
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She is Fantastic! and if she doesn't work for you I'll take her xD

She has fantastic (IMO) conformation, short coupled and heavy build. If she's hot enough to want to and enjoy jumping, she'd be a horse I'd feel safe jumping, she's built to take the landing. She is heavy though, I've got a gypsy colt who's heavy but atheltic - but I've got an 18hand belgian who'd rather step over any jump I put in front of him, than actually jump. It depends truly on her attitude.

I'm wondering if she is half canadian, being so short coupled and built. IDK could be anything.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-27-2012, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by arrowattack09 View Post
Beautiful horse, but this breed and build is not going to excel in eventing...
I have to disagree. If the OP is just wanting to do lower level eventing, there is no reason why this horse cannot do just as well as a TB as long as she's in shape and sound.

Heck, when I started eventing there was someone in my area who evented a Shire x Appaloosa. It looked, basically, like a spotted Shire. And it competed through the Preliminary/CIC* level without any physical issues. A draft cross or heavier horse just has different conditioning needs than a Thoroughbred or lighter-built horse.

OP, I say give it a try! While I can't really tell her conformation from the photos, I agree that she looks pretty balanced. If she enjoys jumping and if you can get her in good shape, I'd love to see you two rocking it out in the eventing world.
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she is a pretty horse. get her into shape and she looks as though she could handle what you want. She does have a low tail set . You could try her for dressage also ;) thats what her hind end looks like is on some of the warmbloods used for dressage. In my humble opinion
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-27-2012, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!! Believe me I'm not looking to compete any higher then Beginner Novice, but I'm moving to a new barn where they concentrate on eventing, and even though I've never done I thought it would be fun for Bahloo and I to learn together.
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