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muumi 10-17-2011 11:19 AM

conformation critique
hi guys, i am new here, and i have read the previous 'to all people asking for critique' post, so yes, please guys be honest. i recently acquired a 3 year old 3/4TB 1/4 percheron mare, and would just like some honest opinions about her conformation. mostly because i dont feel very confident judging conformation, and would really like to learn to be better at it.

note: this is an old photo, she is 2 years old. dont have a recent photo of her that would be useful for this purpose...

Speed Racer 10-17-2011 11:39 AM

In order to get a good critique, you need current pictures. Plus, you need to have the horse squared up and take a picture from both sides, as well as the front and back of the horse.

One old picture doesn't give anyone a heck of a lot to work with.

muumi 10-17-2011 11:43 AM

fair enough. i know i dont have all the pictures i need, and i'm not looking for a dissection, i just thought it would be nice to get some sort of response.

natisha 10-17-2011 12:12 PM

I'll give it a go. I'm only going by this one picture for a 2 year old. She may be different now.
Overall she appears well balanced. Hip & shoulder angles match pretty closely. Her back is short & approximately 1/2 her bottom line as is ideal. She has a well defined withers especially for a baby & I like how her neck comes out of it.
Her legs are positioned well under her with good angle to her hocks.
Her hoof angles match her pasterns though the hind toes seem a little long.
I can't see her throat latch area so no opinion there.
She has a rather large non-feminine head but may grow into it better.
She has a lower more slanted croup than I like but I'm an Arab person so that explains that.
I think she'll grow into a well balanced horse that will have smooth gaits & could go just about any direction you wanted.

muumi 10-17-2011 12:24 PM

thank you natisha!

that really helps. like i said, i just want to learn a bit and try to see through other peoples eyes who have a lot more knowledge than me, so your response will give me a lot to think through when i try do one of the conformation tutorials with my mare myself. thanks again!

ps. i will get better and more recent pictures for any future discussions :)

muumi 10-17-2011 12:26 PM

plus, i have to laugh... i'm afraid she still has the unfeminine head! :)

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