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post #1 of 12 Old 08-14-2009, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my new mare

Here is my new mare. She was a free horse that my friend had at her place and her owner dropped her off and never paid board or heard from. She is about 6 years old and about 14 hands. I will tape her soon to find out her real height. She has not been ridden in the last two years, except what I have done with her in the last two days.

She was broke in a high ported, long shanked western bit, so for the first ride I have her in a low port kemberwicke. I plan switch her to a plain snaffle, but some horses that where broke in a harsh bit like that will run out in a snaffle. I just wanted to get an idea of what she would do first.

She is really calm and pretty relaxed for a horse that has not been messed with in so long. She is also a quick study. She obveously had never been lunged before and is catching on quick.

I really just want a critique on her conformation. I know she is a little cow hocked and her top line needs muscling up. I plan on using her for lower level dressage and hunters.

Here is a side shot.

From the front.

From the back.

And a shoulder shot.

Here she is with tack.

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-15-2009, 12:27 AM
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i dont know alot about this, but to me her shoulder looks a little too upright, her back a little short, her hind feet are turned out but ive seen some horses that are just lazy and just stand like that so you really have to see them walk to be sure..
she's pretty though!
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-15-2009, 12:41 AM
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Pretty girl. Her shoulder looks pretty upright, she looks cow hocked, and looks like she stands under herself in the front. But i dont think these are major flaws, for a free horse you got a very nice deal.

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post #4 of 12 Old 08-15-2009, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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The shoulders are the one area of conformation that I have a hard time judging. She is pretty rough at the trot, but I thought that it might smooth out with more work and when she gets better at a steady rhythm. Like I said she had not been ridden in a while and even then I doubt she had much training.
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post #5 of 12 Old 09-10-2009, 12:21 AM
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She has tiny feet. I would be worried about that.
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-10-2009, 02:33 PM
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She is adorable!! If she goes missing one day... I don't know who it was...

She seems a little heavy in the front end. But it could be that fact she just looks very well-fed that is throwing me off. lol. She has a very feminine look to her, I love that in the mares. And she could use some overall muscling, but you already know that.

She is so cute... Good luck with her!
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-10-2009, 11:43 PM
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Wow, high withers. But she is darned cute.
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-10-2009, 11:49 PM
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SHe's a cute little mare!!! I don't see any reason at all why she wouldn't be able to do low level dressage for you. I know nothing baout hunters so won't go there! But dressage, yeah for sure, would love to see her moving. If you let her lose in a round yard/arena and she goes for a bit of a trot/canter around, does she sit back and take the weight on her hind legs or does she fall onto the forehand? When you're looking for something for dressage, ideally when they're 'free' they will naturally take the weight over thie hind quarters- makes your job a heck of a lot easier!!
Best of luck with her she's a lovely little mare, I really like her ;)
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post #9 of 12 Old 09-11-2009, 01:15 AM
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She's gorgeous! Yep, cow hocked & very narrow chested, but if you're not planning on doing really athletic stuff with her that shouldn't matter.

Short backed horses are often a bit 'rough' in the trot, but it looks as tho her front heels are quite high & contracted, which is a common reason for 'choppiness' - you try getting around everywhere in stillettos! Fixing her feet(which is most likely diet related as well as mechanical) should help her & you be more comfortable, not to mention help her become sound & strong footed.
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-11-2009, 04:13 AM
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^^ agreed, upright shoulder, and narrow chest.
but she looks very cute! good luck
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