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post #1 of 9 Old 11-03-2012, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Please critique my 11 yr old Pinto mare

Hey everyone,

I am new to this forum. I have an 11 year old Pinto mare (breeding stock) and I've never really had anyone critique her conformation before. She is incredibly fat in these pictures. She is an easy keeper and didn't get much exercise this summer, and with excessive rain, the grass was very lush. However, I've slimmed her down a little since then. I'm also aware of some of her leg faults - her hocks turn in a little and her left front leg turns out a little. Aside from that, does she have any other faults or good points? I'm just curious. Thanks everyone!

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She's standing a little funny in this one.

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-03-2012, 11:24 PM
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I think she looks glowingly healthy and gorgeous! She could use some muscling up but really, she's a good lookin' poneh!

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Thank you! She's part-Arab, so she doesn't muscle up too much. However, she's pretty flabby here - a little more muscle and less fat would be good!
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I thought I saw a touch of the Arab brush in there, lOL! No wonder I like her.
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Arabs are my favorite too. I love the spunky personalities. :)
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She is back at the knee in the left front and has a lowish set to her neck. Shoulder is steep and the point of shoulder lays low and is not very open.. with the humerus laying quite flat. She is light in bone. She has a nice wide chest and her tipline is smooth (some of that may be due to her being overweight).

That being said, she is over all a balanced horse with no one part of her not looking like it belongs. This, IMO, is very important when developing a horse for any various riding discipline.

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Wow she looks very healthy! And shiny!
Things I like about her conformation:
She is built nice and level. (Not uphill or doenhill in build)
She's got a nice topline like said above (ever consider western pleasure showing?)
Very well balanced, I'd say. Her chest is broad, but her hindquarters are too, so she looks nice :)
She's got nice legs. I don't see her as back at the knee like someone said above.
Things I Don't like;
Neck ties in low to the shoulder
Upright shoulders, which could lead to choppy gaits.
Long pasterns (but not long enough that I see you having problems)
I'm going to be honest, she's fat! I'm sure if she lost a few pounds shed be even more attractive than she already is!
Overall, I like her and she should be a sturdy horse to ride :)

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Thanks everyone! I appreciate the feedback, both good and bad. Yes, in those pictures, she is very fat. She's lost a few pounds since then, I just didn't have a chance to give her the exercise she needed this summer - and she's an easy keeper, the exercise stops and its like almost overnight weight gain.
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I should probably also mention that in these photos, she was recovering from a very bad hoof abscess on her left front - she was favoring so badly that the vet actually thought she might have fractured her cannon bone, luckily, x-rays revealed no broken bones. Even though she was pretty much healed in these pictures, she might have still been favoring the left front which is maybe why she appears to be back at the knee on that leg, although, I'm really not sure if that would have anything to do with it.
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