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        08-15-2011, 07:27 PM
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    Foal
    3 Month Critique

    I think my little filly follows the 3 week/3 month/3 years guideline for critique ages.

    Current 3 Month Pics:
    Ale 3 Month Conformation Pictures | Facebook

    I take conformation pictures every couple weeks to keep track how she grows.

    Here's a list of them w/ links:

    Birth:
    JCP's Grand Finale | Facebook

    2 weeks:
    Ale 2-3 Weeks Old! | Facebook

    3 weeks:
    Ale 3 Week Conformation Pictures | Facebook

    5 weeks:
    Ale 5 Weeks Conformational Pictures | Facebook
    Ale Show Halter | Facebook

    10 weeks:
    Ale 2 months (10 weeks) | Facebook

    I think you can see that I have a very systematic way of training. I've trained her the same way since she was about a week old. She was very easy to halter train. I had her attached to a lead (w/ halter) at 2 days with me just following her and letting her get used to my presence and the halter/lead ropes.

    Dam:


    Sire (SOLD):


    I think she's definitely gone after her sire. She resembles him almost exactly. She has his head, neck, personality, etc.

    I was wondering if anybody could tell me about a couple elements of her conformation.

    Hip
    Shoulder
    Knees
    (Or just legs)
    Toeing out or not
    Stifle
    Croup (full brother had a steep croup)
    Pasterns (full brothers are fairly long I think, and a half brother has nearly non existent ones.)

    There's a lot that I like about this girl. A lot of which can be fixed as well. Mostly her neck. I know already that this girl will be wearing a neck sweat and throatlatch sweat next year. LOL!

    I would be greatly happy if somebody (or some people) would chime on the list above.

    Thanks.

    -Julia
         
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        08-15-2011, 08:05 PM
      #2
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    Although she isn't lined up perfectly in a few of the pictures- she seems to have a lovely topline (butthigh, but completely normal at such a young age), delicate face, and nice coloring. Her neck is rather thick like her sire (he's a solid little guy!) and her tail is slightly low set- but nothing to worry about at this point. Luckily she doesn't seem to have the roached back that her dam has, but it's something to look out for as she grows.

    I do notice a fair amount of sickle hock in her back legs which bothers me, and just a touch of toeing out in the front although that could very well be just the way she's standing. Her pasterns are a little long but not to an extreme. I can't really critique her shoulder slope. Stifle, or hip though- as I'm still learning how to critique those accurately.

    She's definitely cute!
         
        08-15-2011, 10:18 PM
      #3
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Endiku    
    Although she isn't lined up perfectly in a few of the pictures- she seems to have a lovely topline (butthigh, but completely normal at such a young age), delicate face, and nice coloring. Her neck is rather thick like her sire (he's a solid little guy!) and her tail is slightly low set- but nothing to worry about at this point. Luckily she doesn't seem to have the roached back that her dam has, but it's something to look out for as she grows.

    I do notice a fair amount of sickle hock in her back legs which bothers me, and just a touch of toeing out in the front although that could very well be just the way she's standing. Her pasterns are a little long but not to an extreme. I can't really critique her shoulder slope. Stifle, or hip though- as I'm still learning how to critique those accurately.

    She's definitely cute!
    Thanks for the reply.

    As of right now we are not able to see any back issues like her dam's. (Which we're thinking is because of weight issues and a lack of a topline. She was malnourished previously for over 2 years.)

    I have a full brother of her (older) with whom you could see a roach back from day 1. Of course, you have to be experienced and actually be looking for it. But its there and still is. But not horribly.

    So we're *hoping* that we don't have to worry about that.

    She is SO thick. But I like that. To me she looks like a baroque Morgan type horse. (Foundation bred maybe.) She's definitely going to need some exercise in the next couple years! Good thing we don't have pasture turn out! We'd have one foundered horse!

    Is there a certain picture that you see the sickle hocked in? I don't see it personally, and I'm really trying to. Can you link it to me or post it so I can see it?

    Thanks again!
         
        08-15-2011, 10:26 PM
      #4
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Oh, I completely agree! I absolutely adore the heavier built minis. As long as she's kept on a nice diet and exercise plan, she'll be lovely. A good driving canidate(sp?), I would think.

    My appologies, I'm not sure why- but I confused sickle-hocked with being cow-hocked. It was cowhocks that I see in her, in the rear pictures. She could outgrow it atleast partially, and I don't really see it affecting her much, but I do see it.
         

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