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        02-20-2011, 11:14 AM
    She is very nicely put together. I really don't see anything glaringly off about her. Nice topline, good bone, pretty shoulder, pastern angles good.

    Yeah, she is a little underweight and is lacking some in muscle definition, but it's not horrible. What are you feeding her? (Type of hay, what grain etc). Have her teeth been done recently?
    Also, have you looked into using a shoulder guard or light-weight under blanket to help with those rubs?

    Her neck isn't bad at all. Just be sure she is working consistently in a correct frame, and that will aid with proper muscling.
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        02-20-2011, 11:16 AM
    She's very cute, and others have really touched on her conformation... the Safety Nut in me has to comment though... please never ever tie a horse to a gate, it's very unsafe. Especially a gate that's open and only attached at one end - if she spooked, that gate flying at her would spook her even more.
        02-20-2011, 11:37 AM
    The gate was pretty much stuck into the ground so it was not going anywhere but I know it was kinda unsafe to tie her there. I would have been able to get her out of there quick enough anyways.

    I feed her this..

    She is also on soaked beet pulp now as she is stabled.

    Her teeth were done only 4 months ago but she seems to be dropping her hay again. Not to bad but it just falls out of her mouth. And I have to say not half as a bad as another horse that is there. She chews up all of her food then every single bit of it falls out =/ I think she is getting her teeth done soon.

    How often should I get her teeth done?

    I bought a totally new rug and that doesn't rub. If I put her other one on I put a cooler rug underneath. The hair is growing back now so I guess it is working.

    And I have no idea what type of hay she gets. All I know is that it is a round bale.
        02-20-2011, 01:12 PM
    Horses generally need their teeth done once a year, but if you feel like she might need her teeth done again, call out a dentist for a consultation. She may need a check up every six months as opposed to every year.
        02-20-2011, 01:55 PM
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    Improving the horse's neck


    Take a look at picture #10. The way your mare is doing the "neck telescoping" gesture there out of excitement or impatience is something to look at and memorize. That outline is what you want to go for when you are riding her. When she does this, she engages the correct muscles to build the upper part of the neck and lift the base of the neck up into the shoulders, while the lower part of the neck is left to hang in a relaxed state.
    The trick for you will be in figuring out how much contact and in what way you can ride her that will have her in this position.
        02-21-2011, 02:27 PM
    Thanks! She does have her head like that in walk but once we trot she sticks it in the air again! But we are working on it =D I am going to maybe lunge her in side reins once a week to see if that helps.

    So since her conformation is fairly good will she make a good jumper?

    She can jump up to 3 ft now but anything higher kinda scares her. Hopefully she gets out of that.

    I am worried her legs are too fragile for jumping but are they not?

    From now on she will be wearing boots on all 4 legs because she is lame in her fetlock and I want her totally protected! When she is better of course.

    And also is her topline good enough? I was thinking maybe it could be better. She was beside another TB the same age and hers just seemed more swayed to me. His was a lot flatter.
        02-21-2011, 02:50 PM
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    Your horse does not strike me as fragile. Her bone is good. She can do well at jumping, buthow high is not just up to her conformation, but to her "heart".
    If she is scared of higher, then maybe she'll be a good 3' hunter only. Anything wrong with that?
    Next winter, when you do your hunter trace clip, leave some hair on her shoulders to protect them from the blanket.
        02-21-2011, 02:54 PM
    I am not going to clip her next winter. She hated it and now when she hears the clippers she gets terrified. No points anyways. The hair grows back after two weeks especially if it is really cold.

    Thank you =D She used to be scared to jump anything because she had never jumped before but 3ft is perfect yes =P I do not want to jump higher than that any time soon
        02-21-2011, 04:10 PM
    Yep my mare is a TB too
        02-21-2011, 04:21 PM
    The first horse, the one pawing the gate - first, don't tie to a gate, please. Tie to a solid post, please. I know it's only a few seconds for photos, but you don't want your horse running around with a gate tied to it. Yes, I know the horse never would pull back from the gate, and he's very well mannered; so is everyone else's horse. Yet it happens. Tie to a post, please.

    That horse looks too thin. All the ribs can be seen and the topline is not well covered with muscle and fat; it also needs more muscle from consistent, correct riding.

    The conformation of the horse is fine, but he looks in rough condition - needs muscle, fat, feet done, etc.

    "How can I make her neck look better, I hate it".

    Thoroughbred horses look their best when they are at a condition score of about 5, and are getting plenty of correct, consistent riding, month in and out, to develop muscles on their hind quarters, back and topline.

    They can look 'fat' in the belly, but it's just a haybelly, and the muscles on the neck, back and hind quarter are not built up.

    What builds up muscle? Correct riding.

    The mare is also somewhat thin and needs some fat to improve the coat condition.

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