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    12-20-2012, 12:36 PM
Mustang Critique

I love following the conformation critiques. I found this pic of a mustang gelding, listed at 15hh. He seems short and stocky. Is this typical for mustangs? Just curious about what you all think. I personally think he's a nice looking fellow.
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    12-20-2012, 03:31 PM
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He badly needs a hoof trim, his fronts are starting to slipper and his heels are underrun.

Butt high, too-short neck IMO, post legged, and his back pasterns are upright but I have a feeling that is because of his trim-job. Hard to tell with the shadow but I think his right rear might be clubbed?

Otherwise, I like him. He has good bone, a cute, drafty head, a decent shoulder (though its hard to tell) and a decently lengthed back.

I'd say its not typical for a mustang to look like this, but its not really typical for a mustang to look like anything! They're such a mixed type that some tend to look like drafts, some may look closer to their hot blooded cousins, and some just look like what they are. Mixed scrub horses. Almost all of them are very hardy and people pleasers though, and that's what counts! His coloring is quite lovely too.
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    12-20-2012, 07:59 PM
He looks like draft cross! If you hadn't said mustang, I'd have guessed he was half Gypsy Vanner!
    12-20-2012, 09:38 PM
Very cute =] I think he's pretty. All I can think of is that his back looks perfect for bareback, haha.
    12-20-2012, 09:54 PM
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Is he BLM? Some areas , particularly in Oregon, have mustangs with a fair amount of draft in them . The government let loose some draft studs, way back around WWI , I think, so that folks could catch the mustangs and make them into good farm horses.

His neck is really short. But, he looks sturdy and probably a great trail horse.
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    12-20-2012, 10:11 PM
I think he is a cutie. Good thing he is not near me. But, these are the kinds of horses I love, no matter the conformation, the stocky and short ones. Looks a lot like Snickers did last year when I got her at two, with the butt in the air. Wondering how old he is? I love his color too. But if you want a REAL conformation critique, listen to the experts, not me.

Tiny....don't tell me that bit of info about BLM's having a lot of draft in tempting for me!
    12-20-2012, 10:19 PM
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I have a soft spot for the big guys, too!
    12-21-2012, 09:13 AM
What a handy looking little boy. Apart from his feet, the only thing I'd like to see is a little longer neck and a little less steep croup.

    12-21-2012, 11:43 AM
Yeah, mustangs come in all different shapes. I think 15 hands is not considered short for a 'stang. Many of them are under that, though there's always the 17 hand exception.

I like him. From this photo his back looks nice and short and he's sturdy looking. I'm fond of sturdy mutt types. I bet he'd make a nice trail horse, or even do well in lower level competitions. I'd like to see more pictures after he's had a few decent trims.

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