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    03-02-2010, 05:55 PM
critique this mammoth

This is Bubbles, percheron and qh. I was politely told that she has awful conformation by the barn owner at the last place I boarded. What do you think? I realize the first shot is at a bit of an angle, I didnt notice until just now.
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    03-02-2010, 05:59 PM
Sorry, no critique from me. But I just wanted to say that I think she's toooo cute.
    03-02-2010, 06:07 PM
Thank you :) she's a little turd, but I love her.
    03-02-2010, 06:36 PM
From my point of view I think that the BO was envious . The horse is just adorable.
From the pictures she seems to be a bit under herself in the front. In the first picture she seems to be coon footed a bit but it can be because of the snow, I can say exactly. And she has short neck and she may be downhill.
But surely she hasn't awful conformation as you were told. I think that she is beautiful, love her mane and face.
    03-02-2010, 06:47 PM
Green Broke
IMO she's beautifully put together!!! I love her! She has nice legs. And has some faults but her body nicely flows together. :)
    03-02-2010, 07:07 PM
*whew* well that makes me feel alot better. Thanks for the input and kind words. Im not familiar with the term "coon footed". I looked it up and couldnt find anything.
    03-02-2010, 07:15 PM
Originally Posted by Bubbles101    
*whew* well that makes me feel alot better. Thanks for the input and kind words. Im not familiar with the term "coon footed". I looked it up and couldnt find anything.
It may not be as I said, it just seems to appear only in the first photo. So it may be due to her position or because of the snow. And anyway it's not so pronounced as in this the photo. It's possible to be wrong so a more experienced person from this forum could give you a better opinion on this one.


The slope of hoof wall is steeper than the pastern, often associated with long, sloping pasterns tending to the horizontal, which breaks the angulation between pastern and hoof. Usually seen in rear feet, esp in post-legged horses. Coon feet are sometimes due to a weak suspensory that allows the fetlock to drop.
    03-02-2010, 11:55 PM
Beatiful!!! Nothing else said>>>umm can I have her adress I wanna come and steal her!!!

    03-03-2010, 12:21 AM
She looks like she might be slightly pigeon toed, but again, that could just be the snow, or the way she was standing. And she definitely looks like her croup is higher than her withers, which is a big one for me, being a dressage rider, but as said above, she flows together nicely even with her couple of "faults", and she looks like she moves nice, and as along as you love her, that's all that matters. I absolutely love that butt though. I do jumpers as well, and I'm very envious about her butt. Its nicely muscled, and got a slope to it, instead of the flat table top type butt I've seen. I would guess that either the BO was jealous, or she was coming from the standpoint of some other breed or discipline she does that this horse doesn't fit into, so therefore she's got "bad" conformation. Give yourself a pat on the back for finding such a cute horse.
    03-03-2010, 08:52 AM
I also think "awful conformation" is a bit strong. She's built exactly what I would expect her to be built like as a QH/draft cross. Her "faults" or characteristics are pretty much as others have mentioned - butt high, steep croup, less than ideal shoulder angle for a hunter/jumper/dressage, less angle in her stifle and hock than ideal. In the trot photo, she doesn't have a lot of free movement in her shoulder (ie, she doesn't move like a hunter or dressage horse.) but again, that's exactly what I'd expect.

I don't have a firm opinion either way on the coon footed without better photos.

You *could* pick her confo apart all day, but why? She's a sturdy, useful type that's not likely to have soundness problems. She can probably do anything you want her to do as a pleasure horse and occassional low level competition.

She is not a sport horse type, but again, she wasn't bred to be.

If she does what you want her to do, ignore any comments on her conformation and enjoy her.

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