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post #1 of 9 Old 03-25-2012, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Learning about conformation...please critique

This is Isabella, my 13 year old retired Argentinian Polo Pony. She is 15hh. The first first picture was taken when I first saw her on January 15. She needed groceries badly. The last pictures were taken today before I groomed her. She looks better without the mud, but she wasn't standing square after I groomed so I thought the muddy pictures may be better.

I am just learning about conformation so I just want to hear what people think of Izzy. I only use her for light trail and arena riding.
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-26-2012, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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I guess no one wants to critique a muddy horse. :(
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-26-2012, 09:41 AM
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Im not good at critique but I will say she looks good :) a real difference in her condition since you got her. Good job!
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Thanks! She has been getting some good grain and is loving the spring grass.

I am just now getting interested in conformation. I read Horse and Rider magazine and am starting to be able to rate the horses in the correct order in the conformation feature every month.

But I have a hard time critiquing my own horse. Too close to the situtaion I guess. :)

I know her whithers look strange but I have no idea about her legs...still learning about them. LOL
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post #5 of 9 Old 03-26-2012, 04:13 PM
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She is posty in the hind legs and her shoulder angle is a tad steep, but not by much.
Neck is set a little high, which i think makes it look long.
She mostly needs muscle, especially in her neck and hindquarters.
Nice depth of girth and her front legs look good, though perhaps her pasterns may be a little long

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post #6 of 9 Old 03-26-2012, 04:39 PM
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I really like her front legs, but I like longer pasterns-I think it makes the horse smoother. & for trail riding-smoothness is nice. She's looking good, but I would keep her on a weight gaining regime for awhile yet. How often do you get to ride her? and how is that going for you?
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Thank you both very much. Yes, she definitely needs muscle. After she was retired from polo, she was purchased by someone that pretty much starved her for 4 months. I bought her from the people who rescued her. The first picture I posted was after she already had gained about 50 pounds.

The only place she has any muscle tone is in her rear...she was able to keep some there. there. Her hips have none at all. Her shoulders and top line need built up

I am taking it very slow with her. I take lessons on her every Tuesday and then ride for about an hour two other days during the week. When we first start out, she is very stiff but she loosens up quickly. I am waiting until she gets some more weight on her before i do too much with her. Mostly we just go for calm, walking rides. I know I need to get her trotting to build up some of those muscles. Unfortunately, rght after I got her, she had an abcess and was off for a little while so that kept us still for a while. I have had her since Feb. 4th and we have worked through her testing me and her teeth are getting done on Friday.

So...I am now ready to really get started on getting her back in shape.

And yes, i plan on keeping her on her current feeding regime for a while yet.

Thanks again!

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what is posty ?
what is a steep shoulder angle ?
depth of girth ?
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-26-2012, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Joe...i had to google it. ( always learning)

Posty is straight legged. Could cause problems.
Steep shoulder angle can result in short strides...which is very true in her case.
Depth of girth is measured from elbow ? to withers..
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