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        09-02-2011, 12:43 PM
    What do you think of this paint mare?

    Hey everyone,
    I am trying this mare out but I think she may be put together more western than english. I want to use her for basic dressage, light jumping and trail riding. To me her front end is not nicely put together. Let me know what you think and how suitable she would be do the english discipline.
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        09-02-2011, 12:50 PM
    Green Broke
    Hard to tell from these photos... but she toes out a bit in front and I do not like her neck set at all... with that drop in front of her withers.. A Pencil neck.

    Like the halflinger cross a lot more actually.

    What bothers me most is not the horse.. but the handler with FLIP FLOPS ON around HORSES! That is nutz!!!!
        09-02-2011, 12:56 PM
    The handler is not me, its a boarder at the barn. Don't ask.......
    Do you feel the neck could be improved with proper work??
        09-02-2011, 01:06 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by horsemom2be    
    The handler is not me, its a boarder at the barn. Don't ask.......
    Do you feel the neck could be improved with proper work??
    Not really. It is set on the way it is set on.. and it is set on low.
        09-02-2011, 01:10 PM
    Those pics really aren't the best to give you any reliable observations, yes her neck looks like it drops, but I would like to see more shots, sometimes it can be just an unfortunate time to take the pic.

    I'm actually more worried about her back end, she looks very straight and posty through her hocks, but again, could just be a bad camera angle
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        09-02-2011, 01:15 PM
    Also, is it just me or is she fairly butt-high? How old is this mare? From what I understand, butt-high horses have a harder time jumping (I could be wrong, but from what I understand uphill is more desirable than downhill for jumping).
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        09-02-2011, 01:20 PM
    Definitely need better pics. I agree with previous comments.

    Her front feet appear to be a bit "clubby". Her topline & bottomline are a bit disproportionate. She might be a bit rougher ride.
        09-02-2011, 01:26 PM
    I'll get some more pics today and post them. Thanks for the comments! :)
        09-02-2011, 01:32 PM
    Oh and she's 12.
        09-02-2011, 06:52 PM
    Green Broke
    Something seems to be off about her croup, and back in general to me. It could be due to what Aires said about her being a little butt high, Im just not sure.....looking forward to seeing different pics of her though!

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