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post #1 of 6 Old 03-14-2009, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Developing an eye for conformation...

Hello all,

Lately I've taken some interest in learning to evaluate a horse's conformation and suitability for a certain discipline (Dressage in my case). Sometime way off in the future I plan on adopting a BLM mustang. I go to their internet adoption site off and on to take a look at some of the horses being adopted and play something of a "judge the conformation" game with myself. There's two in particular that I thought looked pretty good... to my semi-trained eye.

If anyone's got the time and would like to, I'd like to see what you think of these two. Do you agree that they look pretty well put together? What are the good things/bad things you see in them? Another question I have is whether they look like they're at the right amount of development for their ages (one is a yearling, the other is 2 yrs).

You'll have to excuse the muddiness/shaggyness... they're wild so they haven't really been groomed for show. ^_^ If you click on the images they'll get bigger usually.

Yearling palomino colt:

2yr chestnut colt:
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-15-2009, 09:31 PM
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Sorry, my computer decided not to load the links :(

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Hmm... that is odd, it's being somewhat ornery for me now too. I'll fiddle with it when I get a chance and see if I can't just post a few of the pics directly on here...
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The links don't work as the site's down on maintenance.

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-16-2009, 09:33 AM
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Same prob as the others! I'm eager to see too cuz I am working on my ability to judge conformation too
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-16-2009, 01:46 PM
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I like the Palamino, I think he looks well balanced overall (all his parts go together) and he's got nice bone! Sturdy looking guy. Looks like he may have some really nice movement too! If I could afford another horse I would totally take him on.

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