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post #1 of 5 Old 09-29-2009, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Candy - 'Simply Exceptional'
4 yo Quarter Horse

Q-58185 (Australian Quarter Horse Association): C5B592420212D&9=5B515E

Please comment on Candy's conformation and breedability. I have had her for a year, and she is trained in english - dressage and showjumping etc, however she is apparently bred for reining. I have recently been very interested in Western Riding and would love to learn - especially reining.

So, please comment on her 'reinability' aswell :)
I know reining horses have to have next to perfect leg conformation, due to the stress on the joints whilst at competitions, etc.

Thanks in advance

P.S: She's in fluffy winter condition :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-30-2009, 07:38 AM
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She is very camped under in the back legs, and by the looks of it when she isn't her legs are set back far. (not sure if that is the proper term for it...tried googling it to find the term)

Something looks wrong to me in how her front legs look, especially down closer to her pastern but I can't place it.

I really like her though! With a bit more muscle everywhere especially her back I think she'll make a great little show horse :)
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-30-2009, 10:17 AM
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Hope I can help!

I agree with SavvyHearts, she's either camped or parked, but not square. He front legs get closer together as they go so they're nearly touching. How old is she? It looks to me that she has some catching up to do with her hind end if she's young (2-4) She has a nice jump, but her neck is set on her shoulders... I don't want to say funny, but I can't think of any word to describe where it's placed. She really cute, she just needs some cleaning up and filling out to do. =)
One more thing, lol! In the picture where she's tied to the trailer she looks like she's pulling and standing on her hind end to stay off her front feet as much as possible. See how he back legs are way under and he front legs are way out front? Anyways, I hope I could help! She'd make a cute XC horse because of her build. =)
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-30-2009, 05:16 PM
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Conformation-wise, not an attractive horse. Definitely don't breed her.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-01-2009, 07:09 PM
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I disagree, I definitely think she's an attractive horse. Maybe not built as good as she should be but her face is adorable and she has very kind eyes.
I do agree that she should not be bred as her conformation is not that good but I think she'll make a great little riding horse

As for reining, don't think she'll be good for that as how she's built. Hind leg wise that seems to be the going "conformation" on a reining horse to be camped under or parked out (depending on how the horse is standing) but she is downhill which will make it very hard for her to perform the moves that need alot of collection. If you look at the picture where she's tied to the trailer you can just tell that most of her weight is going to be on the forehand, and for a reining horse especially (or dressage) the horse's weight should be shifted to the back, I think it will be very very hard for her to do that.
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