HOw is steep is she?

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    12-21-2012, 09:03 PM
HOw is steep is she?

I was just wondering how bad my mare's shoulder really is and what results from having a steep shoulder?

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    12-21-2012, 09:31 PM
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Ive seen horses with worse..but it doesnt look like something too horrible.

All I've found with steep shoulders is a shorter stride that's less comfortable than a horse with a more sloped shoulder.

Im not sure what discipline you ride/show in, but dressage might not be the best one since her extended strides won't be as extended as prefered, from what I can gather through my experience. Never again will I buy or lease a barrel horse with a steep shoulder, because I had to improve my seat (it did teach me something and to become a better rider) just to stay on going staight on her, much less not be holding the horn for dear life in our turns, lol.
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    12-21-2012, 11:37 PM
Her shoulder doesn't look to bad...I have seen way worse.

I personally would be looking more at her hind legs........they are not the greatest.
    12-22-2012, 12:16 PM
Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr    
Her shoulder doesn't look to bad...I have seen way worse.

I personally would be looking more at her hind legs........they are not the greatest.
She has a lot of physical flaws - she was an unexpected rescue.

But what about her hind legs is bad. I know the angle of her pasterns is iffy, and sometimes she stands with her back toes out like she is pigeon toed. SHe is also very narrow I think

What problems do those things cause?
    12-22-2012, 01:02 PM
She appears to be arabian or lots of arabian and they are often base narrow in the back end. I doubt she will have any problems.
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    12-22-2012, 01:05 PM
Her right hind appears to be clubbed. May be the angle, may be the way she's standing, may be the trim.

Other than odd pastern angles, I like her back end.
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    12-22-2012, 02:26 PM
Arabs are commonly base narrow in the hind end? Hmmm, never heard of that, mine weren't. Anyhoo, a picture without the saddle squared up would be better to judge. Looks a tad sickle hocked but pictures can make or break a horse, so to speak.
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    12-23-2012, 08:48 PM
She did have a VERY bad trim job when I first got her but have since found someone who I like.

I will try to get a squared up picture of her next time from different angles. I just wanted to know what to expect from such conformation flaws.

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