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post #1 of 5 Old 03-17-2011, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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TB mare comformation

I am looking to but this TB mare, she is 15.1 hands a was wondering what you all think of her conformation? I know its not a good picture for comformation buts all I have right now.

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-17-2011, 12:44 PM
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With only the one pic she looks alright. Needs some muscle and has a bit of a high croup/"jumper's bump" but nothing to worry about ;) Legs look decent & straight in this photo.

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hard to tell from that pic, and she def needs muscling but her hind end looks to lack depth to me from what I can tell. Her hind end also seems a bit straight through the hocks and stifles which is something I always look at if you want to do any jumping or aggressive speed/rodeo stuff with a horse. A client's horse here has a somewhat similar hind end and just had to have a lameness exam done bc his hocks have been funky and he may need to go on joint injections.

From the little I see she looks okay, but I am unimpressed, and slightly concerned with her hind end angles. Muscling will help some, but without more (better) shots it's hard to say exactly how her hocks and stifles stack up under her pelvis and if the apparent steep croup is just muscling or a matter of bone shape / conformation (which is less fix-able and makes a horse more prone to lower-mid back and hip chiro problems). Just my thoughts.

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This certainly appears as a naturally leaner type, and I fear trying to fix or add significant muscle will not pay dividends.

I fancy this one for trials and some dressage. Does not appear ideally suited to jumping.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-18-2011, 01:08 PM
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Hard to tell from this photo. She might be a bit back at the knee if you are looking to jump.. and her hind leg looks to lack angulation (over straight).

What I do like is her attitude. Not many Thoroughbreds are rideable with a halter and a lead rope.

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