Originally Posted by Allison Finch
I agree with the conformation critiques. The haunch is a bit weak. The straightness may impact the fluidity of the overall movement.
The "herring" gut simply means she is very narrow through the waist. It could be an indication of limited lung reserve (small lung capacity).
The issues listed by the previous posters could have some effect on her ability to compete at the higher levels.......BUT.....
I have seen many horses with poorer conformation than hers compete at the very highest levels in eventing. I remember the "horse of the year" one year who had a butt neck, a club foot and post hind legs so straight that he almost looked deformed, if you looked closely. Yet, he consistently won at advanced.
It is as much a matter of the horse's heart than anything else. A horse with a strong heart and desire to please can overcome many obstacles. Would I openly seek a horse with that horse's conformation? No. However, if a horse like this found its way under my saddle and had the heart to go on...I would welcome it.
Thanks Allison - I was starting to regret posting this thread!
At the end of the day I can handle her conformation faults. I'm not going to stop trying to achieve my dream of eventing her. Who knows where we could end up??
If she shows no promise, talent or heart for eventing I will probably sell her on to a loving home
And then I will take on board all that has been said here, and put that in place when it comes to buying my next OTTB.
Thanks for all the critiques btw. Even if they do sting a little sometimes!