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post #1 of 11 Old 09-27-2011, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question How is my horse's Conformation???

So, I was wondering, what do you think about my horse's confo.? Maybe its just me- but is she a bit to steep in the shoulder? She is a 11 year old Arab Paint cross. Sorry- only photos of her grazing - I will try to get more! And you can't tell with these clips but she is a bit pigeon toed...
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-27-2011, 10:11 PM
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Photos of her with her head down are going to skew the judging of her conformation. Can't tell shoulder angle or much with it down on the ground like that. I do think that she's a lovely colored mare. Absolutely beautifully marked.

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She's a lovely man, but I'm a little bias when she looks similar to my Paint Mare.

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Hey...this isn't the girl that had Casey at Three Gaits for pony club,is it?

If so you might remember me. Heather,one of the people that worked there.
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lol... hi heather.... yes this is claire

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So here are some good pictures! Let me know if you need some of different places. Also, I know she is pigeon toed... And so... Do you think she has to much of a sloped shoulder? And you know how you do a triangle from the shoulder and hip bone, it seems like the triangle would be to tall... But let me know what you think...
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I don't know that much about conformation, But .. she's got a lovely color ! (:

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Her shoulder does look steep,cow hocked,her back looks a bit long compared to the length of her neck.Looking at her pictures her conformation isn't really all that balanced. She could use more muscle on her top line.

I love her :) She is such a sweet horse and I think she is beautiful.
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Long back, weak coupling, right front is bench knee'd, small round hocks, puffy hind fetlock joints and her hind legs are camped under due to poor angulation and her very long back with a weak coupling. Her shoulder angle is good but the point of shoulder to elbow is very flat. She is not cow hocked. A horse's hind leg is a spiral and for the stifle to clear the belly and the hind leg to work properly, a horse needs to have her hind toes point out slightly. Toes that point straight ahead are a weakness.

She has low hocks (which is good) and adequate bone. Her neck ties on to her shoulder fairly well. Her head is weak.. she seems to have inherited the large jowel of the Quarterhorse or Paint ancestors but the narrow muzzle of the Arab.

She could be helped TREMENDOUSLY by a lot of long trots up hill and cavelleti which would strengthen her underline muslces and allow her to better support that long back and weak coupling. It also might help her to stand less camped under. She will be a very difficult horse to collect and get working off her hind quarters. That long back and weak coupling concern me for her future soundness.

All that being said, it looks as if she has a WONDERFUL disposition. You had to get under her to get the shot of the back side of her front legs and a lot of really great looking horses would have gladly offered to kick your head off. LOL

IMO good disposition can make up for a lot of flaws. My first horse was.. less than gorgeous conformation.. and I had him for 20 years. He was long backed, steep shouldered, and had an osselet on his one front fetlock joint. In spite of that I rode him miles and miles. He won a 30 mile trail ride and even herded some cattle. When I was a kid I used to take him to a stream in hot weather and we spent the day swimming (and I rode him with a halter and a lead rope).

If Casey is like that horse, then the conformation is the least of your concerns.
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She could be helped TREMENDOUSLY by a lot of long trots up hill and cavelleti which would strengthen her underline muslces and allow her to better support that long back and weak coupling. It also might help her to stand less camped under. She will be a very difficult horse to collect and get working off her hind quarters. That long back and weak coupling concern me for her future soundness.

All that being said, it looks as if she has a WONDERFUL disposition. You had to get under her to get the shot of the back side of her front legs and a lot of really great looking horses would have gladly offered to kick your head off. LOL[QUOTE=Elana;1187927]

Yes, she is difficult to collect... And I didnt axactly stand under her (im sure she wouldnt mind though ) I just stuck the camera under her... So also, do you think it would be best not to jump her? Or dressage? I do lots of trails- so lots of trots up hill- but I am starting to get into jumping, and I have been in dressage for a bit... I would think that dressage would help a little.. But what is your opinion about jumping? I wouldnt go more than a little over 2 ft routinely .. She is 12 years.

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