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    07-06-2010, 12:26 PM
Critique Please :D Not the best pictures, though. . .

This is Sage. 4 y/o grade Appendix QH mare. I've lost my camera usb cord, so I just uploaded older pictures I already had. I know they're not ideal conformation shots, but comment if you'd like. These pictures are about 1 month old. She is quite a bit underweight- I had just gotten her home from 2 months at the the "trainer" (grr. . . That's another story!) Anyways, she's gained a bit since then. My goals for her are mainly trail riding, but I may like to do some low level eventing one of these years. . .
Thanks for any imput!

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    07-06-2010, 01:15 PM
I wanted to add that I'm definitely not planning to breed her, so no need to critique her potential as a broodmare. And, you can't see in these pictures, but her off fore hoof tends to grow a tad clubby. The near fore has a pretty long toe in these pictures, but she has since been trimmed. The club "ish" foot causes no soundness issus, but she does "paddle" a bit in the front. . . Not sure if that is because of the hoof, or something skeletal, or what. Would paddling and one slightly upright hoof be something that would interfere with her ability to do really low level eventing? She just turned 4, so I haven't ever tried jumping her, though I'll probably do a tiny bit free lunging over poles/ really small crossrails later this summer, just to see how she handles herself.
    07-06-2010, 03:08 PM
    07-06-2010, 03:10 PM
It really depends, if she is paddling at 4 I would expect the beginnings of some bony changes/arthritis by 8 under moderate use, under light use you could suspend that to maybe 12? Jumping at any height or intensity is at least moderate use.
Correct farrier work is crucial to maintaining soundness. The reason (most likely) that she is paddling is because her knees are uneven - this stems from the feet being a different shape. Get a farrier in that will get the knees level and the feet with the same front and back angles and work to correct the size of the clubbed foot. It is ideal to get them trimmed every 4 weeks if possible.

It looks to me like she has a roached back and too long hindlegs as well - this puts more pressure on the front legs and makes correcting her feet even more crucial to her soundness.

Good luck!
    07-06-2010, 03:23 PM
Thanks! I'm not going to push the jumping issue if it will be detrimental. What is a roached back?
    07-06-2010, 03:49 PM
So I googled roached back. . . ACK! Some terrible scary pictures out there for sure! Compared to the pictures I saw, hers doesn't look so bad. . . But, I'm certainly no expert- hence the reason I'm on here asking for input ! Is the degree of her conformational imperfection going to affect her usability as a trail/general purpose riding horse? Thanks. . .
    07-06-2010, 06:02 PM
Another thing~ She has been barefoot her entire life. I'm not a big fan of shoes at all, but in everyone's opinion, might shoes on the front help with the paddling issue? Apperently, the more upright hoof (I don't believe it is truly clubbed, but it is different from the other front hoof. . .) is a foot that she injured on a gate as a yearling. It is less upright then when I bought her last year, so I have hopes that with regular trimming it will become more normal. . . She has never been lame in the year I have owned her. I am not attached to doing high performance stuff with her, but if she is likely to become unsound in four more years just from trail riding, honestly I will probably give her away well before then. I have a friend who basically wants a horse to trail ride VERY occasionally, and if that is what she is likely suited for, they might be the perfect match! But, I really like her, and prefer to keep her if she will be suitable for moderate use. So, I'm really interested to hear more opinions!!
    07-06-2010, 06:07 PM
I think she is very pretty!
    07-06-2010, 07:32 PM
Thanks! Me too.
    07-06-2010, 07:53 PM
I didn't see anything about her conformation that would prevent her from being a trail horse. Since you say she is slightly club-footed, I would avoid jumping since that would put extra pressure on the hoof. I have read that you have to be careful about trying to correct a club hoof because you can make them lame in the process, but I don't have any personal experience with it.

I think she's pretty.

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