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    08-24-2012, 04:32 PM
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Still Butt-High? (New, hopefully useful pictures!)

One more time! I wasn't sure about the etiquette, so I've created a new thread with the new pics....


Is my BFF Playday still butt-high? She had a growth spurt this Spring, and I'm hoping she evened out (a little?).

Also, if you have any other thoughts about her conformation, I'd love to hear it! It may help to know that she's 4 years old, an OTT Standardbred, and I lease her. We're working with a Dressage trainer (I know her confirmation is not ideal) to return my seat from sloppy-land, teach her how to be balanced/straight/use her back end, and go from there. So far, so good! She's got a really lovely trot (no surprise) and her canter is nice too....when she gets under herself.


Thanks in advance!
     
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    08-24-2012, 08:06 PM
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Green Broke
To answer your question, Yes, she is still butt high.

I won't critique the rest of her.. as I find so many faults and unless you ask, I will not list them.

I like her color and she looks a good disposition.
     
    08-24-2012, 08:08 PM
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Green Broke
In all the photos except for the last one she appears butt high, yes.
As for the rest of her confo, she's got a nice shoulder
Neck needs muscle and her head appears large
Front legs look decent. Nothing glaringly wrong
Back is long and she is sickle-hocked to a degree, which I have noticed alot in Standardbreds.
     
    08-24-2012, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Elana    
To answer your question, Yes, she is still butt high.

I won't critique the rest of her.. as I find so many faults and unless you ask, I will not list them.

I like her color and she looks a good disposition.
Thanks for your response...and I'd like you hear your thoughts...although the way you put it is alarming!

You are totally dead on about her disposition - she's really got an excellent mind and very willing disposition. Considering the fact that she's four, her attitude is down right awesome!
     
    08-24-2012, 08:38 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by lilruffian    
In all the photos except for the last one she appears butt high, yes.
As for the rest of her confo, she's got a nice shoulder
Neck needs muscle and her head appears large
Front legs look decent. Nothing glaringly wrong
Back is long and she is sickle-hocked to a degree, which I have noticed alot in Standardbreds.
Thanks for your response!

Dang. I was hoping she'd grow out of it. She's still got time though! I'll hold out hope that between 5 and 6 she grows more

Her neck and back do indeed need muscle...but she is only 4. As I understand it, that will come with age (and good consistant work)? The big head is totally Standardbred...as are the rather large ears. I've not heard that sickle-hocked is a Standardbred thing...I'll have to investigate - as in ask her owner, the person who raced and bred all the Standardbreds on the ranch - including Playday.
     
    08-27-2012, 08:32 AM
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Green Broke
OK.. Here goes...

She has a neck that is set on a nice shoulder. The shoulder lays back a bit more than I like but her point of shoulder is the right height and the point of shoulder to elbow is a good angle (not too low or too steep). She is back at the knee and has adequate bone.

Her back is very long and stiff through the coupling. She is "slab sided" through the barrel and her peak of croup is set WAY back leaving her stiff coupling a bit weak thru the Lumbo Sacral area. She is very sickle hocked and her hocks are round.. I fully expect this horse will develop curbs in both hocks and eventually will have bone spavins.

...and she is built down hill.

BUT if she is fun to ride and you enjoy her.. then ride and enjoy her.
     
    08-27-2012, 02:48 PM
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Foal
Thank you so much, Elana!

Overall, I'm pretty weak when it comes to conformation, and totally barn-blind when it comes to this mare. She's a big favorite at the ranch for her general awesomeness, so it's helpful to hear an unbiased response to her build.

Your thoughts are very helpful. I had noticed the long back (hard to miss! Lol) but the rest is news to me (other than what has been already commented here by lilruffian). In particular, I'm interested to learn of stiff coupling, back at the knee, and potential for curbs/spavins in the future. While leasing her, I was planning to try to help her learn to carry herself and overcome/support what challenges I had noticed. Now I will do a bunch more research to educate myself! She is indeed a joy to ride, and I am lucky to have such a fun horse to lease :)

Thanks again !
     

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