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post #1 of 21 Old 04-27-2011, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Friesian/Morgan Mare critique

Sophie is an 8yr old Friesian/Morgan mare. I bought her last Spring from a rider who was intimidated by her quick nature and big gait and only use her for occasional walking trails so she was very green under saddle. Shes come A LONG way, and I think shes muscled up very well and would like some opinions on her. I compete in show jumping, and am getting into eventing as well. Does she look like shell excel, if so why, and if not why? Im trying to learn about comformation :)



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post #2 of 21 Old 04-27-2011, 10:17 PM
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i think she is georgeous, she's my 2 fav breeds! lol im jelouse :P
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post #3 of 21 Old 04-27-2011, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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aw thanks! Shes the first morgan and friesian ive ever come across and I cant say enough about her personality! Im in love with this breed lol. Shes has beautiful movement too!

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ive always loved morgans i learned to ride on one and fell in love with him but i moved and he passed away a few months ago, and i think friesians are just beautiful!
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As a competition type mount, I think she's lovely. She has big bone on her legs and a great big hip. Her back is longer, and will probably sway in her older years, but it seems to fit nicely with her neck (I think it's a nice length, especially for jumping). She looks like she has nice strong joints too.

The only big minus against her would be that she doesn't have a very refined head, which seems a a bit unusual for a MorganxFriesian. But, at a competition mount I think she's just fine. Her head really only counts if she was to be used as a broodmare :)

If she has the drive and push for Jumping and Eventing, go for it! She seems structurally perfect.

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The only think I can see that I would pick on is her long back. She might have a bit of trouble collecting herself easily. Other than that she is a gorgeous girl!! You're so lucky to have her! Two great breeds together. ;)

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thanks a lot guys! twogeldings, I really appreciate the critique, I do love her big bone...although she has a tendency to get on her forehand and sounds like a beast plowing through since shes heavy lol but shes stayed 100% sound! I try and do a lot of hill work with her to build up her back because I dont want it to sway. Im a light rider, muchl ighter than the 20% rule for her so im really hoping that helps to save her a little. collection is an issue but shes getting better. I know itll be an issue for a long time but thats ok, ill never need a high level of it so im fine with that :)

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to really be able to tell if she'll be good for eventing or not would be a video of her doing flat work and jumping so we can get an idea of movement and form but as far as conformation she looks pretty good. a little more sicklehocked then i like but she's built pretty well. i would def do lots of good flat work and tummy tuck exercises to help strengthen her back as it is a bit long

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I will have to see if I have any videos that are decent. I tend to be the videographer so its rare I have a video of me and Sophie! I have TONS of pictures though but no one ever seems to like taking videos lol

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ok video! Now I threw this together very quickly so I apologize the editing isnt the best :) The girl in the blue sweater doing the flat work and xrails at the end is NOT me, that is a novice rider so is learning. I feel looking at the video clips that Sophie was a little sluggish looking at the trot, the rider is very heavy in the hands with a lot of movement as well. Sophie doesnt tend to fight and toss her head around quite as much when ridden by me. I am riding her in the ring jumping clips, which are from last year when she had little jump training. That was the first time shed ever cantered a fence (the clip were she was chipping in) she was still figuring it out but she was trying! The small xrails and flat work are from last weekend, the other clip of her jumping in the field is from this winter some time, had more training and was cantering fences much better so she has improved. unfortunately I dont have many videos of me riding her to really show her off when shes using herself more appropriately, and her jumping now over something other than xrails, but hopefully this will help you guys get a little more idea for her.

Sophie is a very forgiving horse which is why im using her to help train this rider who isnt at the ability yet to ride Sophie. Shes a calm, gentle mare, just has a lot of movement and is a rather complicated ride. Please no judging or critiques on the novice rider, were working on her faults and she doesnt have the muscle to stay with Sophies movement quite yet so tends to hang on her hands and bobble in the seat. Were working on it.


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