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    02-08-2011, 09:24 PM
Your thoughts on my mare's conformation

What do you think of her conformation? Pro and Cons please. And what type of event you think she would be good at based on her conformation?

Pictures are on my page. Sorry about the inconvenience of going there to see them but, I don't know how to post a link here.
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    02-08-2011, 11:40 PM
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I just took a pretty quick look but I will share what I briefly was. Her back is relatively long and her hip angle a bit flat and short pelvis. There's a bump right where her pelvis joins her spine (at the sacrolumbar joint) which could be a sign of the pelvis being a bit out of alignment OR could be absolueltly nothing.
But to be honest, her hind quarters are not real strong. Her neck is long and her legs look pretty nice. Her head is gorgeous and coloring exquisite.
    02-09-2011, 08:02 PM
Is a long neck a preferred thing in a horse?
    02-09-2011, 08:05 PM
    02-09-2011, 08:07 PM

Here are some pictures with her standing still side view
    02-09-2011, 08:22 PM
I know the 2nd picture she is looking sideways(not good for a critique picture) but, it has the back leg straight unlike the other picture
    02-09-2011, 08:30 PM
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Actually, her neck isn't long, when I look again. Horses use their neck for balance, so a longer neck can be better if the horse is doing stuff like reining or dressage. Interestingly enough, (I just read this) longer necks are actually less flexible. Or rather, cannot flex into as tight of an arc as a shorter neck. Same number of bones in all necks (human,, giraffe, horse) Ithink it's seven cervical bones. Anyway, if the bones are shorter, then the flexible links are close together, meaning that the neck can flex in a tighter arc than a horse iwth aa long neck. Most important that neck is correct length for the back. Your horse neck/back looks about right to me.
    02-09-2011, 11:50 PM
Looks like she has some Arabian a couple of generations back. Hindquaters aren't strong, but her legs are straight (from what I can see) and she has a beautiful head. My guess is she'd be a pretty good hunter, on the flat and maybe even over some low jumps. Seems to have a wide heart space, so maybe with some training she'd be a fairly good competitive trail horse.

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    02-15-2011, 07:09 PM
Anything else? You can be as harsh as you want. I'm not asking for praise just try to find pros and cons
    02-16-2011, 11:42 AM
Green Broke
I like her front end but, as often happens, the back end looks like a different horse. There is no smooth transition at her coupling. She is light in bone below the knee and her hind leg is a tad straight with her hocks ste high. She is long in the back and looks rump high in spite of wonderfully defined withers tha carry far into her back. She has a hollow in her neck that indicates she has not been worked to build her ability to collect and not work on her forehand (see Deb Benet books).

I would not breed this mare due to her long back, poor coupling, and poor rear end.

I do love her markings. She is a striking tobiano and I bet she looks great under tack. She has a pleasant expression and I would guess she is good to work with and ride out on the trail.

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