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post #1 of 10 Old 12-04-2010, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Critique Mare, eventer/jumper prospect.

I'm interested in this mare as an eventer/jumper, primarily jumper though.

I know she has tack on which unfortunatly adds to the difficulty of an accurate critique but give it a go if you have the time.

I like her overall structure, not so keen on how light boned she seems, needs weight/muscle and she is only a 3yr old. Never raced.
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-04-2010, 02:39 AM
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She very pretty. a bit of weight won't hurt her, she has long legs.
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-04-2010, 04:07 AM Thread Starter
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Agree on the long legs haha :)

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Maybe it's just me but her neck looks a little short compared to her body. Also, does she toe out on her front legs? I like the way she's put together overall and she's got one of those adorable sweet faces! I think she'll definitely be a looker though when she gets some muscle on her and finishes growing!

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I think developing her muscle properly through dressage will go a long way in making her look better put together.

With a horse that has longer legs, you will want to opt for optimum distances at the fences, they usually have a little bit more difficulty getting everything out of the way in a tight spot.

Jumping/Eventing is all about heart, if she's got that, then you'll be good. Personally I think she's cute and look forward to seeing how she develops with work.
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If you truly want an accurate confo analysis, take a photo without tack. Being able to see her wither, back and loin and how they tie together is key.

Looking at this photo, my two biggest areas of concern are her pasterns - fairly long and possibly weak and her neck - some of the under muscling is age and lack of fitness and as previously suggested, dressage work/correct flat work will help. However, her neck ties on high to a fairly upright shoulder, and that is a liability in a jumping horse, and flat work won't fix that.

There's certainly nothing about her that suggests that she couldn't be successful at the lower levels of eventing or jumping; to know if she's capable of going farther, her confo and development at 4 or 5 and her attitude towards her work will be better indicators.
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She seems nice, nice and stocky... I agree that she looks toed out in front, but it's hard to tell from the angle. Im sure that if you posted a pic without tack, you would get more accurate critiques. Good luck with her, she's cute

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I had a mare that was built just like that and was a terrible jumper. She was fast, mind you, but she had terrible stamina. She is now a polo lesson horse.

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post #9 of 10 Old 12-04-2010, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, I don't have anymore pictures as she is a fair way away and I'm still debating if I should go see her or not.

I asked about videos so I will, hopefully, have them soon.

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I agree with everyone that you're going to need pictures w/o a saddle to get a better idea. but there are two things that stood out to me. Bad neck, great ass.

You can tell by her neck that she isn't one to naturally collect, so in advance that's going to be your first obstacle, if you do want to event. That being said she has a very nicely built hind end that with time to grow some muscle will make her a nice stadium jumper.
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