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post #1 of 15 Old 12-27-2011, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Alright- so I'm not much of a conformation expert, but I've got the 'guide' printed out and saved so I am learning, but I'd like some of your guys' 'expert opinions' on this mare. She's a four year old anglo-arab, if that makes any difference.
There isn't much I noticed about her legs, save for the fact that she looks slightly tied in and the awkward slope on her rump. What concerns me the most is her wither it looks a bit... wonky and I'm wondering if it's an indication she'll grow anymore or if it's just a conformation flaw, and how that would affect saddling and riding. I'd just like an overall critique before I consider going to look at her! I'd like to use her for Hunter / Jumper or perhaps eventing, perhaps not Hunter if the 'arab' jumping technique holds true. There's also a link to a free jumping video HERE



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post #2 of 15 Old 12-27-2011, 04:52 PM
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she has a high promient with, some people prefer this in there horses, i would take this over bum high, it is not nesisarily(relly bad sp sorry!) a flaw just what you like better. she does have steep croup but that olso os something that some people like, i know i do i ride work horses and speed event horses, like barrels and such also some reining and i like a low set tail with a steeper croup.
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She just has a very pronounced wither. But I love the uphill build for what you want to do with her. My sister had an Anglo-Arab that she evented for many years. This gelding was THE BEST eventer she ever had. He had the most flexibility and incredible tuck over fences. She competed with all the big guys like Denny Emerson etc. They would come and watch her stadium round just to watch him tuck. And here's a pic:



He was a little horse with a TON of heart. She won a lot with him.
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I'm no jumper, nor an expert on critique. What info can you give on her? Age, experience etc?

I like the fact she obviously enjoys her jumping, she's not having to be chased the whole way round.

I say experience as she misjudges the last jump a bit...
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She's only four- has free jumped to around four feet 'with scope to spare' (although that's a common phrase when selling) and has only been jumped with a rider to around two feet (not that I mind, considering she's so young). Her seller says she can be a bit 'pushy' under saddle- but she also says she hasn't had much time to work with her as she's overloaded with horses. To me she looks quite willing to work, and at least likes what she does. I think she looks like she has a lot of potential, anyway...

Gota... that is a spectacular tuck, VERY adorable horse!
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She's only four- has free jumped to around four feet 'with scope to spare' (although that's a common phrase when selling) and has only been jumped with a rider to around two feet (not that I mind, considering she's so young). Her seller says she can be a bit 'pushy' under saddle- but she also says she hasn't had much time to work with her as she's overloaded with horses. To me she looks quite willing to work, and at least likes what she does. I think she looks like she has a lot of potential, anyway...

Gota... that is a spectacular tuck, VERY adorable horse!
And the more time she gets under saddle and in a program, she will get less pushy. I quite like her and think she's definitely looking into.
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She is a beautiful girl! How many hands is she?
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I believe she's 14.3hh, to be 15hh, I just talked to my coach about it and she really likes her too, so I think I'm going to set up a time to try her out. They're asking $800 for her which is pretty great in my area (honest, at least).
My coach did say though that since she's only four and will continue to grow a bit (Arab breed) that she'd leave her to work on the flat until summer and then re-start her over fences. Thoughts?
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she is a little sickle hocked and short necked but other than that I have to say i really like her. i have seen seriously conformationally challenged horses do well if they have the heart for it. i haven't watched the video because I'm on my phone but my Anglo has more faults than her and was a b grade eventer in his day.
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Love the video, I laughed at her over the second one though. I agree with your trainer. Young as she is, it's probably best to get her solid under saddle and listening well before adding the excitement of fences. Letting her practice not listening properly on a course for want of training only sets up the habit to continue her entire life, and the last thing you want as an end product for your own mount is a horse that runs around the course with little regard for their rider.
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