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post #1 of 15 Old 05-11-2012, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Please critique my appaloosa mare

She is a 10 year old rescue mare that I got last fall. She has a wonderful sweet personality. The only thing I really know about her is that she was previously used as a broodmare and she is not trained to ride. I know very little about conformation but something in her hind end does not look right -- not sure if it's just lack of muscle from not being worked or if this is just her shape? Any critique you could give me on her conformation would be greatly appreciated -- she is not going to be used for breeding just as a trail horse.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-11-2012, 11:46 PM
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Well her butt looks like it belongs to a completely different horse but for trail she looks like she will hold up just fine. She has quite the cute face :) also some muscling might make her butt look better as it does look lacking.
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I have seen this type of appy before, and they hold up ok. But in her case, to me it looks like her pelvis has rotated forward from the pregnancies and no abdominal conditioning. The angle of her pelvis is very flat, with her tail on top. Otherwise, her hind legs are well formed as are her front.
if you fed her well and worked her up hill and over some groun poles and such, she should do just fine.
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Except for that very strange rear assembly, she looks like a really nice girl, with no glaring faults. Are you sure she isn't bred?

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i love her! what a kind sweet expression, she's beautiful. i agree with tiny, her pelvis looks a little cockeyed, combined with her longer back and huge belly. but once you get her fitted up and going, I think she will be to die for. Congrats!
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thanks so much everyone for your comments -- I agree her behind looks like it belongs to a different horse..lol.. I am hopeful now that with lots of exercise we can get her into shape -- when you say her 'pelvis' where is that? Is it the top of her behind infront of her tail?
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Except for that very strange rear assembly, she looks like a really nice girl, with no glaring faults. Are you sure she isn't bred?

Lizzie
^^ I was wondering the same thing. If she's not, then she's got worms or quite the hay belly!

She looks very cute though. The high set tail with sloping croup can look a little bit funny, but I think it just adds to her character
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My mare was an ex broodmare, and when I first had her she looked similar - huge belly, no muscle, all out of proportion. But in time that will all change.

My only piece of advice, based on my own experience, is to remember that her muscles have NEVER been fit, so your bringing into work programme must take things really slowly. At her age, after doing nothing other than slouch around fields, get a big belly, and give birth, she will find it challenging to get fit.

But it's possible! And rewarding. In my limited experience, a broodmare will always look after you, and always take the sensible option.

Enjoy her

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^^ I was wondering the same thing. If she's not, then she's got worms or quite the hay belly!

She looks very cute though. The high set tail with sloping croup can look a little bit funny, but I think it just adds to her character
I forgot to say she has had a vet check and is not pregnant or wormy - does hay belly mean she is getting too much hay? We are feeding her the amount that was recommended by the vet and she is not getting grain as she is not working. Or will the hay belly go down with exercise? Thank you for all the comments we love her very much and yes she has great character and personality :)
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My mare was an ex broodmare, and when I first had her she looked similar - huge belly, no muscle, all out of proportion. But in time that will all change.

My only piece of advice, based on my own experience, is to remember that her muscles have NEVER been fit, so your bringing into work programme must take things really slowly. At her age, after doing nothing other than slouch around fields, get a big belly, and give birth, she will find it challenging to get fit.

But it's possible! And rewarding. In my limited experience, a broodmare will always look after you, and always take the sensible option.

Enjoy her
YAY!! there is hope :) We are going to take it very slowly with her I have just started working her twice a week walk trot on the lunge line. Do you have any pictures of your mare for inspiration? We really do enjoy her she is very smart and sensible -- she is a mother hen she absolutely adores my little girl who is 6 she will spend hours brushing and petting her :)
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