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post #1 of 13 Old 06-04-2012, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Please Critique my 8yr old Oldenburg mare

Would love to hear what the experts have to say

she is perfect to me, I could not of asked for a better horse, she is competitive and is a powerhouse when I ask but if I bring out my toddler she stands like a stone and let's him love on her and plods along like a 20 yr old school horse for him to sit on her back

Tess is my 8 year old Oldenburg mare, who I got as a coming three year old and other then a little help from the ground in the beginning I have started/trained her myself.

I did most of my training English (working towards hunter/jumper) but life got in the way and just starting to get back in the last year, but am also training her to do Western, extreme cowboy for the challenge and fun of course

The last couple years bc of a human baby she lost her feminine figure and lost her top line but I have been working really hard since winter to get her back in shape, that being said she only gets worked 2-max 4 times a week, so was a touch slow at first.

I apologize that I only got one side view and the back pic didn't turn out so only front also a video of her moving. Please excuse the fact I disappear for short periods of time, I just placed camera on fence post

Just a couple cuz she is my pretty girl

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-04-2012, 10:02 PM
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I am no good at critique, but I gotta say I like her, something about her is very appealing.
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-04-2012, 10:14 PM
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She's lovely. The only thing about the riding is to do more work on a circle, less on the long side. But, honestly, I feel it's unfair for me to offer any critique as I am not any kind of champ rider .
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Thanks guys,

Yes normally I do much more circle and lateral work, just did the long side a bunch because I knew it would be in the video frame
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Such a pretty mare. A really nice feminine face. Nice angles in her hind end and looks like she has nice sturdy feet. The only thing is (And it might just be the picture) she's pretty long-backed. Nice shoulder angle too.
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Thanks I think it is the angle (I was thinking that to as I examined the picture she is at a angle with a slight bend in her neck) to get an idea she is approx 16.2hh and fits a 76" blanket haha I always thought of her as short backed as my TB before her was no taller then 16hh and was a 80-82" blanket and but also didn't look long backed
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Beautiful feminine looking horse. No faults I can see, only a very athletic, gorgeous horse.
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post #8 of 13 Old 06-05-2012, 01:17 AM
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Lovely girl(:

She is VERY over at the knee. Beyond that, she has the signature huge warmblood ears, but a pretty face. Her neck is quite short, but she has a clean throatlatch. She has a good angle to her shoulder and pasterns, but her pasterns are a bit on the long side. She has a deep heartgirth and a good depth of barrel, but is tied up in the flanks a bit. She has a short, flat croup. She is post-legged, as well. Her front legs are set very nicely!

She's really pretty! :) My computer has issues with videos, but I love her!!
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post #9 of 13 Old 06-05-2012, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks makeyourmark, can you explain why you think she is so over the knee? I don't know the expression all that well so just wondering if you could explain I wonder as well as I have heard that as a serious fault involving Possible lameness and it was never discussed or shown during her vet pre-purchase, as a weedy coming three yr old
Although not a good confo shot here is a picture of her from when I first got her
Haha don't mind all the winter fuzzier baby belly and leg "feathers"

Thanks again

Forgot to add that I think the pic has a funny angle and her neck is slightly turned as although am no expert lol I have always loved her neck and thought it long but does look super short here lol I wish now after staring at the photo for probably far to long and over analyzing it that I need a redo on the confo pic attempt silly me thinking I could get it right the first time haha

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post #10 of 13 Old 06-05-2012, 02:00 AM
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Over at the knee, also sometimes referred to as "buck-kneed" is a conformation fault, not a lameness issue. She is, quite simply, over at the knee.

I found a little chart for you. It's not the best, but you can see here what it means.

And I love your girl(: Looking again, I think that the neck might've been just lifted oddly, but I can't be sure. Another picture might clear that up.

All warmbloods are just hideous as youngsters! Ugly beasts! But they sure do turn out nice!

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