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    01-17-2011, 06:41 PM
Please Critique My Horses

I posted in here before but my pictures were pretty bad. I hope these help a little more. So to recap, we bought them without being really concerned with what we were getting at the time and to us they are perfect. We are also no experts on conformation so I thought I would ask people who might know a thing or two.

The first is a Percheron/QH mare, 5 yrs old. My husband just wants her for trails.
The second is a Arab/Paint mare, 2 1/2 yrs old. I would like to use her for barrels eventually.

Sorry that's as square as I could get them.
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    01-17-2011, 07:34 PM
Well the first horse has a really high croup, so does Gizmo, He is also slightly downhill. But other wise he looks really good to me. I love his back and his middle section. Cute head and a nice neck.
Second horse she is downhill too, and looks like she has a slight croup. She looks a bit ribby in the first picture and she also looks like she needs her feet done. She has a cute head on her but for some reason I don't like her eyes, or how they are placed. It almost gives her a mean or irritated look. Hard to tell but she looks pretty narrow in the front. She has a big butt. I would almost question the Arabian. In these pictures I don't see anything Arabian about her.
    01-17-2011, 11:18 PM
The first mare has a very steep croup, coupled with being extremely butt high, which is going to make her somewhat difficult to keep in balance at faster gaits. She has straight hind legs with very little angle. Her neck seems short, but that is common for the breed.
Something about the spring of her ribs is really nice. She has sturdy legs and some nice big feet. In the last picture, she shows off her adorable face quite nicely with a very kind expression. I bet she will be great for her intended purpose.

In the second mare, I see the Arabian in her back, as it is nice and short. I have to disagree with Gizmo and say that I actually think she has a really kind eye. She has a nice angle to her croup, and short cannon bones. She definitely has a Quarter Horse, not Arabian, face, but it is very nicely proportioned and connects to her neck with a nice clean throatlatch. She does look like she needs to put on some weight. She has a VERY steep shoulder and pastern, which is going to make her strides on the shorter side. Something about where her belly connects to her hind end seems off to me, but I can't pinpoint it.

Overall though, I think they're both very useful looking mares. Out of curiosity, I'm wondering why you bought them without being concerned with what you were getting?
    01-18-2011, 03:00 AM
First, thank you both for taking the time to look at my girls. To Gizmo, she is a little thin right now and I'm working on that. At the time these pictures were taken her feet did need to be done and they have been since then. I read on another thread someone had said that eyes shaped like hers meant they are difficult to work with for several reasons I can't think of right now (it's late). But in her case I would have to disagree. She is actually a very sweet girl which is why I bought her a year ago. She is also very smart and has handled everything in her training very well. As for the arabian in her, I have her papers so I'm sure that's what she is. I've attached another picture that might show it a little better.
To Clementine, thank you for saying she has a kind eye because that really is her personality. I bought my mare (the smaller of the two) when she was only a year and half from my sister in law. I've known her since she was born and have always loved her because of her super sweet personality. The other one I bought for my husband as a surprise from California. It was a decision that I had to make quickly and it wasn't possible for me to see her before buying her. It also wasn't important to us that she be trained so as long as she had a good disposition, which I was assured she did, that's all that mattered. But beside that we are really new to owning horses and wouldn't know what to look for anyway (in conformation). If you can think of what it is about the smaller ones belly and hind end please let me know.
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    01-18-2011, 03:05 AM
Green Broke
The chestnut has a lightining blot star :O
That is awesome lol, sorry just had to say that :P
    01-18-2011, 03:50 AM
They are both sturdy animals. Not prize winners in the conformation department, but in reality, who cares? You said that you don't care that they are not perfect, which makes me wonder why you are asking for a critique.
They will be good fun for you two. I sOOOOO wish my husband would ride with me. Happy Trails.
    01-18-2011, 11:51 AM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
They are both sturdy animals. Not prize winners in the conformation department, but in reality, who cares? You said that you don't care that they are not perfect, which makes me wonder why you are asking for a critique.
They will be good fun for you two. I sOOOOO wish my husband would ride with me. Happy Trails.
I don't care that they're not perfect because they don't need to be. But it's always nice to know what you have anyway, don't you think? Just pure curiosity.
It took a long time for my husband to finally become interested. It's a lot more fun, now that he has though
    01-19-2011, 11:20 AM
Hmm. I thought I posted yesterday. In the new picture with her facing you she looks much better. Maybe in the first she was ticked because you were taking pictures of her butt lol. But I see that she has kinder eye that are full of curiosity! I think she is going to be quite a character.
    01-19-2011, 12:51 PM
Oh my goodness, she already is. I have read about eye placement before and always thought her eyed looked a little catty, but I just don't think that type of personality is true for her. Thank you again for taking another look at her.
    01-19-2011, 02:27 PM
Yeah, I think they are more mischievous than anything, which you said she is. I love that lighting bolt though. Defiantly awesome. I would have named her something Harry Potter related, lol.

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