I didn't know exactly where to put this, but I figured that since she's in training to improve this problem it would go here...
My mare, Shelby, has a ewe neck. I've been trying to improve it, but I wasn't able to ride on a regular basis at the barn she lived at previously, but now that she's moved, she usually gets ridden every other day. But my question is; is her ewe neck a conformational fault or is it because of her neck being muscled in the wrong way? I know that true ewe necks can not be corrected, only improved, so I was hoping that her neck was the result of just standing in a stall craning her neck to see out the window for a year and a half before I got her.
Here are pictures from the day I got her;
I know her mane is covering her neck is this next picture, but you can sort of see that her neck looked somewhat normal (lacking a lot of muscle though, mind you) when she started to hold herself correctly.
And here's sometime over the winter;
(she's not as thick in the throat latch as she looks in these pictures. I'm not really sure why it showed up like that. I couldn't really get a good picture of her. She gets a little antsy!). But you can see that her neck started to get a little better. The bottom wasn't as hard and pronounced
Also in the winter, a few months before I moved her;
She looks super gangly and awkward in this, but it's a good example of her neck getting a little better.
Then, after the move(she's been at the new barn for a month now)
And this one is from yesterday;
I have a few videos as well if that would help.
So what do you think? In those two pictures before the Easter one, would she be able to stretch and get (more or less) on the bit if she had a true ewe neck? Or is that swan necks that can't do that? Ahh, i've just been reading so much about all of this that it's all running together....any information will help!!
I'm sorry for all the pictures.. I just thought the more I could provide, the more likely I could get some answers :)