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    10-12-2011, 04:46 PM
Friesian/Morgan Cross mare

I would like a critique on my Friesian/Morgan cross mare. I posted on her previously but didnt get many critiques for her so Im trying again. She is 8yrs old, used as a walking trail horse and had terrible training until I bought her last May. Was restarted and now working towards show jumping and eventing (both of which she's shown in locally this year and done well.) Im wanting a critique for her as more of an eventing horse since im trying to transition over to that. Does she seem well suited for the discipline? What level do you think she could be limited to based on conformation? (well be doing BN in november, but if she could make it to training thatd be great, but that is a few years down the road.) Im also going to post in the dressage section for tips on how to get farther in her training so if you have suggestions for me please let me know!
Thanks for the help guys! And sorry if the pics arent amazing, I have several so hopefully one of them will work ok!

A jumping shot, I believe this fence was around 2'9 or 3'

Galloping in the field, to me she steps under nicely and shows potential but then again I havent a clue about a horse really using themselves so dressage riders please help :)
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    10-12-2011, 04:51 PM
Two things stand out to me...

First, her back seems fairly long. This means you'll have to work on building up her abdominal muscles to help support that long back.

Second, I can't tell if she's sickle-hocked or standing camped out. I'm leaning more toward her being fairly sickle-hocked. I know this effects their jumping ability, but someone with a bit more experience may be able to explain exactly how.
    10-12-2011, 05:30 PM
Its sickle-hocked. I think so myself (although I am not so good at conformation :) ) but I've also had others say that as well. As for the long back, I do a lot of hill work and long and low to build her back up, any other exercise suggestions?
    10-12-2011, 05:50 PM
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How old is she? It appears to me that she has the beginnings of a sway-back; often a side affect of a long back.

What level are you wanting her to reach? I don't see her as being much more than a lower level eventer, or perhaps a hunter. Long backed horses often have a hard time 'bringing themselves in' on the jumps. She has a clean looking jump though, from what I can see in that one picture.
    10-12-2011, 06:25 PM
Endiku she is 8, I've asked the vet about her back, its not swayed. She just has a "curvy" back which he said is common for Friesians, and her big high wither gives her the appearance of it but he said after the wither its straight. She also has a lot more muscle built up, the confo photos were after her many years as a pasture puff and occasional walking trail ride lol. Its not that curved now.

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