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    01-15-2011, 10:13 PM
Green Broke
SSH Conformation Critique

Baby Girl.

I got her almost three weeks ago. She's a four-year-old spotted saddle horse mare. She is my distance prospect; we plan to do competitive trail, and endurence if we survive CT. Though I want to mainly do distance, I don't want to limit my options.

SSHs are versatile horses, and I may want to try a few random things on the side that strike my fancy. I definitely want to do some jumping with her about once a week, but I don't have an Grand Prix inspirations. Cross rails are great, since she is young. Her sire was a great Western horse, so we might try Western. Maybe even for-the-fun-of-it reining. Gaited dressage? Speed? We're both young; deciding is hard!

Anyway, assess her conformation, please! (And her weight; she's pretty fat. How much more weight does she need off?) Any major flaws? If so, what does that mean for different disciplines? What can't we do? Words of caution, especially regarding soundness? (Soundness is very important, especially for distance horses!)

Minor flaws? How would she stand up in a local halter class?

Note: In these pictures, she is parked out slightly, to remind her to stay still. This makes her look camped out in the back. Also, my barn is a mess.

Left side.

Right side.

Front legs.

Back legs. This picture was taken at a slight angle and her leg is bend funny. It makes her look toed out on one side, but she isn't.
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    01-15-2011, 10:16 PM
Green Broke
She doesn't look too bad really.
I can't even pick out anything major lol!
Maybe someone else can...
    01-15-2011, 10:18 PM
Green Broke
So far so good then!
    01-15-2011, 10:33 PM
I really see nothing glaring about her in any negative way. For a gaited horse, she has a good shoulder, nice slopes all around. Her pasterns may be a tad long but they do have a good angle to them. I don't see anything that would slow you down with her. In the second picture, her neck seems a bit long but in the first, it looks normal. Dang painted horses messing with my perception!

I happen to think all SSH run a lil chunky. The fatty in my avatar is a SSH and he gets fat on air. Comparatively, I think she looks great....*laugh* but truth be told she could use some more muscle...but that will come with all the exciting things you can do with her!

Congrats on your first horse girly. I think you got a good one.
    01-15-2011, 10:37 PM
Green Broke
Aww, thanks Cori!

Ha ha, all the SSH I've been around are fatties too! Even the "in shape" ones tend to run a little large. Easy keepers indeed!
    01-15-2011, 10:41 PM
Oh Scooter makes "Easy Keeper" sound like the understatement of the year. *laugh* But they make up for it with their extra large personality! Scooter is a full on about your girl?
    01-15-2011, 10:58 PM
Green Broke
As hamy as an omelet! An omelet with a side of alpha mare. It's an acquired taste.
    01-15-2011, 11:13 PM
I want her rear end. -Switches her rear end with Nighty's- Bahaaa!

I like her overall, and would buy her in a heartbeat. I'd personally like to see her feet done, and I'd like her more if she were a little more cowhocked. The mare I show kind of clips her back feet together(hopefully corrective shoeing will nip that), so I'm a bit of a hardass when it comes to that.

I'm used to what are basically gaited cows, so she doesn't look *fat* to me. I'd mostly work on her fitness.
    01-15-2011, 11:20 PM
Green Broke
Bad Vivache! My horse butt!

Gaited cows.

She does need a trim badly. I was cleaning feet yesterday, and she has probably a one inch toe on her. I'm going to ask the BO if the farrier is coming around within the next week. If not, I'll make a personal pedicure date for her.
    01-15-2011, 11:47 PM
Well, I'm going to have to get used to a longer toe, because Nighty is getting a lite shoe. I'm excited! With your gaited horses, you'll see a lot of trainers go longer without a trim because toe = stride.

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