Conformation Critique On 4 Year Old Grade Mare Please

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    02-19-2011, 12:33 AM
Conformation Critique On 4 Year Old Grade Mare Please

I'm trying to learn more about conformation, so I am interested in any and all critique of my mare. She will be four next month. She is probably an Arab mix of some sort, but we don't know for sure. She is about 15.3 and tapes out at 900ish pounds. She has grown almost 4 inches since I first met her last spring. She is started under saddle, but not in heavy work yet. She has had most of winter off. We don't have a particular discipline other than just riding for fun-I enjoy games (Like musical stalls, etc), so we may try some of those at local fun shows some day. I'd also like to be able to hop a crossrail now and then. I ride english and bareback, but our coach is sure she would make a reining horse .She is a hairy yak right now in the photos I took yesterday for this- she is much more elegant when not so fuzzy. Hopefully these photos are good enough to give me a general idea of her strengths and weaknesses. Thanks in advance for your time.

Last Summer-just for looks

Side view on level concrete-

Front view- also teeth by accident

Other Front View-

Rear View-

I also have a video training summary of what she has learned since I got her at the end of august, and the quirks she has, if it helps to see her movement. When I got her she knew nothing- not even how to be groomed/feet picked up, and I hadn't ridden in 6 years. I think we are progressing well, even though we are going slow.


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    02-19-2011, 12:40 AM
I don't know a whole lot about horse confo but nothing is jumping out at me about her... she's very pretty! Oh and your video link doesnt work.
    02-19-2011, 01:00 AM
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She says Thorougbred to me. I would swear she has some thbd in her. Her shoulder, her front end.
The pictures are just really hard to make out due to the shadowing. I just can't see if her front legs are square or not. There is a hint of being knock kneed , but if you had good photos in natural lighting I would know better. She has plenty of bone and nice big feet. Long neck ties into the back pretty well . Upright shoulder nice hind legs.
I took a second look through her hind legs, and yes, I think she is knock kneed in front. I might not use her as a jumper if this is so. It would put a lot of strain on knees that are not aligned well. She'd do well in Western disciplines, I think.
Watch her walk from the front and see if she either swings her lower leg out and around (paddling) or swings it kind of in a semi cirlce on the inside and lands pretty close to the other front foot, almost in a line with it. Plaiting.
As if she were tight rope walking. What do you see in front when you walk her ?
    02-19-2011, 01:23 AM
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This is only what I see but. Downhill, post legged in the hind end, knock kneed (almost looks like she's base wide). Something about her withers doesnt sit right with me but I can't pin point what it is. Pretty little mare tho, I hardly see Arab in her. I agree with TB and maybe QH
    02-19-2011, 12:33 PM
Thanks all for opinions on her...she seemed very downhill to me in summer but less now. I will try the video link again when I am home. I'm not able for big jumps, let alone her but I used to enjoy 18 inch x rails. We go back and forth on breed a lot but I have heard tb before too. Whatever she is, and whatever she is good at I love her any way.
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    02-19-2011, 12:43 PM
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That is wonderful. I think she is sweet and really, only the knock knee is of any issue. She is not so post legged. And even so,, there is nothing about that which will compormise her soundness . Her knees , well they might not hold up under stress but may not be a huge issue. She is a nice horse and love her "smile".

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