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omgpink 05-18-2012 01:50 PM

Critique my horse please :)
I hope these shots work out ok, if not I'll go and take some more this afternoon and hopefully someone can hold her for me.

Quarter Horse
Got her a year ago, she was overweight when I got her
I just use her for trail riding

Left side

Standing a little funny

Right side, standing a little funny here too



Thanks :)

crimsonsky 05-18-2012 01:58 PM

sweet face, nice color. her back makes me wonder though. was she used as a broodmare or started really young? she looks posty in back (straight up and down rear legs/joints) and her front feet seem odd to me. does she pull herself along or does she push from behind? i ask that because her shoulder seems to be more well developed than her hind end.

i am by no means any expert on any of this so please take my comment with a grain of salt. :)

omgpink 05-18-2012 02:19 PM

She defiantly just kind of pulls herself along.
I know she's never had a foal but I'm guessing she was started really young.
Three people before me were the people who trained her and they used to show her, but that's about all I know of her past.

nvr2many 05-18-2012 02:21 PM

I worry about her back also. Very long and sway back. I am also no expert. Waiting to see what others say.

SRCM16 05-18-2012 02:28 PM

She looks like she might have a back issue; I can't remember what its called but I know someone with a Haflinger has it and it looks a lot like the above. I'll ask her tonight what it is. :) Might be something to ask your vet about... when I get the name of it. Lol.

I like her shoulder though; she really looks like a nice mare besides the back.

Pretty level back, looks like she's standing extremely wide in the hind (can't remember what its called :/ )

I just started learning about conformation as well so anyone more experienced feel free to correct me! :-)

nvr2many 05-18-2012 02:35 PM

Swayback—technically called lordosis

omgpink 05-18-2012 02:38 PM

Is there anything I need to do about it? Maybe less riding, right now I ride her just about every day for only 30min at the most and it's usually just at a walk.

omgpink 05-18-2012 02:41 PM

Should also add that I hardly ever put a saddle on her, we usually just go bareback.

nvr2many 05-18-2012 02:42 PM

I would just google it to see what is recommended for it. Bareback is probably good. Seems to fit a saddle may be kinda hard.

SRCM16 05-18-2012 03:35 PM


Originally Posted by nvr2many (Post 1505977)
Swayback—technically called lordosis

Oh, yup! Lol. Around here 'swayback' means the rider is too heavy, or was backed too young. No one ever considers there may be a different reason.


Originally Posted by omgpink (Post 1505984)
Is there anything I need to do about it? Maybe less riding, right now I ride her just about every day for only 30min at the most and it's usually just at a walk.

This is a really good article about lordosis.

The Truth about Horse Swaybacks

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