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My mares conformation

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    12-18-2012, 11:43 PM
My mares conformation

This is Dakota, my 9 year old grade Qh/paint mare that I just trail ride with. I love her to death and she's my baby. I got her when she was a year old and I was only 13 and I honestly did not know anything about conformation at that time, looking back on it she was pretty sickle hocked but she's not as bad now. Just wondering what people's opinions are on her. Sorry that the one picture is a little blurry they were really the only side shots I had of her without tack.
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    12-19-2012, 08:38 AM
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She is long but she is made to look more so by the camera angle in the standing photo. She has good bone, slightly sickle hocks (but a different photo or seeing her in person might make me a liar on the hocks). Her shoulder is a bit steep and her point of shoulder is set low. She may be a bit downhill. Her neck is a bit base thick.

This horse would benefit a lot from trotting up hills in a frame similar to the photo of her walking. See how lowering her head actually tightens her abdominal muscles a little and raises her back?

She is a nice horse. I gave my critique of her conformation but she looks a very useful type that would benefit from a little less weight and a good bit more work.
    12-19-2012, 11:46 AM
I totally agree! That's what I worked on before it snowed here, lots and lots of trotting, and I lunged her in one of our ditches that's not too steep but a nice little incline.
    12-21-2012, 11:46 AM
-Decent Neck
-Neck ties in to the shoulder Low
-Straighter shoulder
-Slightly longer back
-Decent Hip
-Slightly Sickle Hocked
-A tad slightly higher set hocks
-Shorter pasterns
-Good Bone

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