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post #1 of 7 Old 11-22-2010, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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I'd just like to know about her conformation, thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-22-2010, 11:45 PM
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She's built very downill, so it's going to be hard to get her working off the forehead. My guess is she sometimes leans on the bit. She seems to be a tad cow-hocked and splay-footed and her shoulder is pretty straight. Her neck needs more muscle, which should get rid of the dip along the topline there. Her rear end is disproportionate to her front end, it kind of looks like two different horses. However, I LOVE that she has pretty large feet, a deep chest, and short back, though.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-23-2010, 12:39 AM
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I don't see the points that Equinifle pointed out as strongly as she does, but your horse is downhill. Hey, most qh's are, arent they? She has a nice hindquarter and nice legs. I dont see an Cow hocks, but maybe I am not keen eyed. Her neck is tacked on a bit low and is a bit thick and under muscled on top with a slightly heavy throatlatch area.
Yep, she needs to be ridden with good engagement from behind .
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I see maybe a tad of downhill. IMO her back legs look amazingly straight. She does need a little something something with the neck. I see a nice slope to her shoulders. Her butt needs a little muscle but who's doesn't :) I think her head is very well made and doesn't seem thick through the throat to me. I like the way she is put together...what are your plans for her. Personally I love her ...she looks to be decently made with good feet from what I see.

P.s. pull her boots off so we can see her knees and pasterns/fetlocks
maybe a bit posty on the hind end after a second look
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-23-2010, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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I have chores at the barn tomorrow so I'll get pictures outside in the sunlight WITHOUT the boots.

She is 4 years old and just started under saddle about mid summer. She's very heavy on the front end. All winter we'll be working on getting her muscle up.

Equinifile - What do you suggest for gaining muscle on the neck?
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-23-2010, 01:14 PM
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Her topline is weak, as mentioned. Long, low work will help.

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-24-2010, 11:28 AM
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I was going to say... she looks like a young mare who has need of a conditioning program. I'm also thinking she could be stood up a little better.

Based on this photo...

She has a nice sized head for her build, a rather straight neck with upside-down muscling. I do like how she ties into her chest, and it is a nice deep chest (no front shot to see if it's also a nice wide chest).

I actually find her shoulder slope LOOKS steep (again, I need to grab a protractor for this computer... then we could all see), though it does have length... and it is paired with a decent shoulder angle.

I won't comment on her front legs - ideally they wouldn't be booted for a critique, so in light of the fact she is, I just won't comment as it's impossible to see well.

She does have a good amount of heart-girth, and while she's lacking topline at the moment, I think we'd see a better join with her wither.

She is wasp-waisted (or rather, she's lacking in loin-girth depth)... this isn't a good thing as we want to see a nice deep loin-girth to help support the back from the hindquarter. Based on this photo, it also looks as though her loin is on the long side - even though she has a short back. This will also hinder her ability to have a really strong back.

From the look of this one photo, her LS placement is pretty good ("good" being in line with the point of hip... "ideal" being just in front of the point of hip... "poor" would be anything behind the hip). The LS is important because it is the rear "anchor" for the spine - and it plays an important part in how easily the horse can change gears (be it gait changes or turns)

She is pretty downhill... but as a 4yr old, she may yet even out a bit. I doubt this little mare will ever be uphill though, and that will also make it difficult for her to shift her weight back and lift the forehand.

Her hip length is pretty good, but the hindquarter as a whole doesn't appear to create that ideal equilateral triangle.

She's not standing well behind, but, I'm going to guess that her hind limbs are OK as far as angulation goes.

Overall, this little mare lacks balance... she has some strong points, and she has some weak points, and right now, I'd guess that those weak points are what are standing in the way of her working correctly. It's going to take a lot of work to get this horse moving correctly, and a constant struggle to keep her there, though I don't see that she will have any actual soundness issues due to her conformation.

Bear in mind, that when judging a horse based on photos there is some distortion from the lens, we're dealing with a horse who's not standing quite correctly either... these things can change how a horse looks pretty radically.
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