Arabian Mare Conformation
I know very little about conformation, trying to learn a bit. :?
But hopefully you guys can point some things out about this mare! Dory is a recently-turned 5 year old Arabian mare from French and Polish lines. I don't have a perfect measurement on her but I would say about 14.3hh. Her gaits are quite comfortable and easy. :-)
To my inexperienced eye, what stands out to me are her pasterns. They seem to be the correct angle, just long. She also seems to have a deep ribcage/barrel in comparison to most other Arabians, but the thickness of her legs seems appropriate for her build. Of course, my eye might be completely wrong!
Go for it! Thank you in advanced guys.
(also, I apologize that this isn't the best photo. The sun was shining too hard!)
Her neck ties in quite high on her chest.
Slightly longer pasterns make for a comfortable ride. I avoid short, steep pasterns like the plague;-)
Deep barrel/ chest= lots of room for heart and lungs. You want, and would expect that from a racing- bred Arabian. ;-)
Glad to see she really comes more after her Polish ancestors
She has a lovely canter but her trot is like riding a jackhammer, especially since she has a nice long stride and that Arab "bounce". Even her WALK is rough! :lol:
I would definitely say that her pasterns are within the range of "good". You wouldn't want them to be much longer than they are but you wouldn't want them to be much shorter either!
Her neck does tie in high, but my mare's does too and she has no issue getting and keeping her head down at a "pleasing" level. My girl'll never be a peanut roller but she'll never whack me in the face with her neck either. :wink:
I really like her nice short back and her lovely shoulder angle!
This picture seems to be a little angled so her rear end is probably more substantial than to appears. Due to the angle, I believe, her rear end is my least favorite thing about her. But I bet that it's just the angle playing tricks and she;s rally more proportional.
I agree with Wallaby. This is a nicely built mare. She is very sturdy looking. her pasterns are in porportion with the rest. Super nice hooves, low knees and hocks. good coupling.
She is , however, on the edge of being overweight. I can see she has some "butt pillows". Keep her fit and trim and I bet she'll stay sound for years and years.
Thanks a bunch guys! Much appreciated.
Her trot is super comfy and easy to sit! :smile: Her canter needs a little work; gets her leads right but feels unbalanced and wants to drift towards the center of the arena.
She is a bit chunky. I think she might have a more "squish" over her ribs than she's supposed to... I was told she was an easy keeper. :lol: Now that we have more daylight she will be ridden more and more. I already have two clinics and a LD endurance ride (with the help of someone more experienced thank goodness!) in a few months in mind so it's time to get her in shape and hopefully I can meet those goals!
I hesitate to comment on Arabians as I really do not like the breed for the most part. HOWEVER, this horse is quite nice. Has decent bone, CORRECT pasterns and her shoulder lays back like a dressage horse. She has the typically short Arab back and IMO uncharacteristically well developed hind quarters. She is straight through the hocks and I wish she has larger hocks places a bit lower. Her neck is short. In this photo it looks like her neck is muscled on the underside which indicates she probably likes to travel high headed with a hollow back (and this is an Arab issue). She looks to have decently sized feet.
Is she Polish or Egyptian bred?
And yes.. she could stand more riding time and less eating time. :)
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think both her French and Polish breeding is why she has a little more bone and, as deserthorsewoman said, her deep barrel/chest is from her French racing side from her Sire. From what I've gathered, Egyptian Arabians seem to be a bit more sleek.
Yeah I noticed the muscling on the underside of her neck as well. A total upside down neck is one of my biggest fears. :shock: I'm trying to come up with exercises to get her working from behind with a level head and round back. Started trot poles and cavaletti recently and that will be a normal exercise for us, as well as lots of transitions, more circles as I feel her become more balanced, and of course time on the trail! But despite her thickness, I'm actually finding it a little difficult to really get her heart rate up and a little sweat going with our normal routine! I need to add something with a little more vigor it looks like.
I tend to think that Polish Arabs often end up looking like QH/Arab crosses - in a good way. Their bodies are often "QH-y" and sturdy but then they usually have these attractive Arab-y heads that make you stop and say "THAT is not a Quarter Horse!!" :lol:
My girl is mostly Polish-bred and I adore them. Not a huge fan of the more "created" strains of Arabian (like Egyptians), that's for sure. :wink:
Egyptian Arabians are pretty in their own way, but I do prefer the sturdier bodied Arabians such as Polish lines as well. :-)
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