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Help with my critique?

I've been reading here and there on conformation of horses, and trying to get a good idea of my own horses' conformation as practice.
So now I'm looking for any help that you can offer. I'll post the pictures I've taken of them and what I'm able to pick out about their conformations, and you let me know if I missed anything or am way off.
Please and thank you~

(And for my own sanity and the sanity of everyone else, I'll post all the pictures as links. )

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6-year-old gelding standing at ~12hh. Out of a grade pony and Ruby -- who, by my best guess, is Arabian/Quarter Horse/something else. Being trained as a cart pony, sometimes shown in halter.

My impressions:
Seems as if his rear feet are too close together, and a bit camped out. I can't see any real faults with his front legs, maybe a bit too angled of pasterns though. I think his rump is a bit higher than his withers, and somewhat low withers. His neck and head seem pretty good overall.


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5-year-old gelding standing at ~12hh. Out of a grade pony and Ruby -- who, by my best guess, is Arabian/Quarter Horse/something else. Being trained as a cart pony, sometimes shown in halter.

My impressions:
My first impression is that he's an antsy little booger who can't stand still and square long enough to get a good picture.
He looks a bit back at the knee and has weak pasterns like his brother, and is at least somewhat cow-hocked. His back looks pretty level, though his withers look kind of low too. Not sure what exactly makes me say it, but his hip just looks small to me.


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15-year-old gelding standing at ~16hh. Quarter Horse/Paint. Mostly a trail horse, but I do a little work with him around barrels for fun now and then.

My impressions:
I need to teach him how to square up. This is honestly the best I could get him to do.
First off, his back is looong, and his withers are definitely higher than his rump (though that confuses me, because when I'm riding him it feels like the opposite). A little cow-hocked, and his front legs seem somewhat camped under. His pasterns seem good, and other than being cow-hocked, his back legs seem almost ideal. His neck seems good, and he has a little bit of a roman nose and otherwise oversized head, but doesn't look too bad.


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15-year-old mare standing at ~15hh. Quarter Horse. Primarily a gymkhana horse.

My impressions:
Her front legs look a little camped under; her rear maybe camped out and set wide apart. Her back looks pretty level to me, though somewhat sway-backed; maybe her rump is a bit higher.


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15-year-old mare standing at ~14hh. My best guess is Arabian/Quarter Horse/something else. Pretty all-around, mostly trail and gymkhana, and a little bit of halter.

My impressions:
Somewhat camped out on her back legs, and a little bit of a shallow flank. I can't really tell if she seems camped under on her front, or if maybe it's just how she's standing. Her back seems pretty level, though her winters seem a little low to me and her back sort of short.

I just don't have any good pictures of Tanner to judge from, and with her injury she doesn't quite like to stand square, or she'd be on this list too.

Anything glaring that I missed or misjudged? Opinions of your own? Don't be gentle with me! haha
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