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post #1 of 4 Old 03-31-2010, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation Critique? 11yr old OTTB

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I am really interested in learning more about understand a horse's conformation and how it effects their way of going. I would love it if someone would take the time to critique my mare and explain in detail how they come to each conclusion. She is a 11yr old, 15.1h, OTTB that I hope to eventually get her into the hunter ring. I appreciate any comments.


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post #2 of 4 Old 03-31-2010, 06:57 PM
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Purchase yourself the three volume series: Principles of Conformation Analysis by Dr. Deb Bennett

Those will explain conformation in detail and biomechanics, and how it all works together to create movement and such in great depth.

Overall she's a well-structured individual, but still racy in her conformation, which goes against you as a riding mount. In particular she is downhill built and has a high hock and stifle set. The only other thing is that her neck is set low and roughly connected. You can see by her neck musculature (the bulge at the lower cervical curve), and how she carries it in the trot videos that she doesn't lift her base of neck, but instead drops it and roots it. As long as she does that, she'll never come through from behind.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-07-2010, 12:12 PM
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I agree with what Mercedes said... =)

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