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ClassicalRomantic 07-13-2009 04:27 PM

Critique 10 y/o APHA mare
 
Hello- I'm pretty new to this forum but have been around a few others. I would like to get a critique on my mare Classy.

Classical Romantic
Breed-APHA
Age 10 y/o

a little history-she was a pasture ornament for the past 4/5 years and just started getting back into shape/riding in June so around a month I have been riding and working her! she was obese from sitting for so long but is starting to come along and looks a lot better IMO! I will be showing her just at the open shows.

what I can see is she is slightly sickle hocked, thick neck but that is starting to go away.

Thanks :)

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/g...g?t=1247514251
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/g...g?t=1247514283


and for comparison this is her May 30th. 2009 just arriving at her new home.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/g...g?t=1247514328

here is a video of her first week back to work

RedHawk 07-13-2009 07:37 PM

You can definately see the difference between when you first brought her home and now in your more recent pictures, she's a much better weight.
As far as her confo, nothing really jumps out at me. I don't think she's sickle hocked, if she is it's only a tiensy bit.
Overall I think you have a beautiful mare! I love how solid she is!

Jessabel 07-13-2009 07:51 PM

I agree with RedHawk, you've done a really nice job with her. She has a little bit of a bull neck, but that could be because she was overweight. It could go away. Overall, she's really nicely put together. Gorgeous girl. =D

Chickerdoodle13 07-13-2009 09:53 PM

Very pretty girl! I think you've done a wonderful job with her.

Nothing in particular jumps out at me about her conformation, except for her neck, but like the other posters (and yourself) have stated, that may very well diminish with increased work.

I sure wish my horses lunged as well as yours! Mine are great in a round pen but look dumbfounded when I connect the lunge line.

mom2pride 07-13-2009 10:05 PM

She definitely still needs to lose alot of weight; when she does, she will be a very, very flattering girl...She has very nice conformation under all that chub...just keep up the 'hard work' and you will have a horse who will be able to do pretty much anything you want to with. She does seem a tad sickle hocked, but it's not really extreme.

loosie 07-14-2009 04:37 AM

Nice looking horse. But wow, she must have been huge if she's already lost a lot of weight! Extra magnesium in her diet will help the neck & any other deposits of hard fat. See safergrass.org for their advice on that. Her feet look like they need some attention, tho they don't look too bad. With only those pics can't tell much. It would surprise me if she weren't laminitic.

ClassicalRomantic 07-14-2009 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by RedHawk (Post 349686)
You can definately see the difference between when you first brought her home and now in your more recent pictures, she's a much better weight.
As far as her confo, nothing really jumps out at me. I don't think she's sickle hocked, if she is it's only a tiensy bit.
Overall I think you have a beautiful mare! I love how solid she is!

she still needs to loose a good bit but I didn't want to push her to hard and cause more problems..slow and steady is my motto LOL

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Originally Posted by Jessabel (Post 349693)
I agree with RedHawk, you've done a really nice job with her. She has a little bit of a bull neck, but that could be because she was overweight. It could go away. Overall, she's really nicely put together. Gorgeous girl. =D

Thank you :) she is my baby!!!

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Originally Posted by Chickerdoodle13 (Post 349783)
Very pretty girl! I think you've done a wonderful job with her.

Nothing in particular jumps out at me about her conformation, except for her neck, but like the other posters (and yourself) have stated, that may very well diminish with increased work.

I sure wish my horses lunged as well as yours! Mine are great in a round pen but look dumbfounded when I connect the lunge line.

Thank you, hopefully I can get that neck back into condition :)

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Originally Posted by mom2pride (Post 349800)
She definitely still needs to lose alot of weight; when she does, she will be a very, very flattering girl...She has very nice conformation under all that chub...just keep up the 'hard work' and you will have a horse who will be able to do pretty much anything you want to with. She does seem a tad sickle hocked, but it's not really extreme.

Thanks, I am giving her another good month of moderate work (weather permitting..darn rain)

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Originally Posted by loosie (Post 350045)
Nice looking horse. But wow, she must have been huge if she's already lost a lot of weight! Extra magnesium in her diet will help the neck & any other deposits of hard fat. See safergrass.org for their advice on that. Her feet look like they need some attention, tho they don't look too bad. With only those pics can't tell much. It would surprise me if she weren't laminitic.


