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post #1 of 12 Old 10-23-2009, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Confo critique on Classy

Her owner finally took more pictures and sent them to me They're not the greatest, but they'll do for now.

This is the mare I am leasing, beginning next month. Classy is an 8 year old rescue mare, registered paint, 15.3 hh, and shows in halter, barrel, and pleasure. This is what her owner says about her: She is 15.3 hands, she is barefoot, she cribs but that is taken care of with a cribbing collar, she LOVES food & treats, she LOVES easy going but will get up & go when asked! She is a real sweetheart and does NOT spook over any thing, I had a 4- year old ride her and to show how good she is I flapped a tarp in her face. She can be VERY lazy but in a good way. She will test you for example if there is a puddle she will go around it unless you show her that you will make her do it, but she doesn't refuse it she just goes around it. We recently took her on a 30 mile trail last weekend and she did wonderful!!!!!!! There was up hill, down hill, creeks, cramped trails, and roads. I could not ask her to have been any better! We haven't showed her yet but are planning to show her in a Western/English show.

I won't be doing any serious showing on her but I'm hoping to learn a thing or two about barrels, and jumping, if I decide to get back into it.

I'm not great at critiquing conformation at all, but things that stood out to me...she is cow hocked as far as I could see with the tail in the way, she could use some good muscling all over, and is there something funny about how the base of her neck is attached? Is it a little thick or is it the angle of the picture? Overall, I think she's pretty. I love her dark coloring and her markings and her full mane and tail. My favorite is how she has white on her front feet and not on either of the back I'm just boiling over with excitement to start riding again. Two and a half years out of the saddle is way too long...

Let's hear some of that constructive criticism!
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-23-2009, 10:51 AM
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She is a pretty mare. She looks like she either needs some weight or some muscle in her back. Her back is a touch long and her tail is set a bit high for my taste but her legs look good and I like where her neck ties in.

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-23-2009, 10:59 AM
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she has one huggable neck, she is lovely, might need a bit more top line but other than that i see nothing wrong with her and i wish you the best of luck
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-23-2009, 11:44 AM
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I agree with smrobs- she is a very nice mare though. My gelding has a long back as well - which gives him an awesome smooth canter that feels like you are riding on a couch! Hope it works out for you!
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-23-2009, 12:13 PM
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I think she is really pretty! She just needs some solid top line it looks like.

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She does need more weight on her back, as, the saddle could rest on her spine and that would be extremely painful for her. Her legs look good to me =] She iver pretty, my mom adores paints.

Her head seems a little big, but it could just be the angles of the pictures. The angle her head and neck meet isn't too attractive, but that shouldn't affect anything. Her neck has a nice slant, but no graceful curve to separate the muscle, not really attractive.

I love her rather broad chest, and over all, she is a very beautiful horse that looks well sound and good luck with her =]

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post #7 of 12 Old 10-23-2009, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, everyone for your critique and comments! I completely agree with adding more muscle to her top line. The first picture shows how thin she really is around her spine. I also thought the angle that her neck attached to her head was awkward, but I looked closer and realized she has a cribbing collar on that made it look unattractive to me.

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post #8 of 12 Old 10-23-2009, 05:38 PM
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She's a beauty; I think I'm gonna come steal her!!!

Over all, she has pretty good confo...a little 'lacking' in the hip area, and has a shorter croup than I like for her breed type, adding the longer topline, it makes her heavier in the front end. She has decent legs, and her shoulder is okay. Her neck does tie in a little low, which will make her tend to want to lean on her front end as well, but she isn't extreme by any means. Adding some muscle everywhere, will improve her appearance alot.

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post #9 of 12 Old 10-23-2009, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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She's a beauty; I think I'm gonna come steal her!!!

Over all, she has pretty good confo...a little 'lacking' in the hip area, and has a shorter croup than I like for her breed type, adding the longer topline, it makes her heavier in the front end. She has decent legs, and her shoulder is okay. Her neck does tie in a little low, which will make her tend to want to lean on her front end as well, but she isn't extreme by any means. Adding some muscle everywhere, will improve her appearance alot.
Haha I've been waiting three months to meet her!! Don't take her from me!

If she's going to have a tendency to lean on her front end, am I going to have to do some extra work in order to get her to use her back end more when she moves?

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