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post #1 of 56 Old 04-30-2010, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Conformation is good....... WHAT?!

So I came across this mare, supposedly she has very good conformation and all, but what I see is an overmuscled mare with a very tiny head. I was just wondering- do you think she is well conformed/broodmare prospect?
No insult intended to the owners. Just a question.
BTW, she's a halter horse. The pic also demonstrates angles?! I'm confused.
They also said she had good balance, hip, shoulder, nice neck tied in high, and great set back withers............... please explain?
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post #2 of 56 Old 04-30-2010, 12:55 AM
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Good confo for what they expect in a halter horse. In a halter class that horse would probably do very well. In any other discipline, NO WAY. It wouldn't hold up structurally. It's bones are too tiny for it's overly large muscles and the lines they show are very different from the angles I actually see on the horse!

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I saw a great looking mare... when my screen was cutting off her lower half, and that just looks odd to me? I'm no halter expert, but from what I've seen she does fit in- but everywhere else? No way.
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The angle that's off is her shoulder slope. The mare's slope is much more vertical than their line.

The horse is kinda cool to look at....but I wouldn't want to ride her. With those posty pasterns...she'd jar the living life outta me at the trot! Not to mention breaking down.....

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Every horse would have an excellent "shoulder slope" if calculated like that; in fact her shoulder is a bit steep. The red markings mean very little to me - I will pull up one of Denny's photos and do the same thing, it means very little.
Though... in the grand scheme of things, she is a nice mare. Overmuscled for what I would like, which can make her seem unappealing, and can have a negative effect on the way she moves for us 'movin horses' types, but her base conformation is quite nice. A bit posty-hocked (of course), hind legs set back on the haunch, and a bit of a diaper butt, but all in all, I do like her.
I'm giggling over the red marks, but all in all the mare herself certainly isn't something I'd be quick to scoff at. Is she perfect? No, she has her faults, but she's nicer than a lot of "broodmares" out there that shouldn't be reproducing...

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Honestly those horses scare the crap out of me...hahaha
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So true ! So many halter horses these days in all breeds would be near useless as riding horses.

So how is it that they win in a class that is purely based on confirmation and movement ???

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post #8 of 56 Old 04-30-2010, 06:17 AM
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I have a halterbred gelding that I ride all the time. And now he's getting very nice muscles :)

I love the halter QH, they are so gorgeous.

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Folks, let's please keep this thread from becoming a Halter-bred horse bashing thread. It's a different discipline, just like every other different discipline out there. This mare, while overmuscled for my tastes, doesn't have poor conformation. I would much rather she breed (if she is HyPP/HERDA negative) than a horse with no purpose.
Again, the mare's base conformation is nice - yes she has some faults, but not many to speak of. It's the overmuscling that detracts the eye.

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post #10 of 56 Old 04-30-2010, 10:44 AM
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I like her. In fact I had a mare very similar to her. Tiny head, steep shoulder, thin neck.... She was nice to look at.
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