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post #1 of 11 Old 08-18-2010, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Critique this mare for me

This is my neighbors mare Cady she's 12 year old Paint. I absoutly love her. I won't be able to start riding her until it cools off but I also cannot ride her during the day because of the cancer she had. The vet thinks he got rid of it but to be safe he said, to keep her inside an keep a fly mask on her as well.

She is trained as a reiner but they don't compete or do any reining on her. So I am allowed to ride her english my neighbor said, would it be ok to teach her english cues? Jumping? I have permission.




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Conformation wise, I'm seeing a downhill conformation, straight shoulder, short neck, and thick throat latch. Her feet look turned out in the back as well and her head isn't very refined.

I wouldn't recommend her as a breeding or competition mare because of her downhill build, she might be okay for small jumps. BUT, I LOVE her color! She looks like a really sweet mare and is adorable to boot. As a riding horse, she appears to have a laid back personality while still being a goof. My extremely goofy gelding's ears stick out to both sides like that when he's happy and relaxed. I don't see why you couldn't do some English with her :)

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What an interesting marking on her right side! Is it a different color? It looks like she's got a black eye! Do you have pictures from the other side?

I think it's great for a horse to be versatile and learn English and Western! Good luck with her :) I'm curious how much you'll be able to accomplish if you can't ride her during the day time though? Is there a local indoor arena you can use?



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Thank-you.
I will just be using her so I can practice on what ever my coach wants me to practice. I had my horse boarded but she's retired so I put her at my Grandpas farm so my neighbor is letting me use her horse. I will still be getting lessons once I get a job so I can pay for the lessons :) I have been riding a lot so I am pretty good at my riding.

I will get more pics :) I plan on walkin back there tonight since its behind my house. An no they don't have a covered arena and they work during the day and would rather be with me when I am riding.
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Conformation wise, I'm seeing a downhill conformation, straight shoulder, short neck, and thick throat latch. Her feet look turned out in the back as well and her head isn't very refined.

I wouldn't recommend her as a breeding or competition mare because of her downhill build, she might be okay for small jumps. BUT, I LOVE her color! She looks like a really sweet mare and is adorable to boot. As a riding horse, she appears to have a laid back personality while still being a goof. My extremely goofy gelding's ears stick out to both sides like that when he's happy and relaxed. I don't see why you couldn't do some English with her :)
What do you mean? Downhill build? My mare was a downhill built mare and she did fine competing? I competed her in hunters and a little eventing.. I don't understand a lot of horses are downhill built. Maybe you can exsplain because I don't do much confo critiqueing I don't know much about it. I just know my mare is as well downhill built.
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what twogeldings means is that because her conformation is downhill, it puts more stress on her front joints which can lead to more lameness problems in the future. Usually you look for a horse who has an uphill build for jumping because jumping already stresses these joints. This can also make it hard for her to collect on the flat

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I'd say give it a try. She does seem slightly sickle-hocked, though, which isn't necessarily a good thing if you're going to be jumping her (jumping can put alot of strain on the back legs if they're sickled), but I suppose so long as you keep the jumps smaller she would do fine. Lovely looking girl.

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hmm.
I never had that problem with my old horse.

But ok.

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Almost any horse can do a little jumping. She isn't built like the average english horse, but it should be fine to teach her. Just don't jump too often. Twice a week is plenty, especially since she doesn't have the ideal conformation for it. Also, make sure you are both comfortable on the flat before jumping and start with cavelleti. Have fun!
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Almost any horse can do a little jumping. She isn't built like the average english horse, but it should be fine to teach her. Just don't jump too often. Twice a week is plenty, especially since she doesn't have the ideal conformation for it. Also, make sure you are both comfortable on the flat before jumping and start with cavelleti. Have fun!
Okay thanks.
I won't be doing much jumping let alone at all if they arent ok with it. I did jumping with my mare. Babee she was a WP mare. Bred and hadnt done any english at all.
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