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post #1 of 7 Old 07-19-2011, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my ex-barrel racing mare.

This is Amber. She is 20-23 years old. Her breed is an Appendix Quarter Horse. She is unregistered, but was once registered. I don't know her breeding. All I know is that her Sire was a Quarter horse, her Dam a Thoroughbred.

Amber was trained for barrel racing, but now has become my trail horse. I have had her for 5 years, this Christmas eve will be 6 years. She is basically my "Perfect" trail horse. Doesn't spook much, calm as can be. She used to be a jiggy machine on the trails, but has calmed tons. She has hock arthritis and is given a legend shot, but other than that has no arthritis anywhere else.

I would like a basic critique is all. Tell me the good, the bad, and the ugly. I can take it. :)

Oh, and I know she has a horrible swayback.

Right side,

Left side,

Butt, (love her butt!)

And her front,

Tacked up,

And a video of her in the round pen at liberty.

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-21-2011, 08:47 PM
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She's still definately got some spunk! haha. To me her back hocks seems a bit peculiar...though that could be the way she's standing. Nice front legs though, fairly straight and clean. I really can't tell anything about that hind photo though, with the way she's standing (what on earth is she doing? xD) Looks to me like she could use some weight though. Very sweet face and love the tack!

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-21-2011, 08:55 PM
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I think she may be a bit camped out in the back, but it could be the way she's standing. And theirs Two butts in the butt picture!!
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-21-2011, 09:03 PM
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She is butt high but other than that & the sway back, a rather nicely formed, older mare ;)

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-21-2011, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone :)

Sorry in her butt picture I had just scooted her over in an attempt to get her to stand without cocking her leg up. Silly mare she is. :)

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-21-2011, 10:49 PM
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First, welcome to the forum .

I agree, a nice looking older mare. Her shoulder is just a touch steep for my taste and her hocks may be just a bit sickled, but that is all I can really pick out. She appears to have nice strong legs and good bone.

She most certainly looks like a darling and I love the kind eye she has .

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-21-2011, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for welcoming me. :) She is a darling sweet old mare, and thank you for the critique. :)

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