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post #1 of 21 Old 04-26-2010, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Confo & Tack Crit. Plz!

Here are a couple of pics of my mare (sorry they aren't the best confo pics, any tips of getting her to stand square would be appriciated!).

Also, what do you think of the length of the saddle & Pad? They look a bit on the long side to me. Also, (forgive me is this is a stupid question) do you place the saddle so the bars are well behind the shoulders range of movement, or on top of the shoulder blade? For my mare; in order to get the cinch in a decent spot the bars rest ot top of her shoulders. If I move the saddle back far enough to allow totally free movement the cinch will be in the middle of her belly... ideas? Oh, and in the recent pics of her wo a saddle the light patch on her shoulder is rubbed off hair, not a saddle sore :)

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Thanks!! & please feel free to be honest!

I will try to get better confo pictures next time I can.

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post #2 of 21 Old 04-26-2010, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Am I black-listed here or what?
Or are my pictures/text just not good enough for a critique?

Thanks anyway. :/
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post #3 of 21 Old 04-26-2010, 07:13 PM
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can't say much about confo, but she is a very nice looking horse and I think the saddle looks good.
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post #4 of 21 Old 04-26-2010, 07:13 PM
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Sorry, you only posted what, 3hrs ago?

Anyways, I don't see anything glaringly wrong with your mare. Her front hooves look a little wonky in the first couple of pics but that may be the shadows. Otherwise she's a good looking horse. Sorry I'm really tired, so I'm not coming up with the usual in depth critique. Looking closer, she may be tied in on the front legs (but again the shadows aren't helping so I'm not sure).

For help standing square tie her up and put her legs where you want them. Then take a pic quick. It does help to have someone hold them and take a bunch of pics from each angle until you get the ones you want. Literally go out to just get confo shots.

Also, you need to expirement with lighting to get clearer shots of her legs. She's so dark and add the shadows and I can't see much. Dark horses are so much fun eh? Pretty girl though. What are you doing with her?
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post #5 of 21 Old 04-26-2010, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry, you only posted what, 3hrs ago?

Anyways, I don't see anything glaringly wrong with your mare. Her front hooves look a little wonky in the first couple of pics but that may be the shadows. Otherwise she's a good looking horse. Sorry I'm really tired, so I'm not coming up with the usual in depth critique. Looking closer, she may be tied in on the front legs (but again the shadows aren't helping so I'm not sure).

For help standing square tie her up and put her legs where you want them. Then take a pic quick. It does help to have someone hold them and take a bunch of pics from each angle until you get the ones you want. Literally go out to just get confo shots.

Also, you need to expirement with lighting to get clearer shots of her legs. She's so dark and add the shadows and I can't see much. Dark horses are so much fun eh? Pretty girl though. What are you doing with her?
True... guess I should work on my paitence a bit...

Thanks for the reply. Any thoughts on saddle placement?

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No problem, sorry I'm a little crabby today.

In the first couple of pics she seems to have a really high narrow wither too, but not as bad in the last couple.

I'm not totally sure on the saddle placement, so I'm hoping someone more knowledgeble will answer. But I've heard that you want to place it just beyond the shoulder blade's range of motion and that's what I've been doing with my boy.
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No problem, sorry I'm a little crabby today.

In the first couple of pics she seems to have a really high narrow wither too, but not as bad in the last couple.

I'm not totally sure on the saddle placement, so I'm hoping someone more knowledgeble will answer. But I've heard that you want to place it just beyond the shoulder blade's range of motion and that's what I've been doing with my boy.
Well that makes two of us!

Oh yeah, her withers are high and narrow! Makes saddle fit tons of fun (yes, that was totally sarcastic)!

That's what I thought about saddle placement. She seems tight in the front end when I ride with the saddle how it is shown in the first pic, and I'm pretty sure it's interfering with her shoulder movement. But putting it back throws my balance totally off. That's why I question her conformation... I'm wondering if there is something that I'm not seeing that is causing the trouble.

Are her shoulders set abnormally far back? Is her back too short? It doesn't look all that short to me I just don't know, something seems funky.

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Her back isn't abnormally short and her shoulder isn't set way back. I'd say you're still having issues with saddle fit due to her high, narrow, longish withers.

Have you considered have a saddle custom made? My friend had a horse with similar withers and ended up having to get a custom saddle with a peaked pommel to fit him.
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To me, and I don't know a heck of a lot about this, it looks like the saddle doesn't fit her. It looks like if you were to sit on it her withers would rub against the pommel (right?).
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post #10 of 21 Old 04-26-2010, 08:31 PM
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That's what I was kind of thinking... but again I don't know crap. Who posted that "western saddle fit" thread? We need that person!
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