|dieselcowgirl ||01-30-2012 09:08 PM |
Conformation Critique of My Mare
CD Lil Qupid (aka Bailey) is a 2007 model B.S. APHA mare. She is 16hh. I mostly trail ride and gather cattle on her. I am not looking at showing, just wondering how she is with her conformation. We were battling her weight, but now after having her teeth floated and a change of diet we are getting the weight back on. Still have more to gain. I would also like to know if it would be worth me possibly breeding her in the future. I would like to know if there are any pros and cons. I have also included her baby picture because that was the whole reason why I purchased her.
|equiniphile ||01-30-2012 09:13 PM |
She looks like a very nice working horse. Thick, solid legs, great neck, decent neck and heart girth, and an acceptable hind end. I don't like her gaskin (I think that's what it is, but it might be someting else around there that's bothering me); it looks like it's set too far back, perhaps? She also appears to be toed-out in the back.
Overall, she is a nicely put-together, sturdy mare.
|dieselcowgirl ||01-30-2012 09:19 PM |
Her hind feet bother me too. Working with her shoer to try to correct it. Thank you.
|dieselcowgirl ||01-30-2012 09:22 PM |
The gaskin is the muscular area between the stifle and the hock. Is that where you are talking about?
|equiniphile ||01-30-2012 09:24 PM |
Yes, that's what I'm talking about. It looks "off" to me, but I'm not sure if it's the gaskin that's the problem. It could very well be something else that I'm missing.
|aggiegirl14 ||01-30-2012 09:54 PM |
I really like her. She has a fairly short back in relation to a longer underline. She is pretty narrow when viewed from the front, but she has a nice V in her pectoral region. She is straight through the hocks in the picture from behind, but like the others have said she toes out some. I love her neck and head and she is well balanced :) she could probably use some more muscling in her hind end though
|missnashvilletime ||01-30-2012 10:56 PM |
You want their back feet toed out a bit, they're not supposed to point straight forward, if they do they're probably bowlegged, I see nothing wrong with her back legs. Her gaskins are just weak. She could use a little muscle overall, but other than that I think you have a pretty good looking horse. :) good luck with her!
|waresbear ||01-30-2012 11:01 PM |
I like this mare, reminds of my horse, 16HH & BS APHA. Nice back, superb heartgirth, nice head. Her neck is a bit chunky, thick throatlatch, posty back legs, straight shoulder, not horrible by any means, no horse is perfect. To me, she looks the proper weight, any more & I would consider her overweight.
|dieselcowgirl ||01-30-2012 11:49 PM |
Thank you everyone. You have helped me a great deal. I have done some reading on her feet and the articles I have read said you do want them toed out a lil to clear their rib cage. With hooves completely straight forward your horse is more likely to hit their rib cage when loping/running versus toed out. Thank you missnashvilletime for the link.
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