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post #1 of 8 Old 05-04-2012, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Critique

I'm not really sure if this is allowed.. But next year I'm joining a 'horse judging' type club. So, just for fun, as well as adding to my knowledge about conformation. I'm not buying another horse, so I'm just looking at these ads.

I'll just say what I see in the pictures and then I would really appreciate it if you guys would correct me on things or add onto things that I missed(There will be plenty).

Sale/Lease 18 yr old reg. TB mare - in training for Dressage
Looks like her back is swaying, high wither(which isn't surprising since she's a tb), something funny looking about her hocks, bit over at the knee? Looks a tad bit over weight.. Nice wide sholder.

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Neck ties in a bit low, high wither again, looks like he's got real thin legs. Thin neck, nice straight front legs.

Lovely Yearling Warmblood Filly
Possible sway in older years? Hind legs a bit on the straight side. Her feet look to be on the smaller side. Neck is a tiny bit short if I'm picky? But her head is lovely.

So, correct me if I'm wrong, or add anything else that you might see? :) Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-05-2012, 12:14 AM
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I would say the first mare you are pretty spot on. She doesn't look swayed to me, just a bit high in the withers. Her neck is nested (tied in far too low) and she is most likely sickle hocked. <br />
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The next horse is a mess, in my opinion. Post legs, short roach back, and a pencil neck. This poor boy is in for some problems in the future, in my opinion. <br />
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Lastly, this little girl is pretty elegant. Her neck is a tiny bit short, but she is incredibly balanced for a youngster. I don't think she will sway when she is older due to her short, balanced frame. If I were to buy any of them, I would buy her. <br />
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Well done with your assessments, in my opinion. <br />
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#1. Yes , swaying back a bit, but may be just a bit of a hay belly. Neck ties in nicely , good shoulder, not sure about over at the knee, but looks almost as if there is a bowed tendon on front left. If not, then she looks tied in at the knee. Hind leg looks fine to me, nothing wierd about the hocks. Overall, a nicely made mare, except the front left leg, which I would want a close look at.


#2 overly steep shoulder with high withers, neck ties in a bit low, mild pigeon breasting. Weak neck. Flat back with some roaching. Light bones. I don't like this hrose as well as mare #1.


#3. Very nice horse. Short back , super nice long neck ties in high. Nice shoulder angle, decent bone. Only minus: short hip and long rear canons. She is not swayed, just undondittioned. Warmbloods often have what looks like a large "gut". They have a lot of "engine" back there. Super nice filly.
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Thank you, you're helping me quite a bit.

Athletic, sweet 6 yr old TB gelding H/J prospect for sale in Denton, Texas :: HorseClicks
I actually am rather fond of this horse. But I might be over looking something major. WHO KNOWS, surely not me. I like his back, don't see any issues with it. High wither, neck ties in low, front legs look fine, straight. Feet are a bit small. That left hind leg looks funny.. almost.. inflated? O.O He looks very well conditioned, nice muscles on him. Lovely head and neck.

Flashy Finished Rodeo Mare!! For sale in Mcclain, Oklahoma :: HorseClicks
Thin neck, high wither, her feet look very very small, as do her front legs. Odd head set for a quarter horse. Not too much to say on this one, but I'd like to hear what you guys think. I'm not sure what the terminology would be but she looks really forward.

Bombproof. Talented. 16.1 hds. AQHA Appendix for sale in South Carolina :: HorseClicks
Long back, neck ties in low, large front in, smaller in the back. Something off about him that I can't quite place.

Fancy hunter/jumper 5yr old unraced thoroughbred mare for sale in Lexington city, Virginia :: HorseClicks
Large barrel, high wither, her neck and head look oddly small compared to her body.
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Your first guy looks pretty great. If I were really picky, I would say he needs more muscle tone in the gaskin area, and he's a little disproportionate in his front vs hind end. Overall pretty decent fella.

The palomino mare is goose rumped (very steep hip angle) and her knees are set pretty low. Her front legs honestly look too short for her body. She has a longer back and higher withers than I like, and her headset is a bit high.

This poor boy (palomino gelding) is so goose rumped I am shocked he doesn't fly south for the winter. He looks a bit sickke hocked, but this could just be because of his absurd hunter bump (goose rump). He has a decent front end, but he looks pieced together.

Lastly, this mare need some hind end work for sure. She looks a bit roach backed to me. She has long canons in the back and is over at the knee. She also has a pigeon breast and a small head. I would not jump this girl for fear of arthritis. She needs muscle tone in the stifke and gaskin, but at least her hip angle is a little more mellow.

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Your first guy looks pretty great. If I were really picky, I would say he needs more muscle tone in the gaskin area, and he's a little disproportionate in his front vs hind end. Overall pretty decent fella.

The palomino mare is goose rumped (very steep hip angle) and her knees are set pretty low. Her front legs honestly look too short for her body. She has a longer back and higher withers than I like, and her headset is a bit high.

This poor boy (palomino gelding) is so goose rumped I am shocked he doesn't fly south for the winter. He looks a bit sickke hocked, but this could just be because of his absurd hunter bump (goose rump). He has a decent front end, but he looks pieced together.

Lastly, this mare need some hind end work for sure. She looks a bit roach backed to me. She has long canons in the back and is over at the knee. She also has a pigeon breast and a small head. I would not jump this girl for fear of arthritis. She needs muscle tone in the stifle and gaskin, but at least her hip angle is a little more mellow.

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