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post #41 of 50 Old 03-21-2014, 12:13 AM
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Aww precious face. She looks like a sweety. <3
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post #42 of 50 Old 03-21-2014, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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post #43 of 50 Old 06-03-2014, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Got some new conformation pictures of Colly.

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post #44 of 50 Old 06-05-2014, 05:55 PM
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post #45 of 50 Old 06-08-2014, 01:02 PM
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To be completely honest (as any critique should be), she's a bit of a conformational train wreck. I would have never even considered breeding her, however what's done is done. I can only hope that the foal takes more after the sire and that you don't breed her again after this.

Although most of this has been stated before (and I'm just looking at the most recently added pictures), she has a very long, weak back with high withers, a very upright croup, short hip, extremely upright shoulder, a short, unshaped neck, and a very unfeminine/unrefined head. She is also downhill, slightly back at the knee, camped out, and would be sickle hocked if her hocks were under her properly.
I'll stop there, but I still didn't touch on everything.

Based on her appearance, she really doesn't have any strong points besides her color, which should never be a reason to breed.
I'm not a believer in breeding BLM mustangs (although there ARE some very nice ones out there if you insist on doing it). IMO, the point is to save a horse that would otherwise be facing the rest of it's life in a long-term holding facility, not to breed them and produce unregistered, unwanted babies.
While there is a market for branded mustangs, there is no market for a "mustang cross". Simply none. Mustang/QHs go for absolutely dirt cheap around here- and that's saying something, because horse prices in AZ are currently outrageous.

I do hope that you don't become sad or upset about what I have said, as those were not my intentions at all. Instead, I hope learn from it.
Long lists of serious faults were pointed out on your mare, and yet you still went right along and bred her, which is a bit disappointing (seeing as you had the perfect opportunity to use better judgment and not go through with it.) Although I wish you would have taken all of it into serious consideration before it was too late, there's nothing anyone can do about it at this point.
All of that said, I truly wish you luck with your mare and for the future of this foal.

There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing. ~ Will Rogers

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post #46 of 50 Old 06-08-2014, 01:13 PM
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I'm rubbish at confo critiques...

But I thought I'd post none the less x.x
She's cute... What discipline do you use her for?

I'm under the impression (from the post above) that you've already bred her... I'm curious as to what your plans for the foal are?

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post #47 of 50 Old 06-08-2014, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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I use Colly as a trail horse, 4-h HUS and Hunter Hack pony and the foal will be her replacement as my trail horse and all around personal horse. Annalover no I don't take offense as I just stated the foal will always have a home. I also just want to state I did not get her from the BLM. There is more than her color that made me breed her. While I realize she has conformational flaws she has a very easy disposition and an extremely calm non-spooky very trainable mind..which to me is just as important as confo, but IMHO I would rather have a horse with a few conformational flaws and a great disposition and temperament than a horse with wonderful conformation and a terrible nasty attitude.
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I just hope the resulting foal has conformation that will stand up to being ridden .

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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I use Colly as a trail horse, 4-h HUS and Hunter Hack pony and the foal will be her replacement as my trail horse and all around personal horse. Annalover no I don't take offense as I just stated the foal will always have a home. I also just want to state I did not get her from the BLM. There is more than her color that made me breed her. While I realize she has conformational flaws she has a very easy disposition and an extremely calm non-spooky very trainable mind..which to me is just as important as confo, but IMHO I would rather have a horse with a few conformational flaws and a great disposition and temperament than a horse with wonderful conformation and a terrible nasty attitude.
IMO the only horses that should be purposefully bred are the ones with a great disposition and wonderful conformation. There's plenty of them out there and it's worth being picky.. there's no use in breeding mediocre horses.

I do hope that you're able to keep the baby for it's whole life, because an unregistered and poorly conformed horse is much more likely to have an uncertain future than a papered, usable, well put together one.

A very important thing to keep in mind when breeding is to produce a horse that will have the best opportunities in life- should you be unable to keep it due to unforeseeable circumstances (which happens more often than people want to admit, even when they had bred to keep the foal "forever").

Again, what's done is done, but I just hope that you don't plan on breeding her again. You could do much better by going out and buying a quality foal that's either in-utero or already on the ground (if not an already broke horse).
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post #50 of 50 Old 06-08-2014, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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no I do not plan on breeding her again. I had only planned on breeding her once and now that she is bred she will never be so again. And as for the baby if something does happen I already have two homes that would want it. I have backup plans for all my animals written into a will. I'm not impulsive when it comes to my animals and I thought a lot about it before deciding to breed Colly. I talked to friends, my vet, the stallion owner, went to see the stallion, talked to the stallion owners vet, planned out financially (including emergency funds)... I also researched a lot about what could happen and I am aware a lot of things can go wrong. While I can hope they don't if they do I know it was for a reason and I did everything I could.
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