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post #1 of 16 Old 03-11-2014, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Critique on part-arabian mare - potential purchase

I'm looking at a part-arabian mare for my young daughters (10 and 11) to ride, and took a few pictures of her yesterday. They aren't great pictures and I only got a video of her walking and trotting, but we're going back to look at her in an arena where we can canter tomorrow evening. I would love to get some feedback about her conformation. This horse would be mainly used for low-level flat arena work and trail riding, but I just want to be sure there aren't any major issues that would cause early lameness or other issues. She is 9, and just had a trim.


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post #2 of 16 Old 03-11-2014, 03:05 PM
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I'm not good at confo so I can't really comment on that.
But she has extremely long and cute ears. I like her, she looks kind.

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Thanks Morganarab94 - she is very sweet and calm, and very easy to ride (nice whoa, but yet responsive), too :). I'm very new to figuring out conformation, but aside from that she seems to be a good fit for my girls.
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Not the best pictures for critique because her tail (which is thick and rather lovely) is covering the shot of her legs from the hind and she doesn't have all four feet on the ground in the side view shot.
However, from what I can tell she doesn't have any glaring faults. She looks like she may be a little sensitive footed on the rocks though?
If you're looking for a kids horse, conformation comes after disposition and training in my book. I will take a pigeon toed, long backed, jug headed, pig eyed, ewe necked Thoroughbred that's completely bombproof, tolerant, and sweet over a stunning horse with flawless conformation that's girthy, and untrustworthy. A safe horse is priceless (no matter what they look like) when children are involved.
She does look sweet though and cute to boot.
If you post better pics I'll give another critique though.
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post #5 of 16 Old 03-11-2014, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Laurapratt01 - I totally agree, and have been searching for a while for the 'right' personality, training and temperament without much regard for looks, color, breed, etc. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't overlooking something critical, and I know the photos are terrible for seeing conformation but was hoping the video would help. I'll be seeing her again tomorrow for longer and will get some better photos.
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Not great pics for conformation critiques but she looks quiet enough - though not particularly well schooled/responsive IMO she doesn't look as if training would be a problem with her
I'm from a country where children of the age of yours ride ponies and compete in pony classes so buying something that tall seems odd to me - but I know its common practice in the US so not really applicable.
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post #7 of 16 Old 03-11-2014, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Jaydee - my older daughter is 11 but right about my height (5'2") already and will likely be 5'7", so anything shorter would be too short for her. This horse is only 14'2, so actually would qualify for large pony hunter jumper classes.
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post #8 of 16 Old 03-11-2014, 07:33 PM
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I don't see anything that screams "run for the hills"! A vet check is encouraged for lameness, etc. The most important question for me would be how well she interacts with her rider, not necessarily her confirmation. I'm 5'6" and my mare is only 14.2, my trainer is close to 6 ft so the horse's height shouldn't be a factor! She does have a kind eye and I like her.
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I think she is a good candidate, but try bore things, like cantering, trailer loading , leaving the "home", etc.

is she barefoot? she looked a tiny bit ouchy on the rocks.
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post #10 of 16 Old 03-11-2014, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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She loaded into the trailer and back out fine, and she is barefoot. Yes, we'll walk her away from home to an arena and canter her tomorrow. The owner picked up her feet for me yesterday and she did fine, but I'll make sure the girls can groom her and pick up feet tomorrow, too.
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