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post #1 of 3 Old 09-28-2012, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Critique Practice

Surely most people know by now that I'm on the hunt for a horse. I found one that sounds perfect today, but I don't have anywhere near enough money.

I figured I could still learn something from it though, since I've decided that conformation is going to play a big part in the horse I buy - not because I want to show or anything, but because of my size.

So I thought I could post a photo of the mare here, pass my judgement, and have some of you conformation buffs correct me. But first, some facts. She's a 15 y/o Australian Stock horse x Warmblood, 15HH. I'm looking for a horse for pleasure riding, most likely a few times a week.

These are the things that I see:
- An extremely long neck! I don't think this would affect anything though.
- Slightly low-set neck
- A little long in the back, but it could be the illusion of the saddle and child
- Lovely short pasterns and cannons
- Looks base narrow in the hind legs
- Small hindquarters
- Looks like she might toe out, but could be the photo
- Needs more muscle

It seems to me like I should keep her pasterns and cannons and pass on the rest when I evaluate it like that. But I'm still interested to see how well I did.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-28-2012, 02:48 PM
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First thing to keep in mind when critiquing is to look at the photo as a whole. When you're developing your eye, you need to set yourself up for success. Picture angle is important. Later on, with experience, you can guesstimate some aspects but sometimes is impossible with certain angles. Some obvious... And some not so obvious.

So when starting out, you want to look at properly set up horses in photos that are angled correctly. Here, the photographer is far too close to the front end. This distorts the image, plus you cannot critque the hindquarters at all, since they are facing completely away from you.

The other thing is the saddle. Horse must not be tacked up. Sometimes, that's the best you get, and you can do good guesstimates so long as the horse is set up well and photo is taken correctly.

So I'd not start off with a bad conformation photo if you want to learn and develop your eye correctly.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-28-2012, 02:57 PM
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Shoulder angle is just a tad upright but not bad
Neck is long
Front legs look alright
Back appears as though it would be a good length, however it is difficult to tell with the saddle on
Steep angle to her croup and the hindquarters need muscling
Posty in the back legs

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