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post #1 of 20 Old 12-29-2011, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Mustang Conformation

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Please see the attached photos of my beautiful curly mustang. As he is a mustang he was not 'bred' for any specific discipline however I do basic dressage with him and lots of trails - which he loves!! I don't know his breed composition but am currently in the process of getting him DNA tested but am guessing there is a draft horse in their somewhere! He is between 12-16 years old and is very green - he has had limited use under saddle throughout his life but I'm working on that and he's just recently started to get some muscle on his top line recently - although these photos are older. Anyway if you could critique his conformation I would be most grateful. Thanks!
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-29-2011, 10:59 PM
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Nice horse. He's steep through the shoulder, functionally downhill, and a little lacking in muscle/bulk on the topline behind the withers. Mildly calf-kneed, too, or looks it. But overall I like him.
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This is a very attractive horse! I love his shoulder, his legs, his back, I really like all of this horse. Thank you for posting.
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post #4 of 20 Old 12-29-2011, 11:01 PM
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Very upright, bulky shoulders. Is he slightly toed in? I don't like the angles of his feet. He is gorgeous though, I love his mane.
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post #5 of 20 Old 12-29-2011, 11:05 PM
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Do his mane and tail naturally curl like that?

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post #6 of 20 Old 12-29-2011, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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His steep shoulder probably comes from his draft horse roots and I guess he also has a bit of quarter horse in him too which might account for the downhill part. His forehand doesn't feel too heavy when you ride him though...
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-29-2011, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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curly

He's a curly horse so his mane and tail are naturally curly plus his winter coat is like crushed velvet...
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post #8 of 20 Old 12-29-2011, 11:23 PM
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That's why I love this horse, he's a curly!!!! Quiet, dependable, rarely break down people type horses.
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-29-2011, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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He does 'toe in' and I knew that when I bought him as the vet pointed out at the vet check. He wasn't an expensive horse and I'm not planning on competing him so it's not a problem. He has a great personality and is fantastic on the trail..
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post #10 of 20 Old 12-29-2011, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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BTW working on the muscle thing - this is a photo of when I bought him... there is an improvement!!! - I think
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