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post #1 of 16 Old 03-08-2011, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation Critique

I'm going to post a bunch of pictures of Saphira, I finally got some nice conformation photos, and tell me what you think, what are her strengths, and what are her flaws. What weaknesses does she have that can be fixed by training, and what exercises should I do to help strengthen those areas. She was on a slight slope, but she is definitely a bit butt high even on flat ground. Just because I'm excited, I'm also going to post the one picture I have of me riding her. I'm doing them in two separate posts, because I have a lot of pictures. She has never been asked to stand square before, so I'm posting lots of photos to get the best possible views for critiquing. She is due in about 2 weeks for her feet to be done again, and I am going to be trying out a new farrier, as the last one left her toes a bit long, and trimmed her heels a bit too much IMO.
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-08-2011, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Here is the second bunch of photos.
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post #3 of 16 Old 03-09-2011, 12:17 AM
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I'm afraid I can't help you with conformation but she's beautiful!!

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To my eye, she looks a touch long through the back and loins. That's something you can't fix, the best you can do is encourage her to work correctly so that they aren't strained. Hill work will also help build up the muscles.

Her neck is a bit on the skinny side. This is correctable. Lots of work, but working correctly. As her topline builds up, her neck will thicken too.

She also looks to turn out slightly behind, but it isn't much and not major.

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post #5 of 16 Old 03-09-2011, 02:42 PM
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Long/weak back, coupling over the rump is peaked and would be better smooth, High rump, over straight hind leg (note angle of hind feet comparter to front.. they should be steeper than the fronts but these inds are exceptionally steep, as they do need to be for her hind leg conformation), high hocks, sickle hocked, dip behind her whithers (don't carry back into her back smoothly), tied in below the knee (right front), narrow chest (common in Arabs so that may be OK for the breed), low angle on the front feet (due to pasterns that are weak and low angled), weak neck with a high neck set combined with a low shoulder set (head carriage will be high), offset cannons.

Correct hind leg (when standing behind), large hocks, flat knees, well proportioned, nice color.

This horse needs a ton of hill work (trotting up long hills) to strengthen her abdominal muscles to support her back and stretch her top line. In the photo of her trotting (the one here) she is reaching nicely under her with her hind foot and is on her forehand (note both hind feet are off the ground and one front is grounded).

She will be a difficult horse to get round (it can be done) and to collect. Lots of trot transitions from collected to extended and back to collected (think of an accordian), lots of circles, caveletti and hills, hills, hills....

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post #6 of 16 Old 03-11-2011, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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bump :) thank you for the replies so far.
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post #7 of 16 Old 03-11-2011, 05:01 PM
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She seems very weak in the loin and post legged. But the back and overall topline could be improved by correctly riding or working her through her back.

That's all the input I have, not my breed

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post #8 of 16 Old 03-14-2011, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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bump, again thank you for the replies so far.
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post #9 of 16 Old 03-15-2011, 01:19 AM
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I think Elana said it pretty well. To her credit, she is stepping under nicely in that trot and you look to be a very competent rider!
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post #10 of 16 Old 03-15-2011, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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I do just have a question, what do you mean about offset cannons, and tied in below the knee? I love learning all I can about conformation, and while its easy to look at someone else's horse and pick them apart, its harder on your own horse. Which is why I've been bumping it, because some people might pick up on things others haven't, and I want as many critiques as possible. Thanks for all your answers so far.
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