Sonora is out of my main mare Sterling. She is 5 this year and will never be sold. I haven't done much under saddle with her yet because we moved away from all the arenas in my life and haven't set up a round pen yet. I've been on her a dozen times or so and she is HIGH strung which is what I expected. She was originally going to be my barrel racing replacement for her Mother but now I'm on to just trails. It's going to be interesting getting her calmed down enough to do trails!!! But hey, maybe I'll go back to barrel racing once my son is a little older!
I only have one shot of her, none from the front or back. . So I know you can't tell too much but just wanted opinions on her!!
Yeah, the first open show we went to was an arabian based show and the judged thought she was full Arabian. (she was only 7 months old at the time). She certainly got her Mother's head!! Although her Dad was a nice looker as well.
As for critique:
- neck is too short and doesn't slope into shoulders well
- nice-sized head
- long back
- maybe a bit camped out (could be the photo)
- tiny bit butt high
- looks like she'd be heavy on the forehand
- nice shoulder muscling
- butt muscles could use work
Thanks everyone!! Thought I'd add a picture of her Mother! Sterling is my soul mate and she is the best horse I've ever owned. She's 20 this year and is starting to show her age but she still hits the trail like she's an endurance horse. She and I did barrels back a few years ago and she was great at that.
She has a lot of conformation faults. I tried really hard to select a stallion that could 'fix' them if I got lucky and I have to say I'm pleased overall with how Sonora has turned out. I'd breed her to him again. (if I had it to do again)
Anyways, this is a side shot of Sterling and you can see how loooooong she is and sway backed, her hocks are set too high, her shoulder is a too steep, Butt is high, and out of shape. You can't tell it but she's cow hocked. This was prior to getting back into shape this spring. (it's a late winter shot) She looks much better with muscle!