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        09-16-2009, 03:05 AM
      #1
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    Confo and condition critique

    Any critique on my horse is welcome. :) I just want to know if she looks any better, condition-wise than she used to. I'm worried that she's begining to develop a sway back, and I'm doing what I can to prevent that. I know most of her conformational flaws, but feel free to point them out.

    She's a mare, 16 years old (estimated), grade QH, 15.1hh. We basically ride for fun and do dressage.

    I realize that most of these were taken when she had her winter coat and I apologize for that. The ground is not completely level where these were taken.

    December 2006


    October 2007


    February 2008





    August 2008



    February 2009




    September 2009


         
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        09-16-2009, 05:22 AM
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    Yearling
    Is she reg paint?

    I think she looked best in the Aug 2008 pics. And despite the chipping, her hooves had a better shape in the 5th photo because she looks like she has more heel. Can I ask why you have her in shoes?

    Her back is a bit long but not swayed. Double check your saddle fit because the muscles on either side of her withers look more atrophied in the later pics. Is it just me or do her shoulders look bigger in the later pics? For her husky build she is pretty narrow through her chest and hind end. Her front legs are also set back under her a little to far all which accentuate her "block" head.. not to be mean but that was the only word that I could think off. :o)

    Her diet looks like it needs to be upgraded...what does she eat? She seems to lack "luster". Over all she's a cute little western pony but probably not the best dressage mount as she looks like she would be way heavy upfront but that's most QH in general.

    I hope I didn't come off mean...its 4 am and I can't sleep so I'm a little cranky. :oP
         
        09-17-2009, 07:23 PM
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    Originally Posted by starlinestables    
    Is she reg paint?

    I think she looked best in the Aug 2008 pics. And despite the chipping, her hooves had a better shape in the 5th photo because she looks like she has more heel. Can I ask why you have her in shoes?

    Her back is a bit long but not swayed. Double check your saddle fit because the muscles on either side of her withers look more atrophied in the later pics. Is it just me or do her shoulders look bigger in the later pics? For her husky build she is pretty narrow through her chest and hind end. Her front legs are also set back under her a little to far all which accentuate her "block" head.. not to be mean but that was the only word that I could think off. :o)

    Her diet looks like it needs to be upgraded...what does she eat? She seems to lack "luster". Over all she's a cute little western pony but probably not the best dressage mount as she looks like she would be way heavy upfront but that's most QH in general.

    I hope I didn't come off mean...its 4 am and I can't sleep so I'm a little cranky. :oP
    No, she has no papers. Her sire was a registered QH and her dam was just a random pinto or Paint mare.

    I decided to shoe her fronts because she was not comfortable walking on anything other than grass when undersaddle and at liberty. With shoes, we can now ride any place we've like to without her being tenderfooted.

    Glad to know she doesn't have a sway back. :) I just recently was told that my saddle was too uphill and bought a riser pad to fix that. I'm not too sure about the changing size of her shoulders... never noticed it and I'm not very good at seeing conformation things yet. =P

    She's out in a grass pasture all night and eats a mixture of cob, senior, and complete. I would have to check with my BO on the ratio of each feed. I'm not sure if by "luster" you mean contidion of her coat, or the condition of her... personality? XD Because she was half asleep (as usual) when I took the most recent pics.

    We show 1st level and are starting to school 2nd level movements. So much for being a western pony. ;) I'll agree that since she is so heavy up front that it is harder for her to get off her forehand and use her back end to power forwards, but she's still capable of doing it.

    Thanks for all your input! Definitely didn't sound mean.
         
        09-19-2009, 03:28 PM
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    Anyone else?
         
        09-20-2009, 05:04 PM
      #5
    Started
    I think she looks best in her September 2009 pics lol. I agree I think she just has a long back. I think she toes out in the front. She is really cute.
         
        09-23-2009, 03:57 PM
      #6
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    Thanks for the critique! And yeah, I happen to think she's pretty cute. ;)
         
        09-23-2009, 05:10 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    I think she looks pretty consistant. She is base narrow and has big shoulders, it's no surprise she gets tender-footed! But it's clear you are helping her stay comfortable.

    I love the little up-side-down heart on her side that is too cute!
         
        09-23-2009, 08:59 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Her toes look really really long on her front feet, that could be why she is tender, a lil too much pressure.. as I was raised with grade qh ponies I just so happen to think she's an awful cute little thing... but id definitely. Lok into having her toes reduced quite a bit, could also help her lighten up in fornt with the comfort of shorter toes!
         
        09-24-2009, 05:31 PM
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    Yep, I love her heart. =) That's part of why her show name is Accidentally In Love.

    Thanks for the crit on her feet, Honeysuga. Which photo are you refering to? The hoof shot from Feb '08 or Sept '09? Or both in general?
         
        09-24-2009, 05:35 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    Not much of a critiquer myself just wanted to say she's gorgeous! I love her one spot.
         

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