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post #11 of 19 Old 01-17-2010, 11:35 PM
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She's lovely, over all, and fairly well balanced.

She is cowhocked, and toed out in the backend ...even without a rear shot, that is actually fairly obvious by her stance.

She is a bit long backed, and has a shorter rounded croup, rather than a nice slope. That's probably in part of her Arab side, though, and certainly isn't a life threatening or career threatening in any way. Her hocks are set pretty high as well, now that could make it really hard for her to collect, especially because she's already hip high.

She has a decent shoulder and neck, although her throatlatch is a bit thick; that could be helped some with a lot of bending exercises mainly to help her become supple; even a horse with a thick throatlatch can be supple, it's just a matter of 'training' those muscles. Neck sweats can help some too.

Over all, I think she's a really cute little horse, and she should do fairly well in what ever you choose.

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post #12 of 19 Old 01-18-2010, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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thanks, all her critiques are pretty spot on with what i've encountered along her training. she has a tendency to be a bit of a steel horse...but i try to put her through horsey yoga everyday so we will see if we improve further. i am hoping to complete a bit of dressage with her, possibly show. Everyone thinks I should breed her, but the whole idea makes me nervous. pehaps when she is older she;ll give birth to my next heir. :) thanks!
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-18-2010, 10:10 AM
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I also have a half-arab paint! He is so amazingly smart! I am going to be doing western such as playdays, cattle sorting and trailriding. Maybe later on I will try some english hunter jumping. He is 16 hands and turning 4 next month. Such spirit and elegance!
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-18-2010, 11:32 AM
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post #15 of 19 Old 01-18-2010, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Seahorseys View Post
but i try to put her through horsey yoga everyday
sorry i just pictured your horse in the "tree" stance going "oooaaammmmm, ooooaaaammmmmm" lol.

anyway, i agree with other confo crit., but shes very very pretty.
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-18-2010, 12:22 PM
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marking are beautiful and she's blacker than black! really pretty

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post #17 of 19 Old 01-18-2010, 10:28 PM
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She looks very pigeon-toed in the front, and possibly cow-hocked, although I personally think it's probably the way she's standing. She also looks over at the knee. She has a lovely arch to her neck, and lovely markings. I would have expected a daintier face on an Arab cross, but overall she's really an eye-catcher. :)
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post #18 of 19 Old 02-27-2010, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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I know you can't tell from the pictures because her head is dark...but...
Is there any reason why Frida would develop thick muscles behind her throatlatch that almost bulge on either side? It is definitely a muscle, not an medical issue (i had it checked by a vet) What is she doing that could have caused the over-development of these muscles???
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post #19 of 19 Old 02-27-2010, 11:41 PM
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I agree with her being splay footed and cow hocked. She's also got a bit of a sway back starting and a goose rump. As long as they don't get any worse she should be ok.
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