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post #1 of 7 Old 10-14-2012, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Paint Mare Conformation/Pedigree Critique

5 yr. old grade Paint mare. 14.3 hh. Used for light trail/pleasure riding. In pasture condition at the moment. Would like your honest opinion on what you see;likes/dislikes,what you think of her,and what you know about her sire's pedigree.

I know she has some flaws,front knees for one. She was started pretty young,so wondering if that factored into it..Also,her feet were in terrible shape when I picked her up a few months ago,and they still need some work to get them back to where they should be.

Her dam was a grade Paint/QH,but her sire is here: Eternal Twist Lanc Paint
Curious about what anyone knows about her pedigree on that side..
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-14-2012, 07:14 PM
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She's a cutie! I'm such a sucker for paints I like her, she looks pretty well put together. She is a bit butt high from the looks of it. I love her head and butt! I'm not 100% on conformation, so maybe the others see something I don't. She is a beauty, your lucky to have her.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-14-2012, 09:24 PM
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Yes, you really have to look past her flashy color and pretty features to notice any conformation flaws lol
She has not a bad shoulder
Neck is set high and thin
Something is off with her front legs. Either she is slightly over at the knee or possibly buck-kneed, will need a 2nd opinion..
Front legs are spaced wide apart and i dont like the looks of the cracks in her front hooves. they also have quite a bit of slope to them, but maybe that could be fixed with different trims
Bum high, making it appear as though she is sway backed
I like her hindquarters
Hind legs are somewhat sickle-hocked

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Yes,we're still working on getting her feet back into better condition;they were horrible,very long,splayed,and cracked. Any suggestion on how to "fix" those front cracks? She had them when I got her,and I've never had to deal with something like that..I also think she still has too much slope,but they were so bad the farrier is cautious about taking off too much at a time.

She is a bit butt high,but her top line needs some serious look,so I'm thinking that might help with the sway back look a bit.

And yes! Her front legs,I just can't figure out what's going on there.I have been getting various opinions;some say she's bench kneed,others say no,some say she's over at the knee,but then someone will disagree. I can tell something's not quite right,but can't put my finger on what it is exactly..
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-15-2012, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone else?
I would really like to get some thoughts on what's up with those knees..
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-15-2012, 02:58 PM
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She is a little over at the knee and she has a longish back. Short pasterns and they are a bit upright in front (may be the reason the knees are a bit over).

Point of shoulder is low and the angle is quite closed.

She is a nice package actually. Unless she is lame, don't worry about being a bit over at the knee.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-16-2012, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your input,Elana! I know that you know what you're talking about,and it seems to be the general consensus on here,so I'm going to go with her being over at the knee as the reason they look a little off.. I was thinking that's probably what it was,just from looking at them from the side,also they don't really look bench kneed to me,as some where suggesting. But since I'm far from being an expert,I thought I'd get some opinions..And no,she's not lame;quite a nice little mover actually,when she's not being lazy. :)
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