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GoingNowhere 07-10-2012 10:09 PM

need some help assessing this mare
I am interning this summer. I am supposed to be doing an analysis of some broodmares throughout my internship in which I analyze their conformation and then use that to respond to various hypothetical scenarios provided to me. Unfortunately, although I am a horse person, I have little to no experience with judging horse conformation and very little assistance is being provided to us regarding this most basic portion of the project. Without it, it's hard to complete the rest of anything. This is one of "my mares." I have several more that I'll need to assess, but I was hoping for some feedback on her so that I can begin to learn what to look for. Keep in mind that she is quite fat and out of shape! I apologize that she's not well groomed in the photo - I just snapped it as I was grabbing horses to bring in.

Thanks in advance!

MidsummerFable 07-10-2012 10:24 PM

Hypothetical scenarios such as what it's offspring may look like? Do you have information on the sire or possible sires?
Or are they looking for various possible genetic diseases?

She looks very conformationally correct and sound in the legs. To help "perfect" her I would breed her to something with a larger hind end, deeper set hocks and larger muscle, if she is being bred for stock type purposes. I would prefer something with a longer neck (although her length is adequate), but she has a relatively clean throat latch for a QH.
She's a very lovely mare, and all of that is just being nit-picky...she has a very attractive head; I believe she is nice quality for breeding purposes.

Elana 07-11-2012 10:47 AM

She is a bit back at the knee and a bit weak in the coupling with the peak of her croup a bit far back. Her shoulder is steep and the angle at point of shoulder is less than ideal with the humerus angle laying too low. She has a good set to her neck and a very nice, wide open throatlatch (desirable in racing). She has good bone and her hind leg looks correct, though it might be a bit over straight.

Not a bad horse at all.. just needs to lose weight.

TimberRidgeRanch 07-11-2012 11:59 AM

Shes a beautiful mare. I do not see any back at the knee at all. and remember we are looking at a broodmare. shes suppose to be somewhat fat. They are not going to be show fit muscled up athletes. JMHO


GoingNowhere 07-18-2012 05:19 PM

thank you all so much. Your responses are very helpful! Yep, she's a pretty obese little thing. She and a handful of the other mares here are actually being used as part of a research project run through the university looking at obesity and its effects on several variables. The rest of the project that I'm doing does involve hypothetical scenarios regarding the type of stallion with which she should be bred to and the requirements that the stallion must meet.

Also, as a sidenote, she's actually a Hanoverian from dressage lines (by Contucci), not a quarter horse! She is definitely a stocky thing, though. :-)

Here's on more mare, if anyone might be able to help out with her. Pardon her tail! She's also a hanoverian broodmare.

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