I just had her feet trimmed about two weeks ago...she is from MD and just moved to GA and the bugs are driving her CRAZY so she has been stomping so much that its chipping her toes. What would make you think she might be laminitic? just curious I don't know much about it but I would like to learn. I have also read that she might have a IR problem as well. Only problem is the area we live has NO large animal vets, basically the small animal vets can come out for mild cases like tubing for colic any major problems we have to haul to UGA which I believe is 3-5 hr drive :(

sandsarita 07-14-2009 09:12 PM

You have a cute mare. The first thing that jumped out at me is that she is nicely balanced - decent shoulder, good hip, nice back. Her head is nice, can't say a lot about her legs. I agree with the other poster that she probably needs a better trimming job, as her toes are already looking long and I think the angles are off (I think she needs more toe off, and work on keeping her feet from splaying; they're not bad, but they can be improved on; enter disclaimer that I am not a farrier, just the daughter of one who has been around it for more years than I'm willing to admit). Her biggest fault is her neck; I don't think it will ever be great but I think it will be improved as she loses weight. Good job getting her into condition so far.

loosie 07-14-2009 11:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ClassicalRomantic (Post 350101)
I just had her feet trimmed about two weeks ago...she is from MD and just moved to GA and the bugs are driving her CRAZY so she has been stomping so much that its chipping her toes. What would make you think she might be laminitic? just curious I don't know much about it but I would like to learn. I have also read that she might have a IR problem as well. Only problem is the area we live has NO large animal vets, basically the small animal vets can come out for mild cases like tubing for colic any major problems we have to haul to UGA which I believe is 3-5 hr drive :(

Can't see any chipping or such from those pics. This is generally caused by the feet being left too long &/or not being rolled at the edges. Perhaps the farrier trimmed her that way, perhaps her feet were unattended a while before he did them, so she may be due again already... If her feet are 'stretched' at the toe due to lami, then they'll be more likely to 'self trim' in this way too. With only those pics, it's a big of a guess that she's laminitic. I guessed that because she is quite overweight, was a lot worse, left at pasture, and her feet look long & disconnected(flared). If she's IR or such, then she's 99.99% lami & possibly foundered. Happy to give you hoof critique if you send some pics of her feet. hoofrehab.com has lots of info & pics for you to learn more about feet & probs such as lami too.

ClassicalRomantic 07-15-2009 11:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sandsarita (Post 350688)
You have a cute mare. The first thing that jumped out at me is that she is nicely balanced - decent shoulder, good hip, nice back. Her head is nice, can't say a lot about her legs. I agree with the other poster that she probably needs a better trimming job, as her toes are already looking long and I think the angles are off (I think she needs more toe off, and work on keeping her feet from splaying; they're not bad, but they can be improved on; enter disclaimer that I am not a farrier, just the daughter of one who has been around it for more years than I'm willing to admit). Her biggest fault is her neck; I don't think it will ever be great but I think it will be improved as she loses weight. Good job getting her into condition so far.

Thank you for the honest critique! The farrier i used was recommended by a good bit of people but who knwos what that is saying since we have probably a handful to choose from in our area LOL but he was really nice and seemed to be decent he said she had good feet???? I wish I knew more about feet etc...I have been out of the horse world for a long enough that I don't know much anymore LOL

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Originally Posted by loosie (Post 350888)
Can't see any chipping or such from those pics. This is generally caused by the feet being left too long &/or not being rolled at the edges. Perhaps the farrier trimmed her that way, perhaps her feet were unattended a while before he did them, so she may be due again already... If her feet are 'stretched' at the toe due to lami, then they'll be more likely to 'self trim' in this way too. With only those pics, it's a big of a guess that she's laminitic. I guessed that because she is quite overweight, was a lot worse, left at pasture, and her feet look long & disconnected(flared). If she's IR or such, then she's 99.99% lami & possibly foundered. Happy to give you hoof critique if you send some pics of her feet. hoofrehab.com has lots of info & pics for you to learn more about feet & probs such as lami too.

Hmm I will have to have him come back out again soon I told him to put me on the books for every 6 weeks he's not in our area often so I'll have to see what he can do! I dont have any pics on the computer at the moment of her feet but I will take some next time I'm at the barn which might be tonight depending on GA weather :( Thanks for the link and the help!


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