What's up with this horse?

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What's up with this horse?

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        12-06-2013, 04:30 PM
    What's up with this horse?

    Something keeps striking me as odd in this 3 year old OTTB's conformation, and I think it is her chest/shoulder areas. Does anyone else see it? I've noticed similar chests/shoulders in other horses, does this cause any problems? Is it perfectly normal? I put a box around the area I think is strange.

    Note I am not interested in buying this horse, but I am thinking about looking at a mare with a front end (better bone, though).

    Also, here is a video of her:
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        12-06-2013, 04:32 PM
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    What are you seeing? To me it looks like a typical young TB front end. Her heart girth is a little shallow but that's all I can really pick out as 'off' about it. I could be wrong though.
        12-06-2013, 04:35 PM
    She has a steep shoulder and your typical shark fin TB withers.
    Nothing unusual or bad though.
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        12-06-2013, 04:38 PM
    Long back, shark fin withers, and a steep shoulder.
        12-06-2013, 04:49 PM
    Ah, thank you guys! I think I was seeing the steep shoulder, shark fin withers, and shallow heart girth, which were coming off as odd to me.
        12-06-2013, 04:52 PM
    Teen Forum Moderator
    IMO the withers are pretty much a trademark of Thoroughbreds these days, and racing fit TBs tend to have that leaner appearance as well that can make them look all sorts of wonky. Its a cute little mare...or rather, big mare O_o gee whiz!
        12-06-2013, 05:01 PM
    Definitely a BIG mare! According to owners she is 16.1 and string tested to 16.3.

    I think I just fell in love with another mare her owner is selling, though. My heart just skipped a beat.

    First ride off the track, two weeks after her last race. She had 21 career starts and made $90,000 on the West Coast.

        12-06-2013, 06:01 PM
    I think her neck placement is low which is playing into the "odd" your seeing. Along with the steep shoulder and high withers.
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        12-06-2013, 07:16 PM
    They always have good horses. There 20 mins from me :)
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        12-06-2013, 07:22 PM
    I really like how the chestnut mare moves . . . But I'm no judge of movement

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