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post #1 of 8 Old 03-02-2011, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Please critique Fiera

Please critique our new AQHA filly. She'll be 3 in May.










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post #2 of 8 Old 03-03-2011, 08:33 AM
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Not the best photos.. but I will give it a go.

Negatives:
Built down hill (rump high), posty hind leg conformation, probably a bit long in the back and her front legs look like they toe out (rotation almost looks like it is below the knee but it probably starts higher up). Maybe a bit short in the pasterns.

Positives:
Very nice color which would be spectacular if she had some 'chrome.' Looks like a quiet and kind sort. Head, while not specatcular is pleasant. Good bone. Nice Quarter horse rump and gaskin (from rear veiw anyway). Overall she is pleasant to look at.

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-03-2011, 09:22 AM
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All I want to add is that I love palominos and WOW on that mane :)
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-03-2011, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Remember she's still 3 months from 3, so rump high is not a huge concern as of yet.

Her Pedigree: Color My Impressions Quarter Horse

And, here are some hopefully better pictures...







And one of her summer coat!!

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Hard to critique from some of the photos. In general she is a well put together mare. I wouldn't worry about her being downhill as she is a youngster! Some qh lines are very slow growers height wise, we have had them over the years grow until 6 or 7. As far as her head goes, I think if her halter fit her better it would improve the look of her head in the photos and give a better chance to see what she is really working with. The only thing negative I really see is that she appears (and I say appears as her tail is blocking one or both legs in photos) to be slightly cow hocked.
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-04-2011, 10:09 AM
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This horse is not cow hocked. Her hind legs are actually straight. When a horse has its hind toes pointed straight forward the horse is actually bow legged behind.

The hind leg is actually a spiral. It is built this way so that the stifle will clear the belly and because a sprial works like a powerful spring. It is really physics. Read the books by Deb Benett Phd.

Conformation show breeders breed for toes straight ahead behind and horses with this conformation win in the QH halter class. It is one of many reasons why Halter conformation QH's do not ride.

Here is an image of Cow Hocks. This mare is straight behind with a normal spiral. She should work well under saddle and be able to push off and use that quarter horse rump musculature
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-04-2011, 10:55 AM
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Didn't say she WAS cow hocked, it said "appeared" it is very hard to tell in the pics and I'm on a blackberry to boot. Will check them out on the pc later. Have read some of db's books as college study material and they are good.

I totally agree about qh halter breeders...but that could be a whole new thread lol!
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