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post #1 of 18 Old 04-06-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Wondering about the disadvantages this mare's conformation as a riding horse.

I've had a situation with my current mare who is incredibly lonely, and it was the decision to find a paddock mate for her recently. I have been offered a NZ Standardbred mare who is 7yrs and the current owner is over committed and just wants her to go to a good home. I wasn't too fazed if the horse I got was rideable or not, but this mare is lovely and sweet natured from what I've been told, and enjoys work, she just hasn't had a lot of time to give her any. Previously she was coming along nicely under saddle and whilst she's a bit "dorky" in her confo, she was still consistent. She sounds quite lovely, and will get a lot of love from us regardless, if we get her.

My use of this mare for riding purposes would be light hacking, and general fitness. I'm not looking for anything to show (already have my mare for my own pursuits), but simply a farm hack so me and my friend (who is learning to ride on my own mare) can just go for plods together. My interest is to know whether her conformation would cause any major issues for her to be in relatively regular work. In my opinion she sounds like she'd be up for everything we want to do with her, but I'm a plus sized rider, so I just want to be on the cautious side.

Sorry there is only a couple of photos, both taken at odd angles, I'm to meet her on Sunday and will hopefully come away with more photos... and a horse to help my mare with her loneliness!

What I see is she's downhill, and front heavy. It's hard to tell much more as the ground isn't even, and I'm not the most experienced with conformation. I have to agree with her owner, she is a bit "dorky" looking but she doesn't appear to have any alarming issues that turn me off of riding her.




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She looks like a typical STB to me. A little downhill and they are often heavy on the front end. Nothing horrid jumps out. Enjoy!
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Besides being downhill, I can't spot anything that would be an issue- although a little 'dorky-looking' (she's a pretty dork, I have to say!) I think she looks like a nice, sturdy little mare. I think she'll do perfectly fine for what you have in mind.
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Thanks soenjer, she's quite a sturdy looking mare, which is why I have considered her for riding... at 7, retirement as a paddock mate when she's not physically unable for riding work seems a little unfair if she enjoys it so much!


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I like her quite a lot. Her legs look amazing and I really don't see anything bad about her at all. I would even reserve judgement on the downhill issue until you can see her on flat ground.

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Thank you smrobs! I really like her legs myself. I'm rather excited to meet her tomorrow... think we'll be coming home with a new horse! :)


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She sure is cute!! (: Hope it all works out for you!!

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I agree that she is much better conformed than I expected from your description. Her bone is good, shoulder slopes nicely. Her legs looks straight and clean (hocks are not puffy or anthing..) hard to see the fetlocks (feathers on them).

Downhill horses can be very good at acceleration, just like a Jackrabbit, which also has rear legs much longer than it's fore. I like her.

Just be aware that at 7 she could be a lot more spunky than Honey.

I am riding a 7 year old draft cross, and though he is mild of temperament, he does get excited about running in a way that 19 year old Mac does not.
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Caroline; Honey's only 8 so there's not a great deal in age difference. The girl who has her wants her to be in a "forever home" situation, so we did deliberate. But thinking over it, Honey is never going to not have this issue. She's stressed because she's alone - we've had a couple of incidents where horses next door have broken into our paddocks, specifically mine >_< And ever since, Honey just isn't handling her loneliness any further :( Since they're so close in age, I'm sure we can offer this mare a forever home, and they can grow up together!! Will let you know how we get on!

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I agree that she is much better conformed than I expected from your description. Her bone is good, shoulder slopes nicely. Her legs looks straight and clean (hocks are not puffy or anthing..) hard to see the fetlocks (feathers on them).

Downhill horses can be very good at acceleration, just like a Jackrabbit, which also has rear legs much longer than it's fore. I like her.

Just be aware that at 7 she could be a lot more spunky than Honey.

I am riding a 7 year old draft cross, and though he is mild of temperament, he does get excited about running in a way that 19 year old Mac does not.
My soon-to-be-19 year old draft cross needs to take lessons from your 19-year old in acting her age, not her shoe size.
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