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post #1 of 10 Old 03-21-2011, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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8yr. old Appendix Qtrhorse Mare

Okay, this is my baby girl, Dandy's Lil Jewel. Dandy is an 8 yr. old Appendix Quarterhorse mare. Maiden (and will remain that way). 16.2h. I show her in the Western classes and hopefully next year we will start doing some English and jumping. I purchased her last year (2010) and have owned her about 1 yr. now. She can be a real sweet heart, but she definitely has a witchy side to her. I don't have a rear shot, but I can tell you she is cowhocked. On her pictures when she is facing to the right she is on a slight down hill.
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-21-2011, 04:25 PM
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Overall she has a very nice build. Could use more muscle to her neck, but looks like she'll be an athletic horse ;)

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Thanks lilruffian. Those pictures were taken when I had first purchased her. The only current pics I have of her are her under saddle. Being shown western.
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I don't know if this picture helps or hinders the critique. But here she is under saddle at a local show, I believe it was our first one since I had purchased her. She hadn't been ridden or conditioned for about 6 months before I had purhased her, she was a pasture ornament, since having scared the begeezus out of her previous owner. I think I had owned her about 3 months when this photo was taken.
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The under saddle picture is so gorgeous! She moves great. In the second pic , her shoulder looks big. Her neck is very small and her head is also. She carries herself beautifully. She would be great at english. I would try introducing her to english now!
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-21-2011, 06:53 PM
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Very nice movement! I don't know much about conformation but it looks like her back legs turn in a little to much. Looks more like an English horse to me I would defiantly start riding her in it :)

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post #7 of 10 Old 03-21-2011, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Shezacharmer & faudteagan,

Yes, I agree she has more of an English type movement, but I don't quite trust her enough yet, to ride in my english saddle. She dumped me about 6 months ago, no warning, no reason, totally out of the blue. I had just swung into the saddle and didn't even have my right foot in the stirrup yet. She dropped down and bucked really hard twice, then reared straight up in the air, no arch in her back, dropped back down again and threw in a really hard back. She launched me like a cruise missile onto the hard packed track at our fairgrounds. I thought my pelvis was broken, hurt so bad. Also hit my head and still suffer from a little bit of vertigo if I don't get enough sleep/rest.

We placed second and thirds last year. Our first year showing together and really her first year showing on a regular basis, hitting all of the shows in our local area. So, I figured we do this year again Western and then next year we'll start introducing English and maybe some jumping.
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Nice mare. Left front leg is slightly crooked--see the deviation/ turning-out at the pastern? Shouldn't affect her greatly, though. Looks like she has a very minor ewe neck. Very slightly straight through the hocks. But overall very nice.
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post #9 of 10 Old 03-21-2011, 11:43 PM
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I must say you have a G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S mare there!
She's a bit high in the rump and because of her age, she won't grow out of it. But I would like to see a little more muscle in her neck, but other than that... She's pretty much perfect.
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Bubba13 and 4everjumper,

Thanks for the comments. I had a lesson out at the trainers yesterday and checked out her fronts. In the picture that I posted she is just standing funny, she is actually straight. I was practicing for halter and showmanship, so she was asked to set up numerous times and her fronts were always straight.

So, this is another reason to make sure when you post pictures they accurately reflect what your horses conformation looks like, good and bad. Because definitely from the picture I posted, her front leg is crooked.

But thank you for the comments.
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