Originally Posted by LikeIke17
Could you explain camped out please?
Notice how her hind legs are spread far apart while standing? That's camped out.
I thought camped out meant that a horse's cannons and fetlocks were stretched back behind the horse's hip. Like this:
Hind legs being splayed outward would be base-wide, and the OP said that this mare doesn't usually stand like that. I don't think she's base-wide at all, but I do think she's camped out just a little bit, which probably has some relation to her being a tad sickle hocked as well.
I'm still an amateur at equine conformation, but here's what I'm seeing. First the weak points, and then the strong ones ;)
-She has a bit of a ewe neck, with excessive muscling on the underside.
-The shoulder is pretty straight.
-It's hard to tell with the pictures, but she might be slightly toed in on the forelegs.
-The back looks like it's under muscled, and the loins especially are weak.
-The hind legs are slightly camped out.
-The hind legs are slightly sickle hocked (the angle of the hock joint is too small).
-The back pasterns are a bit straight.
From what I have learned so far, I think this mare will find it difficult to get under herself and collect. She could probably benefit immensely from exercises to strengthen her back (hill work and what not). Her legs probably don't absorb much shock, so her ride might be a little bumpy ( I think? Maybe? Don't quote me on this). If she is indeed toed in on the front legs, I would walk her on a flat, level surface to see if she lands on one part of the hoof first before the rest. If she does, try to find a trimmer/farrier that can help to give a more balanced trim to avoid potential unsoundness problems from twisting as she lands.
Now, her strong points:
-She has a deep pelvis angle that allows for lots of muscle. I don't know at which point a deep pelvis becomes a too-deep pelvis, but her's looks pretty average and functional to me. You might want to read about it here: Feature articles and warmblood articles - the New Zealand Warmblood Horse Breeders Association
-It's hard to be sure from the pictures, but it looks like she has good, flat knees. That's very important for jumping.
-She has a deep heart girth. That means that she has ample room for big lungs and heart and should have good endurance.
-She is neither downhill nor uphill (I'm not sure what you'd call a horse like that?) This is very good. Many horses are downhill and struggle to get off the forehand because of it. She might still have difficulty getting under herself, but her weight won't be automatically thrown onto her forehand.
-Her back is a good length, I think. That in combination with the above should help to even out her tendencies to have difficulty getting under herself.
-Her withers aren't long, but they're still substantial. That will make fitting a saddle easier.
-Her neck is a good length for the rest of her body and over all she has a well balanced appearance.
I love, love, love her color! She looks like a sweet heart. Please take what I've said with a grain or two of salt; I'm still learning about this myself. :p