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post #1 of 9 Old 08-13-2008, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Seeing Conformation?

Hi. I'm pretty new to horses, and I would like to learn how to see and judge conformation. I also would like to learn what sort of conformation I should be looking for in a horse that would be able to carry a larger person. I was browsing around some horse classified sites, looking for the sort of horse I would look for in the future. Could any of you give me your response to these horses conformation? Sadly, I can't possibly get a horse for a year (or four, or five), so if course I can't actually buy any of these.


(Sorry there are so many)

Some of them are younger than a horse I would look for, but right now I'm just looking for info on general/overall conformation and how to see conformation that would be good for a larger rider. Please, any help is very welcome!
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-13-2008, 05:51 PM
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I'm not good a confo at all, but I just had to say that #5 has the most adorable reg. name ever! Jamaica My Heart Dance. That's so cute!

They are all gorg. I wish I could get a horse!

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-13-2008, 10:38 PM
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I don't really have time right now to do a full critique but it looks like you already have a decent eye for confo.
Most of the horses you posted look really nice. :]

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-13-2008, 11:27 PM
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this girl helps with confo.

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-14-2008, 03:31 AM
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They all are very nice horses that all seem to have good conformation from the photos. Number 3 on your list is a little toe in in the front. Number 6 is GORGEOUS, I wish I had $13,500 I would own him!

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post #6 of 9 Old 08-14-2008, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Gillian
I don't really have time right now to do a full critique but it looks like you already have a decent eye for confo.
Most of the horses you posted look really nice. :]
Agreed, you made some nice choices. Several of those I would take in a heartbeat.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-14-2008, 01:41 PM
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#1 - This mare has a really short neck. However, what she does have is nicely shaped and she also has a clean throatlatch. Other than that, nice conformation, she's a well put together horse.

#2 - Nice horse, uphill build, good movement. Could have a prettier head, but that's purely cosmetic. He's very heavy on the forehand, but his movement is correct, needs finishing.

#3 - Hard to gauge this mare, not very good pictures. Based on the pictures alone you could say toes in on the front, camped out, sickle hocked...which may or may not be true (though I bet she is somewhat sickle hocked). Her body is proportionate though, dignified looking old dame.

#4 - The draftiest looking of the bunch. Hard to critique with all that harness on her. Croup looks somewhat steep.

#5 - Very cute guy. I wish there were some better pictures, hard to judge much because he's so black. He makes a pretty silhouette though! His croup looks somewhat steep.

#6 - Very long through the body, that's all that stands out. He might be slightly cow-hocked. Cute, but not for me...riding horses that long is too much bloody work and I am lazy :P

#7 - Really cute horse. Not the best confo pics, but I really like this guy. 6 years old too...if only he weren't in Alberta...

#8 - Looks over at the knee (might be bad photo). Weakest coupling of the bunch and very slightly long in the back...I don't know, he could be something, but he needs a lot of work.
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-14-2008, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! Especially for the link Erin_And_Jaspewr and the dertailed crtique Sara.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-15-2008, 01:00 AM
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you do have a good eye for conformation, all of these horses have a good base. a draft cross is a more suitable mount for someone who is bigger and has concerns about what the horse can comfortably carry. you are well on your way to picking out a good horse

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