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post #1 of 20 Old 05-01-2013, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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My new Thoroughbred - Conformation Critique Please

This is Hammett Commitment, my new 16 hand, 7 year old Thoroughbred mare. She is a total love bug. Race trained but never raced due to body soreness as a youngster. She was owned buy a very nice lady for the past couple of years who grew to no longer have time for her. I went to see her and ride her and fell in love. She also has a nice pedigree, which you can see here:
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I know she has an ewe-neck and is a little tied in below the knees. I want to use her for dressage.
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post #2 of 20 Old 05-01-2013, 11:16 AM
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She has a very big shoulder which is set at a slightly upright angle but not too bad
Very deep through the chest
Neck set is nice, though as you said it is ewed
And again as you said, tied in at the knee, though just a tad
High in the wither but that is common of the breed
Nice length of back
Short slope to her croup
Hard to really give an honest opinion about her back legs. In one photo they appear quite posty and in another they appear more correct...

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post #3 of 20 Old 05-01-2013, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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I'll try to get more pics of her tonight

Thank you for your critique!
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post #4 of 20 Old 05-01-2013, 05:24 PM
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I don't see why you can't do low level dressage stuff with her...but her neck WILL need a TON of work...it's upside down. I would like to see a LOT more bone in those cannons.
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post #5 of 20 Old 05-02-2013, 01:49 PM
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Light in bone.. and that neck.. is too short AND upside down. I almost wonder if there is not something genetically structural there that is not going to be fixed. A bit light in bone and camped out in front (which is an unusual flaw). Knees and hocks are quite high too.

Forgot to add that even thos she is not the best horse she is good weight and clearly very well cared for.
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^ agree!!! That neck is simply attached the wrong way.
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post #7 of 20 Old 05-02-2013, 10:21 PM
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She certainly is a beauty! Like a bright shiny copper penny. I think her neck can be greatly improved with proper work but perhaps never going to be a cresty dressage horse type neck, but not many tb's end up with that anyway. I think with a good farrier you can improve on her front legs, I think her toes are long and you can back them up a bit to improve the pastern angle and appearance of beign camped out in front. Others have critiqued the rest, more muscle on the booty would help her look more balanced. Overall she's just gorgeous with a kind eye and beautiful glow. Congrats!
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post #8 of 20 Old 05-02-2013, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your critiques. I'm going to have her trimmed soon. I just got her this past Sunday. She just got all of her shots today and is getting her teeth floated next week.
While she is obviously ewe necked I do agree with chopsticks that a lot of improvement can be made. I don't think her neck is that short, but rather the ewe neck muscling makes it appear shorter.

I do love a good horsey makeover, so will update you in a few months with new pictures. Here is one more pic of her tonight.
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Sorry for the upside down pic I hope this one works
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Ok well my phone is being difficult so... Lol
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