Hi everyone. I have a few pictures to share to see if anyone sees an improvement in her muscle tone. She is being fed Strategy and watered down beat pulp with HB15 hoof supplement and is being ridden 2x a week. She is an 8 year old registered QH mare standing at 16hh. She is not perfectly squared up in the second picture, but give me an idea on what I could work on to improve her weaknesses. I plan on her being my all around low level jumper and barrel racer, but mostly picking what she want's to do.
I flipped this picture so she was facing the same way. Taken in April
Thanks for commenting Lizzie, she definitely does have a roach. I had the chiropractor out two months ago to do a general adjustment and he worked on that a little. I don't remember exactly what he said about it.
She is also pretty long and I think with the roach, it is going to make it hard for her to collect and work off her haunches. Our barefoot farrier asked if she was heavy on her fore because of the flair in her front hooves.
I actually got her to stand square today and she is not as camped under as she always makes herself out to be. I am starting to teach her roll backs so she can start to use that booty.
Hard to believe they are half siblings - they are built much differently, with her brother having a far more powerful conformation. I am not an expert on barrel racing, but I would think you would want a more powerful rear end than she will have...
Don't let it obsess you too much - I had a friend who paid a nice price for a filly that had a roach worse than that and she has been eventing her for 10 years with never a problem. I think you will be able to do all of the things you listed and even more with this cute mare.