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post #1 of 11 Old 09-23-2010, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Confo Critique

This is my new(ish) mare. She's a reg Appaloosa. 11 yrs. 15(ish)hh. I bought her for $400 and she hadn't been ridden in 14 months. She rides awesome, has her moments like any horse. I have asked for a critique of her before, but I didn't have very good photos so I have taken some more (finally) and would like to know what yall think about her. Also I would like to know what she could conformatianlly excell in. Not afraid to here the bad points. I think she could use a few more pounds. I wanted to make sure the wayshe was standing wasn't affecting the pictures so I asked her to move around and took the pics again.


It had just gotten done raining so the dark lines are from the rain. Enjoy!





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post #2 of 11 Old 09-24-2010, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Nothing to say? I guess that could be good or bad. Speechless from her beauty or speechless from her hideousness. :)

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-24-2010, 10:14 AM
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Your post is a perfect example of how much a different photo makes the same animal look totally different.

In photo #5 she looks down hill, but not in photo #1 and the last photo.
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-24-2010, 10:16 AM
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I think she is nice. I don't know much about conformation myself. Like you said, maybe more weight but I think she's decent. What would you like to use her for?
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photos # 2 and 4 show her as downhill, but not #1. Only you know which is correct. Overall, she looks very much like my Appy, except a bit lighter of bone and a lot skinnier. I think her conformation is darn good, especially considering the price, $400!~ I'd say you totally lucked out.
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-24-2010, 01:27 PM
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I really like the way she's put together. It's hard to tell what she would be good at without knowing more about her, especially seeing the way she moves. But conformationally, she looks like she could do just about whatever you want her to.

Edited to add: Put a little more weight and muscle on her, and she will look excellent. I think you found a good deal!

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The bad: Her shoulder is kinda straight, but that's common. Her pasterns look a little too straight and her head isn't very refined. She looks a little cow hocked in the back.

The good: She has a beautiful color. I like how she's put together, she appears balanced and looks to be an excellent working horse. Nice back (not short, but not looooooooonger than a locomotive). Nice butt, doesn't have a short little neck or a super long one. Seems just right, I personally think it ties in well.

Overall: If I was looking for an intelligent ranch horse ready for long hours on the trails, or just something to enjoy and have fun with puttering around, she would definitely be a top choice. Not perfect, but in my opinion well made nonetheless. I like her color and she seems pretty laid back. Doesn't have a rat tail (I hate rat tails on horses), but I would either pull or hog her mane. She looks like she would also be a fun little playday horse.

At $400 I'd consider her an excellent buy with plenty of potential.

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-24-2010, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I tried to take alot of pics cause I knew that she looked down hill in some and I wanted to make sure it was just the pictures. I jumped her over some logs today and she felt good going over them. Do you think she has any potential as a jumper? I have no idea about jumpers confo. But hell she felt better going over the logs than the mare I take jumping lessons on.

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post #9 of 11 Old 09-26-2010, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Nobody has anything else to say about her?

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post #10 of 11 Old 09-26-2010, 11:35 PM
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I like her alot :). She seems to be pretty well put together, but I'm not an expert at confo. Man, she looks soo much like my new mare!!
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