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Please Critique My Mare and Gelding

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    08-21-2012, 02:46 AM
Please Critique My Mare and Gelding

I have two rescue horse's that I took in 3 years ago, and the geldings just been sitting in pasture, he's 17 now, and was a stallion when I got him, but I was wondering what he is conformation is like, im not very good with conformation so I was hoping someone could help me. He's still gaining weight from being starved but I think if he started to work more and would gain more muscle that he would start to look better also. He weights about 1,100 right now but that vet said he should be between 1,200 and 1,300. 15.3 hh. The pictures might not be the best.

My mare gets ridden often, either in arena or on trails, 5 years old and 15.0 hh weight 1,000, I wanted to start barrel racing with her but didnt get any response on the other thread so I thought maybe she wasnt built right, so just a critique on her would be nice, she's a rescue also, I would like to get these to doing something instead of just sitting in pasture and being ridden on trails. She loves to run, and is pretty fast, but also likes herding goats around.

Please help. It would mean a lot to me.
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    08-21-2012, 03:58 AM
The gelding looks over at the knee and he is standing camped out. Not sure if it's just that picture of he stands like that all the time. Upright pasterns in the back, but that could be the way he is standing. Do you have a better photo of him? Long back and I see a short neck too. Again, the photo isn't too great for confo. And it's small so I could be wrong. The mare is butt high, sickle hocked, upright pasterns, cow hocked, short neck, her legs look very fine boned as well. Couple cuties you got there =)
    08-21-2012, 04:46 AM
Yes to all above and he has a weak loin area. Good for you for rescuing them.
    08-21-2012, 10:03 AM
Green Broke
Not good photos for conformation critique. I could knock the gelding.. but the camera angle is just about the most unflattering one you could use.. so I won't knock him other than to say he looks like he needs more groceries or more muscling.. his neck looks almost atrophied and his hind quarters exhibit very prominent "poor" lines.

The mare is much nicer. Again.. better photos would be good. She appears camped under and maybe back at the knee but appears to have a nice strong top line.

It never hurts to start a horse in something (like barrels) and see where it goes. Barrels is not just speed.. it is training a horse to extend and collect and change leads at speed. Start training the basics.. transitions, serpentines and circles and getting the horse to use herself (or himself). Lots of trotting up hills.. and learning to use her ring of muscles to collect and extend and smoothly transition DOWN as well as UP between gaits. When you get that flat work going well for you, try to start her in barrel training. She may not make a top horse (but she may). You will never know if you don't try and think about all you will learn.
    08-21-2012, 11:47 AM
PurpleMonkeyWrench-I know the photos arent the best he don't usually stand like that, i'll see if I can get a better photo of both them, it was hot and miserable that day and he was like "Ohh noo, I don't want my picture taken, not again", and thanks I get some may compliments on their coloring, and thanks for replying, i'll see if I can get a better picture.

Mochachino- thanks for replying, they we're my first rescue, and i've became addictive to rescuing and rehoming. But I feel in love with these two and their filly and just had to keep them.

Elana- I know the photos arent the best but it was the only one I had of him from the side I will try to get another picture of him and hopefully it will be better i'm ot the best at taking pictures, yeah he is in need of extra groceries still, but is slowly making it to his perfect weight, he needs alot of muscle, im having a hard time getting muscle on him and his 3 yr old daughter.
Gypsy (Paint) love to run and she gets excited when she sees the barrels, i've trotted her around them and walked around them and she really enjoys it, I just didnt know if her not having the correct conformation for it would hurt her or not, because I love her dearly don't want her to get hurt.
    08-21-2012, 04:41 PM
Green Broke
Lay the foundation and she will be fit enough and balanced enough to at least try the work.

W/o the foundation (which you lay far from the barrels riding hills and doing flat work) she is way more likely to get hurt. Any horse would be, regardless of conformation!

The foundation teaches them to move in a balanced and responsive manner and they can more readily do any job you ask with less stress.
    08-21-2012, 07:16 PM
Okay so just doing like normal trail riding except up and down more hills, like steep hills or mid sized hills ? Also I don't know if anyone could help with this or not but I'm having a hard time getting her to collect, and tips on how too would be great? She's the first horse I ever trained by myself, i've helped my mother train horses before so I wasn't totally inexperienced about it. She W/T/C does roll backs, backs, gives to leg pressure a little bit still working on it, she moves off nicely, not a lazy horse, loves to work. How would I get more muscle on her back? I have more photos of them I will upload tonight.

Thanks for replying.
    08-21-2012, 11:43 PM
Gelding New Photos

New Photos:
I'm not sure if these are any better but I took several different ones of both them.

I know their not the best, but their the only other pictures I have of him.
The ground is pretty level where I took these pictures, but I was by myself and didnt have anywhere to tie him, they pick the best places to be when your by yourself clear end of their 30 acre pasture.
    08-21-2012, 11:53 PM
Mare New Photos

I know these ones arent the best either, but just your best opinion is all im asking, Her back legs when she's squared and on level ground are more like photo number 1.

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