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    01-21-2012, 01:35 AM
Question please critique my bella

I was told bella has extremely poor conformation. Which really saddens me. I was planning on breeding her when she got older, just so I would be able to carry on a piece of her when she dies. She is 8 years old, and I have raised her since she was 3 months old. I do not want to breed her if she has poor conformation... I love her dearly. I just thought I would be able to handle her loss [which is a long time from now hopefully] easier if I had a piece of her left over. I always thought she looked excellent.. I guess I am biased? Maybe I think she looks great because she's my girl, and I love her dearly. Either way, poor confo or not.. she will remain with me for the rest of her life. The girl in the pictures is someone I have paid to ride her for me. Bella hasnt been ridden in 4 years as I have been stationed in germany with my husband.. I couldnt bare to sell her, so I paid her board all this time.. along with $1200 for 6 months of riding for my bella. Is she really that bad confo wise?
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    01-21-2012, 02:20 AM
Bella looks like a very well cared for horse. She has a nice neck and very pretty head. Her knees are set a bit to high up but for what she is being used for, she looks fine to me. Very attractive horse.
    01-21-2012, 02:23 AM
Thank you waresbear. I appreciate the honesty. What do high knees mean? I know nothing about conformation.. bella was my first horse. Never really knew much before I got her. Will it be problematic when she is older?
    01-21-2012, 02:36 AM
I really like her. I see the high knees too. Maybe a lil long in the back as well. Her hooves look on the smaller side for her body but it might be the pics, they're kinda far away and hard to see her hooves. Not bad at all, I really like her!
    01-21-2012, 02:48 AM
Thanks for your response! Im glad you like her :) I think the short hooves may be due to the poor pictures I have of her. I think they are a tad bit long. She is due for a trimming in 2 weeks. But I could be wrong and they could possibly fit her body! This is why I joined this forum.. so I could learn. :)

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    01-21-2012, 02:52 AM
Ah ok I think it was the pics =) she's sooo cute she just looks so sweet.
    01-21-2012, 02:55 AM
Thank you! She is a great girl. Very temperamental.. but extremely sweet when she wants to be :) lol she is a very high strung horse. I have been told she makes riding a "heck of a good time" by the woman in the pictures.
    01-21-2012, 02:58 AM
She doesnt look high strung. She has a good cover!!! I think it's that adorable face =)
    01-21-2012, 03:04 AM
She has this thing she loveesss to do.. when you ask her to do something she doesnt feel like doing, she will back up as fast as she can and spin real quick. It is a pain in the butt lol we nearly broke a fence one day. I tried as hard as I could to get her to move forward, spurred her- whipped her.. the thing about bella is when you whip her, she just gets even more pi**ed off and acts out 2x as bad! Normally I would just let her back it out, then I would force her to keep on backing until she got sick of backing. But in some instances, it isnt possible to do that. She has backed into other horses. All over opening a gate. And you can clearly tell it isnt a "scared" back because her ears are not pinned forward and she isnt antsy. Her ears go straight back, her tail swishes and she just goes back. But 90% of the time, she is a sure footed and reliable trail mount. Not much spooks her. She just has her off days. :) thanks for the wonderful compliments on her! Makes me happy atleast a few people thing she isnt completely deformed. I always thought she was a pretty girl. That's why I named her bella. It is italian for pretty.
    01-21-2012, 03:30 AM
The bone from her knee to her fetlocks is long & thin, therefore more prone to injury, it's a long span, the longer the more vulnerable to a variety of problems. You want the knees to be lower so her forearm is the longer part as it more muscular and thicker, so you want the thick, strong part bearing the brunt. But for what you are using her for, I can't really see it being a major problem, she looks just fine to me.

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