So, I'm doing some reading about hind leg conformation...
And I would like to know a bit more about the consequences of a horse being camped out. I am pretty sure my little filly (the one who was previously used for medical testing) has quite severe examples of these, but I don't really have a picture to prove it...
I'm going to include a photo I had on my cell phone, but its rubbish. She is not standing balanced or square in it. (NB! this was taken soon after we got her, so that is why she is so skinny.) It is just a hind leg photo, please pardon that.
I might be all wrong about everything though, but also, as you can see, she doesn't have an ideal butt either. A bit of a roach, and a flat croup I think, and I don't like her hip. What can you tell me, from the crappy picture, about that? I am no conformation guru, so any input will be appreciated, and if I'm wrong I'm wrong.
She is gaining weight and building muscle now, and she is a growing filly (2 years old), so what, if anything, could change with time and groceries? Perhaps her butt will stop looking quite so small when she is at an optimum weight? Perhaps it will improve with work in the future?
Anyway, if she is 'camped out', what does this mean for her? I know she will probably end up being best as somebody's 'trail horse' or 'pleasure horse', but will this affect her ability to collect or jump in the future severely? I've read that 'camped out' horses are sometimes not really ridable, as their gaits are awkward and uncomfortable and stressful on their joints.... true??
Poor girl, I want to do what is best by her... what would that be?