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post #11 of 13 Old 09-03-2011, 01:39 AM
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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!
I think part of it is that she's butt high (at 12 ...I would expect a horse to be that butt high as a young'un like Aires or Rodeo, but at 12?!) and part of it is that she doesn't look like she has a topline hardly at all. She almost looks a little swaybacked to me, but I could be seeing things. She is definitely butt high, though.
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I agree, would this affect her ability to move off her hind end? Also her topline is terrible, but then again she hasnt been worked since last fall, and when she was, its been trail riding for the last 3 years.
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A horse that is butt high has a diffcult time working with her weight shifted to the rear. It is sort of like a being a wheelbarrow... you pick up the back and go forward balancing on the front.

As I said before.. the Halflinger cross is a better bet.

BTW a horse that has been trail ridden for three years that CAN use herself well will have a better top line. At 12 you MAY improve things with training.. but mostly what you have is what you have. Better to start with better raw material (I have been on "green" 12 year old horses that really would be worth the effort).

A plain color horse with better conformation is where I would be looking. Color is flashy, but you cannot ride the color.. you need to ride the horse.
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