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post #1 of 9 Old 07-21-2013, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Video - Evaluating conformation of dressage horses

A USDF tutorial of showing Scott Hassler (breeder, trainer, competitor) evaluating 3 warmblood mares for performance and breeding that I found very educational:

I'd gladly take any of these mares
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-23-2013, 01:08 PM
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Great video, I really enjoyed watching it. I can only dream of owning a horse as nice as those mares. I particularly liked the second mare, and I loved how the third mare moved on the lunge line. The video really makes me want a Warmblood.

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Bookmarking to watch this later - Thanks!!!
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I definitely found it educational (I love catching those old USDF clinics on HRTV or RFD!)- but, I wish they had not had wraps on the mares' legs so we could get a better sense of conformation, and that the last mare hadn't been under tack the whole time. Still, I agree with Jore- I can only dream of owning a mare as nice as those!
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I know - these horses are in the "rare air" category for sure, but I think there's a lot to pull from the comments about conformation and choosing sires for the more earthbound horses , Especially for dressage horses, but also for good equine athletes in general.
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As still a near total "newb" when it comes to conformation and what the plusses and minuses are (other than those which fall into the "glaringly obvious" category), it's both highly educational and in one or two ways, it was a bit surprising to hear that which the focus is placed upon by the experts.

Certainly an informative video. Overall, it really got me thinking about the kinds of things to generally look at/for when evaluating both a potential purchase (beyond all of that which I have already been thinking about thus far-mainly temperament related issues and things having to do again with the more glaring positives and negatives), and, it has me thinking about evaluating the horses I usually ride, which happen to be mainly warmblood mares, interestingly, and where they "stack up" based upon these conformation critiques.

Very useful, thank you! A great direction to go in in terms of beginning to develop that "eye" for good and bad conformation, would certainly be to watch the "experts" crit/evaluate as many horses as possible. Something I'll certainly begin to do from now on.

Thank you again! :0) Great little starter video!
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Can someone tell me what he is talking about it terms of "depth of croup"? Length from hip to tail?
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As far as I can tell when he is referring to depth of croup he is referring to the length and angle of it?

I'm not wild about any of the mares, the first two are far too long for my liking. I couldn't really see the last one because of video quality but her haunch looked weak. It would be interesting to see now what they have produced. Anything born 2005 should now be working on their PSG or showing it... I also wish they would have shown the breeding of the mares... And if they had progeny to see them as well, and which stallions were chosen.
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I sooo want to watch this.. but at work I can't have the sound on...
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