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EveningShadows 03-10-2013 03:56 AM

15 Year Old Mare
 
Dove is a 15 year old Mustang x Appaloosa mare - been a trail horse most of her life, had a good 3 years as a pasture fluff and now dabbling into dressage and jumping. Jack of all trades type. Looking for a general conformation critique looking for flaws or weak areas. Thanks!

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...54853072_n.jpg

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...26970440_n.jpg

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...49416713_n.jpg

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...38964364_n.jpg

Thanks again!

Tracer 03-10-2013 04:40 AM

So beautiful and chunky! The first photo makes her look a bit like a Fjord.

She looks like she could use to lose a little weight. Her hindquarters are a little insubstantial compared to the rest of her. Nice short cannons, decent angles to her pasterns and I like the angle of her shoulder. She stands a little under herself, too.

Nothing big jumps out though, she looks nice and solid all around. Beautiful girl!

EveningShadows 03-10-2013 10:36 AM

Hahaha yes, she has always been a very easy keeper :) In her younger trail riding days she had 3 foals and her belly has always hung a bit, but she could definitely stand to lose a bit!

When I pulled her from pasture a year ago her 15hh frame, albeit she has a lot of bone and big feet to support it, was carting around nearly 1300lbs!
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...31884961_n.jpg

Now she hovers around 1150lbs depending how much she's ridden and doing what. Thank you for your critique, much appreciated! I had no big aspirations for her to compete at higher levels, just wanted some opinions! Thanks!

autumnheart 03-10-2013 10:43 AM

She's definitely chunky! ;) I personally think she's stunning.

JaphyJaphy 03-10-2013 12:35 PM

Any conformation critique aside (I'll leave that to the experts), I think she's gorgeous! She looks like a real sweetie.

soenjer55 03-10-2013 12:59 PM

She's a gorgeous girl! An appy and mustang cross... She could probably take a grizzly bear on and win, lol.
Well, here's my usual disclaimer- I'm not an expert, so if someone says I'm wrong, I probably am ;)
Her pasterns looks wonderful- short, strong, and the same angle as her shoulder. Her hocks look pretty round, but her canon bones are nice and short and she has excellent bone. She could possibly be either a tad straight through the hocks or sickle hocked, I'm not sure if it's just how she stands or not, though...
Her shoulder looks nice, more on the straight side I believe, and she has pretty high withers. I love her neck! It looks to tie in pretty well. She has a big, round barrel with a decently deep girth, a nice short back with an absolutely lovely hip and croup.
Overall she's very well balanced throughout her body with a pretty level build. I really, really like her!

Dustbunny 03-10-2013 01:02 PM

What a nice solid mare!

EveningShadows 03-10-2013 10:19 PM

Thanks everyone! I was expecting a couple flaws to be pointed out, thanks for all the positive feedback!

Sadly she seems to be suffering from deteriorating suspensory ligament disease :( it's caught early with only slight discomfort and limp when trotting, giving her 6 solid months off to heal and retiring her as a walk/trot trail horse as long as the ultra sounds show adequate healing.

I've had 3 foals from Dove, kept the last one and love her to pieces but missing the challenges training brings. Definitely considering breeding Dove to a Paint stallion I've had my eye on for years! I've raised and trained over a dozen horses and would enjoy the long term project provided her legs are approved to carry a foal. All just thoughts, I know I can go pick up a foal to raise, but it's different when you own the mare and raise them :) would be to keep as a personal horse with barrel racing in mind, stallion I have in mind is a sucessful competitor all over North America!

What are your thoughts on Dove as a broodmare? Will be getting vet approval but conformationally she's solid and her mind is as docile and willing as they come. The filly I kept out of her has been nothing short of a blessing, Justus is my heart horse. Will post some confo pics of her when I get on my laptop.
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EveningShadows 03-10-2013 10:26 PM

Justus and Dove are often mistaken for the other, a lot of similarities!

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...92706864_n.jpg

Same willing mind and talent in a small package!
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...ustus/JUMP.jpg

Just wanted to show one of her foals as example!
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Elana 03-11-2013 08:04 AM

Nice horse. A bit sway backed but nice. Has had some training too as it looks like her neck has developed well (turning over) and her hind quarters are solid. She is a bit sickle hocked too. Her foal is better than she is.

Nice even front over that fence. Nice equitation jumper as he jumps a bit flat and won't jar his rider but he does get his knees up and even so he is pretty in the air. He is not real scopey.. but when I horse is scopey he can also be a rough ride over a fence too.


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