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post #1 of 34 Old 07-08-2009, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Pony Conformation Critique (possible buy)

Hey everyone,
I found another pony in my area that I'm going to see this weekend, and the owner just sent me these conformation shots. I'm no expert, but one section of her looked... off to me. Or maybe she just needs a new farrier?

Oh, and I'm looking for a pony jumper so conformation is pretty important to me!




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post #2 of 34 Old 07-08-2009, 08:59 AM
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Her feet look way off to me! I can't even look past those feet to see any other flaws those feet scare me! If you have a really good farrier in mind have him look at the horse before you buy.
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okay I am really bad at judging feet, whats up with the feet on this pony? Can you explain what is wrong with them, is it the angle? Thanks!
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Hah, okay, yeah, that's what was bothering me too. I think most of her toe could get the axe on the front, (I know nothing about feet but using my reasoning skills I'm assuming that...) but her front cannon bones seemed a little funky too- the way they come down out of her knee. Do you think that's because of her desperate need for a new farrier? Or am I just seeing things.

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Sorry, didn't see your post lovemyponies...

I know that when my mare didn't get her feet done for four months and she had front shoes, (she was at a sale barn, but that's another story...hmph...) her feet grew out with the shoes in a similar way like this pony's and were like... caverns. Seriously, when I picked them out for the farrier when she was finally getting done, her feet were so grown over they were like caves on the inside. So I'm thinking that if the pony's foot was properly cut, then maybe the shoe would be a little farther back and her cannon bones wouldn't be so bent to compensate? And I'm pretty sure her pasterns are at about 45 degree angles so I don't think that's part of the problem... someone help me out here please!

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thanks I agree they look off but I was hoping for a little more info....thanks! We have some farrier issues going on at our barn so I am trying to see as many pics and get as many opinions just to get more educated. Interested to see others comments as well.....
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unless its the picture her feet do look off almost like she has WAAAY to much toe and nothing in the back. Her one leg does look a lil off also to me but then it could be the picture combined with the need for hoof work.

i have my bloodhound & my horses what more can a girl ask for?
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Awh, she's so pretty, but those feet are a bit iffy. :/ I'd get a good farrier to take a look before you buy!

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She looks like she has the same problem Rocket had when I first got him. His past farrier for some reason was leaving his toes really long and his heals really low. My farrier came out and said it could be corrected in a few trims. We took his toes off and put shoes on him to raise his heals so they can grow. He moves better and I think he feels better too.

I don't see anything glaringly wrong with her (other than maybe she has a bit of a steep hip), and her feet might be able to be fixed through some corrective trimming.
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Conformationally, she's fine for what you want...HOWEVER

She is quite sore through her back, loin and sacrum. A peaked croup is never a good thing and is almost always an indication of a current or past sacrum injury.

She needs probably 6 months of rehab work; stretching, massage, chiropractic etc... to get her feeling better.

And yeah, feet suck, but very fixable and will go a long way to making her feel better.
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She is quite sore through her back, loin and sacrum. A peaked croup is never a good thing and is almost always an indication of a current or past sacrum injury.

Someone posted a similar comment to that on the last pony I asked to be critiqued. I can't find anything on google that's helping me understand the cause or how to tell if a horse has a peaked croup- besides the obvious. Can you elaborate please?

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