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post #1 of 15 Old 07-03-2013, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting Mare - Opinions Please

This mare is a 2007 OTTB, 17 Hands and a great disposition. I am interested in thoughts about her overall confirmation. She would be used for Dressage.


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post #2 of 15 Old 07-03-2013, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Also a video - It SUCKS...but it shows a nice big natural walk at least.

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I think she's gorgeous. Love her color! She's a great mover, from it looks like. I like how she really picks her feet up, and her hooves are very well shaped. She's doesn't look as underfed as most OTTB's.

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She looks like a great forward mover, I especially like her short back. It looks really strong.
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I quite like her, although I'm sure Elana or another member well-versed in conformation will chime in shortly. I don't see anything glaringly wrong... nice, low hocks/knees with a good shoulder angle. She looks like she might be light-boned though, which I don't think would be a huge deal for dressage.

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Bump - I wonder if Elana or someone would post about this mare. She caught my eye too.

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post #7 of 15 Old 07-05-2013, 12:52 PM
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I don't like her hind end for dressage. She's got some loin weakness with a less than ideal placing of the LS joint. So despite the power she'll make in that engine, it won't all go over the back as you want it for dressage.

She is a bit pigeon breasted.

This I say hesitantly, because I looked at a similar horse in my search, and this is what my mentor said of him... Her hind end seems overangulated, not ideal for dressage, but good for sprinting.

All in all, will do nicely for lower levels, probably with some flashy movement, but collection (starting in 2nd level) will be problematic.
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Must just be me, but I find her to have some rather odd conformation. Her withers are set very far back and seem very elongated and flat. From where her neck ties in to her body (withers) to the back part of the withers looks really odd to me (long and flat). I am not even quite sure where her shoulder ties in to that section. I find her hip odd too - sharp angulation (goose rumped) and low point of stifle, but fairly short length of hip. If you draw a triangle from hip to point of rump to stifle it is much longer from hip to stifle then the other two lines. Se is also pigeon breasted. Now I am not 100% how all of this would impact her movement, but she is just not harmonious or balanced to my eye.
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post #9 of 15 Old 07-05-2013, 05:28 PM
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She SOUNDS off in the video. I never really see it, but can hear it.

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post #10 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 08:15 PM
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Is it just me or is the angle on that hind right pastern different to the left pastern? It's not just the sock playing tricks either.

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