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post #1 of 6 Old 12-11-2012, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Your Opinions please?

Hi guys this is a new mare Hemi, she's 14 years old AQHA and has been used for barrel racing. What do you think about her conformation?

These are older pictures... she's a little fat right now and we've only had her two days so I havent taken pictures yet

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-11-2012, 12:41 PM
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In that first pic she appears to be standing under herself and a wee bit sickle hocked.

Her shoulder appears a bit steep.

Good back length, but something about her hip (especially the point of her hip where it joins her back) bothers me. She has a steep croup, as well.

She's a little lighter on bone that I like (coming from someone with a draft cross, so take that as you will). Appears back at the knee. Pasterns are good length and angle.
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In that first pic she appears to be standing under herself and a wee bit sickle hocked.

Her shoulder appears a bit steep.

Good back length, but something about her hip (especially the point of her hip where it joins her back) bothers me. She has a steep croup, as well.

She's a little lighter on bone that I like (coming from someone with a draft cross, so take that as you will). Appears back at the knee. Pasterns are good length and angle.
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It surprises me that you think she's lighter boned she is really a tank in person. I will try to get more recent pictures to see if it makes a difference at all. Thanks
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It surprises me that you think she's lighter boned she is really a tank in person. I will try to get more recent pictures to see if it makes a difference at all. Thanks
It's more a personal preference for more bone than she is actually light on bone (in a detrimental way). Remember, I have a draft cross with a ton of bone (take a look at the pics in my albums), so what I see as "light" is oftentimes "average" for the size and breed of horse.
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Overall, a pleasant enough looking girl. I'm no expert on QHs, but a few things I see here. I think she has a nice head and a kind eye. She has rather big ears, but I've never minded big ears, coming from a Saddlebred background.

In the first picture, she appears to be slightly roach backed. Her neck might be a little short and set on a bit hight. Shoulder, slightly steep. Not sure if she happens to be just standing that way, or if she could be a bit sickle hocked. She toes out in the front, but seems to have decent size feet.

In the second picture, she seems to have parked herself out a bit, because of a bareback rider. She might be a little lacking in the rear. Shallow from point of hip to point of buttock.

Enjoy your new girl.

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post #6 of 6 Old 12-12-2012, 01:28 PM
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This horse is a nice little package. She has a strong topline and someone has done some correct work with her. If she was correct running barrels (able to collect and extend solidly) then that is where it comes from.

Somethings to notice on this horse:

In the photo with the rider, look at her neck. See the muscle that goes from her poll to just above the rein? That muscle has some start to development indicating this horse may be able to raise the root of her neck and use her ring of muscles to get off her forehand (as she would need to coming into a turn around barrels).

The only negative comments I have about this horse is that her shoulder is a bit steep and her point of shoulder lays a bit low. Her hocks have some set to them and she is a bit camped under. She has a longish coupling but because the ring of muscles has been developed, it is very strong.

I like this horse a good bit.

In the photo of her standing looking at her left side (the first photo) look again at her neck immediately next to her eye. See that little bulge? That is the start of nice muscling indicating she is part way there using her ring of muscles.

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