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post #1 of 19 Old 08-01-2013, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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What sticks out on my 16 month filly

I am not the best at conformation and hope you all can help.

April is 16 months and I do know that the young ones go through funky growth spurts. So what do you all see? She will only be used for trail riding and driving.
Just a note the 4th picture down she does not normally stand parked out. She decided to start to stretch as I was taking the picture then did not want to stand still. The little bugger.
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I see a majorly CUTE pony! She's adorable!

She is chubby but overall nicely built. Butt high at the moment, but she's likely to level out as she ages.
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I LOVE her! I had to look at her in your profile to see what breed she was. I could see that "draftiness" in there. I would have guessed Haflinger cross (not knowing any better).

She really reminds me of my Mustang, who I'm sure has a little draft in him. That may not sound like a compliment, but it is, he is built extremely sturdy and sound. He's 20 this year, I've been riding him on trails pretty hard since he was 12, and before that he was a rope horse and all around trail and hunting horse. So I love anything that is built nice and solid like that.

Sorry I got off topic a bit. I am not good at proper conformation critiques, but I just wanted to say she is gorgeous!
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She honestly looks a bit fat to be honest..

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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Skyseternalangel I was concerned about her weight also, but the vet was just out on Saturday to do booster shots and teeth and she said she is going to be a stout girl. She only gets hay (not free choice) no grain or supplements of any kind. Fecal count was 0 so no worms. I feel I need to get her more exercise even though she tears around the paddock all the time. I am keeping a close eye on her weight as I do feel she should be a bit less chubby.

She a haffie/gypsy cross and her dad is a stout guy.
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Skyseternalangel I was concerned about her weight also, but the vet was just out on Saturday to do booster shots and teeth and she said she is going to be a stout girl. She only gets hay (not free choice) no grain or supplements of any kind. Fecal count was 0 so no worms. I feel I need to get her more exercise even though she tears around the paddock all the time. I am keeping a close eye on her weight as I do feel she should be a bit less chubby.

She a haffie/gypsy cross and her dad is a stout guy.
I'm actually looking at the fat pockets behind her front legs, and the tail head. For 16 months I think she is overweight. Doesn't matter how stout she is or going to be, it will put extra stress on her joints.

To me that is more of a worry than her conformation currently (since she's so young it'll change over time)
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I'm actually looking at the fat pockets behind her front legs, and the tail head. For 16 months I think she is overweight. Doesn't matter how stout she is or going to be, it will put extra stress on her joints.

To me that is more of a worry than her conformation currently (since she's so young it'll change over time)

You confirm that I am not crazy. I two feel she is overweight, but I am puzzled why the vet who I have used for 12+ years did not mention anything about fat pockets. She spent 30 mins looking her over from top to bottom. Checked each leg from top to bottom, her underbelly, everywhere. I know they are big on getting after owners with overweight and underweight horses as my mother uses them also and she has a haffie cross that came to her very overweight his face was even puffy looking.

The vet is coming out again in 3 weeks for a minor hoof issue with my Saddlebred to check the progress. I am going to have her go over April again. I know overweight horses can be worse than an underweight horse.

Now for suggestions as to get some of the weight off. Like I said she only gets hay and it is not free choice. I can do one of two things get some slow feeders for the hay or keep her in the stall for an extra 1/2 hour so the two adults can eat a bit more of the hay.
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I LOVE her! I had to look at her in your profile to see what breed she was. I could see that "draftiness" in there. I would have guessed Haflinger cross (not knowing any better).

She really reminds me of my Mustang, who I'm sure has a little draft in him. That may not sound like a compliment, but it is, he is built extremely sturdy and sound. He's 20 this year, I've been riding him on trails pretty hard since he was 12, and before that he was a rope horse and all around trail and hunting horse. So I love anything that is built nice and solid like that.

Sorry I got off topic a bit. I am not good at proper conformation critiques, but I just wanted to say she is gorgeous!
Definate compliment I love Mustangs and several years ago my husband almost got one. I say almost because he was a stud and at the time there was no safe place to put him until he could be gelded.
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She is adorable!

What type of hay are you feeding?
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She is adorable!

What type of hay are you feeding?
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