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post #1 of 26 Old 11-07-2010, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation Critique please!

Ok so here are some pictures of my mare. I'm aware that she's kind of a fluffy mutt but she's the best in my opinion. I bought her because I already knew she was perfect for me, not for anything in particular. My plan is to show occasionally in equitation over fences, and go on some hunter paces. She's obviously not a hunter! Haha. Her sire was a Cleveland Bay Sporthorse (CB x TB) and her dam was 3/4 Percheron and 1/4 Welsh Pony (I know, her gransire is Perch x Welsh and he's like a percheron in 13.2hh form its so adorable!).

I'm just wondering if there are any major flaws in her conformation that might affect her health or athleticism that I should watch out for and maybe find exercises to keep them from becoming a problem. I'm already aware that she is slightly cow hocked although you can't see it in this picture. Please let me know anything you see and thanks for the critique!

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post #2 of 26 Old 11-07-2010, 05:55 PM
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She has a really calm, quiet eye - bet nothing really bothers her!

The only thing I see (and I'm no good at confo) is that she is slightly downhill, which will make her travel a bit heavy in front. I don't know how much that will affect her over fences...

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Haha no, nothing bothers her at all. She's the most bombproof horse I have ever met, not to say she doesn't have her moments because she does, but she's a big puppy dog.

I definitely see that she is downhill, and she does travel on her front end, but she also absolutely loves to jump, so she perks up after the first fence and we have no problems then.
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Anyone else have any more critiques? Please be honest!
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I actually quite like her. She's got a good bone to her leg (thanks Perch Granddaddy!) and I love the look of her pasterns. A good slope, length and strong bone. She has a nice shoulder slope and isn't built too 'drafty' up front. Nice round backside and rump. I don't see the downhill but I am always pretty forgiving on the downhill stuff. The only thing I see is that she is a bit posty on the backside. Not much bend in her hock. Other than that I think she's a great little using horse. I don't know much about hunters and jumpers but I know she has the build to be athletic.
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The first thing I noticed, was that her head seamed large, but after reading about her breeding, I can understand why....! She has her granddaddies head! LOL, like you said, you already know she's the horse for you. Have fun with her! AS IS!

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@corinowalk - Thank you! I rode her for her former owner to help train her for two years before I bought her, and I was always told she was an ugly looking mutt of a horse who wouldn't be able to do much. I listened of course, but I'm always one for trying something myself before I believe it. A few 3ft logs later and I was no longer a believer in her lack of athleticism!! Haha. What do you mean by 'posty' though in her hocks? Just wondering :)

@Cowboy Ken - Her head is enormous! She's only 16hh and I have to buy oversize or draft halters and bridles, it's insane! When I got her, I e-mailed her breeder who told me she is registered as a Cleveland Bay partbred so I looked up a lot of information about the breed. Turns out two of their most defining characteristics is a VERY large head and blue hooves (yes blue, and she has them! When they're clean her hooves have a navy blue sheen to them!).
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I kept looking at her trying to figure out what looked so....off. The more I look the more I think it is simply her over sized head.

She certainly looks very serviceable to me. Cute horse.
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There is a Percheron across the way...
When he comes running up, the earth rumbles....!
Your horse has a velvateen appearance as well....
I'd call her Velvet!

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I kept looking at her trying to figure out what looked so....off. The more I look the more I think it is simply her over sized head.

She certainly looks very serviceable to me. Cute horse.
=P thanks her head is a bit large haha. Just cover it with your hand to see the rest of her conformation if it helps. With her winter coat coming in, it makes it look even bigger. One winter we clipped her all except her head and legs and she looked absolutely ridiculous. Her head looked about 400x too big for her neck, like it was so heavy she wouldn't be able to carry it! Thank you though :)
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