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    10-11-2011, 12:56 PM

This is Tansy, my 3 year old palomino paint filly. She was a feral horse when I first got her, now she's a dream under saddle and can do it all. W-T-C, stop on a dime, pivot of fore and hind, back up, goes off leg amazing, side pass, and we're working on the roll back. She's great on the ground and goes through any obsticle but she's still afraid of the ball. Doesn't mind tarps, cars, tractors, dogs, guns, bags, and other such monsters. She's a fast learner so she hasn't take much effort to learn these things.You can hold herself in a frame for a few moments before releasing because she doesn't have a good topline yet. I'm hoping to start on doing some hill work and lots of trotting to build up a topline. I waited to do this cause she still needed to pick up weight. She had massive muscles under her neck and I'm basically working on getting rid of those. Its a long process because of the unwanted muscle. I'm hoping that she'll be set in 2-3 months.

What do you think of her conformation?
What I know:
Base narrow
Toed out
Knock kneed
Sickle hocked
Ewe neck
Down hill (She's catching up with her butt, it used to be worst but she's still growing, and fast)
Camped in

Well, I know she isn't the prettiest but hey, she's a spawn of poor breeding, what do you expect :P So yeah, I'm not really good about shoulder angle or pastern angle, and I'm still learning about proportions and such...
So what's good, what else is bad?

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(She was still skinny in this shot :/)
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    10-11-2011, 01:01 PM
I can't see the photos
    10-11-2011, 01:09 PM
I wouldn't spend a lot of time showing her in conformation classes but there isn't anything too wrong with her. All young horses are a little downhill until they mature. She has all the faults you listed but so do most horses to some extent or other. She should be able to do anything you want to do on her.
    10-11-2011, 01:13 PM
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
I wouldn't spend a lot of time showing her in conformation classes but there isn't anything too wrong with her. All young horses are a little downhill until they mature. She has all the faults you listed but so do most horses to some extent or other. She should be able to do anything you want to do on her.
I'm not using her for conformation :P She's just a pleasure horse really, trail, cowboy challenges, team penning (hopefully), and just fun stuff :P I only really show in gaited horses anyway, and obviously she isn't gaited.
    10-11-2011, 01:17 PM
BTW I don't know anything of her dam but her stud is a quarter horse named Convoy's Silky. He's special, you know why? He was a topic on the fugly horse blog I find it amasing. He would sure make a handsome gelding, just not a stud. What do you think her dam was? Any idea what else could be in the mix?

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    10-11-2011, 01:55 PM
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Your horse is not bad at all. Perhaps a bit tied in behind the knee.. maybe a bit back at the knee (hard to tell in the photo). She looks like she needs a lot of work on rounding and working off her hind quarters (she is not effectively using her ring of muscles and her neck has not 'turned over' yet).

All that being said I can tell you that with her disposition and willingness to learn and work with you, she is a good horse. You work on circles, serpentines, transistions, and spirals in and out of circles.. get her to work off her hind quarters and use her 'ring' and you will have a better horse than many.

As to the stallion.. I did not follow the fugly link but he has nice low hocks and knees.. nice shoulder and good bone. Wish his back were shorter, butt lower and his coupling was smoother (less peak to his rump).
    10-11-2011, 05:04 PM
Not a bad filly overall. I like her front end and shoulder angle. Front legs nice, but the condition of her hooves needs some work. Neck could be longer, and it, along with the topline, needs muscling built up (which I know you're working on). It looks like her knees do turn out, though? Back is a hair long, and she has the sickle hocked issue you mentioned, but I think the real problem is not her hocks at all but rather her stifle, causing the hind legs to adopt a camped-out stance.
    10-12-2011, 09:44 PM
I think she's cute and if she's working well then good for you! I agree about getting her feet checked out. They look a little long and at a funky angle. She isn't perfect, but not many horses are.
    10-16-2011, 03:34 PM
I wouldn't say that she's ewe necked... her neck is just underdeveloped. Lunging her with side reins and a surcingle would do wonders for her back, neck, and overall muscle tone. She's young, so don't worry too much about her overall balance. They go through awkward growth stages just like people. Mudpie's almost six and he's just starting to fill out. :)

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    10-16-2011, 07:44 PM
The only thing that could be permanent here is the long loins/back/ high withers. Make sure and get a good fitting saddle.

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