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post #11 of 14 Old 03-20-2013, 02:13 AM
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I agree with most of what you have said Elana. She definitely wouldn't make a high end dressage horse for trouble getting her hindquarters under her but she would probably sit pretty enough to get around low level stuff.

One thing I am finding interesting is how different peoples perception is on conformation and what is right and wrong. For example, you consider this mare as being light in the bone and yet here in Australia it's become quite common for people to breed 'lighter bone, longer legs' on horses to increase 'prettiness' if thats a word in the show horse ring. If a horse measures over 8 inches of bone it goes in the hunter ring as its to 'heavy' for the show horse/hack ring. This mares bone wouldn't only be considered seen in the hack ring but considered normal. I guess it really comes down to the end result of what you plan to do with the horse and what breed it is to know what is truely a fault and what is just a different type.

Anyway, that's way off the hind end structure on this mare. Just something I have enjoyed noticing and proving that beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
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Totally true Lokenzo, things like light bones are certainly relative. If she was a warmblood then the criticism would be correct, however, as an akhal teke, she actually has quite acceptable bone.

She has a relatively short back for the breed as well.

As far as the ability to collect and use the rear end, one factor that is overlooked with akhal tekes is their surprisingly flexible spine. They are very much like a cat in that respect and even though they "appear" to have a conformation that should defy collection, they are generally very balanced under saddle and light on the forehand precisely because they are able to get their hind end underneath themselves.

I am not a dressage rider, but when I started this mare, I trained with a former student of the great portuguese master, Nuno Oliveira. She was ecstatic over this mare, and particularly her rear end. She felt she could be "brillisimo" and gushed over what Oliveira could have done with her. So apparently looks can be deceiving. This is a common misconception that the akhal teke can not use it's hind end based on common beliefs about "proper" conformation. ;)
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-20-2013, 08:42 AM
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Thanks for the info :) I have never seen an akhal teke as we don't really have them here in Australia but it is certainly interesting learning about other breeds.

My own mare (in my avatar) is a show horse and she has what most on here would consider to be light in the bone yet at the shows they all love her 'long legs.' It is also interesting to note in other threads people say 'nice short pasterns' yet I don't want short pasterns as it can make for a more 'jarring' ride. In saying that I don't like them too long either but do like them to have a little length.

As a show horse and english breed judge I love discussing conformation especially between the different breeds as I am always learning so much.
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I first looked at this horse and thought she was an Akhal Teke.. but was not sure since I had no idea what part of the world she was posted from. I also thought maybe she was a light boned Thoroughbred.

Yes, for the breed she has acceptable bone.

However, I look at horses from the point of view of "how many years of daily hard work can this horse take and stand up? Will she be sound and working at age 20?"

I know Arabians, with light bone (I am NOT a fan of the breed at ALL) often do exactly that.. work into their 20's and do so soundly. There are Thoroughbreds that are the same way (and I love a good Thoroughbred.. but I still want good bone!).

My point is that with some horses and some breeds, the light bone is not so much an issue.. and it may be tied to the way the horse is used.
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