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post #11 of 26 Old 11-08-2010, 03:17 PM
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Posty...in her hocks. Its pretty straight back there...you would want to see a bit more bend to the hock. Not much more but a bit. While she is a mutt...shes certainly not the worst I have ever seen...not by FAR.
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I agree, Cori, she is posty.

I still think she is a cute girl.
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Posty...in her hocks. Its pretty straight back there...you would want to see a bit more bend to the hock. Not much more but a bit. While she is a mutt...shes certainly not the worst I have ever seen...not by FAR.
Would the straight hind legs cause her any problems in the long run? Would it cause more stress on the joints in her back legs or anything?

The mix she is is actually really popular, the breeder said. She has about 4-5 full blood brothers and sisters that are all doing great things. A few look just like her and a few got more of the cleveland bay sporthorse look from the sire and less percheron.
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The way she is standing she looks (trying to remember what it is called) calf kneed/back at the knee. She has very short pasterns, which makes for a rough ride. I do like how laid back her shoulder is. She also has a very kind eye.
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The way she is standing she looks (trying to remember what it is called) calf kneed/back at the knee. She has very short pasterns, which makes for a rough ride. I do like how laid back her shoulder is. She also has a very kind eye.
I think the calf kneed is just the way she is standing in this picture. I looked at a few other pictures I have of her and it doesn't look that way in them, but I will take a look next time I go over to see her.

What do you mean by rough ride? As in bouncy/choppy at the trot/canter? Or rough on her legs/joints? Haha she's about as smooth as they come in the way of trotting, and has a very smooth, with a little rocking-horse movement at the canter, it's very comfortable.
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she's a cutie! I see a really nice kind, gentle eye. Not that "color matters" but I like the sharp all black/dark look :) Nothing really "bothers" me conformation wise on her.
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I love her head! It's big, but so cute! She seems like a pretty nice girl. What stands out to me is her hind end. SHe is pretty straight, and something about that hock bugs me. Does she have an old injury? If not and that is the way that hock is, I think she may be prone to curbs under very hard work. This can be a result of the postishness (take THAT grammar police!) of her hind end. Her heart girth is also a little shallow, which may just be an effect of her being slightly downhill.

She seems like a super nice horse, and I'm so glad you enjoy her!

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@New image - I love her coloring too. In the winter she is very dark and velevety. In the summer though she gets a lot of red hues, and is actually brindled on her sides (hence her name). It's not super obvious, but just faint red and brown strips on her barrel that are really stunning.

@shesinthebarn - She has no old injuries that I'm aware of, and I've known her for almost 2 years now and I've spoken with the breeder who had her before that and she never mentioned anything.
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her back seems quite short, so do her pasterns. But she is ADORABLE!!!

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She is downhill, and she has a bit of a weak topline. Her rear legs seem a bit posty, and she has shorter pasterns than I like to see...

However, that said, she has a soft kind eye, a decent hip and shoulder, and her flaws are not so devastating that she shouldn't be able to do what you want with her for quite some time. If this is the horse in your avator, then I'd say she is more than able to do what you want...she has a nice jump, that's for sure!

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