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azarni 05-02-2010 01:12 AM

Delta's Conformation!
Hi all, thanks for stopping by.

Just for curiosity's sake, I'd love a confo critique of my girl! I've finally compiled enough photos of her to get a decent idea of her conformation.

Breed: Percheron (registered)
Age: 12
Gender: Mare
Discipline: English. I bought her for the purpose of hopping on and being able to have a great time doing whatever, which is what we've achieved. We do lots of arena work and lots of trails. She may not be the most athletic beast out there, but she suits my needs perfectly.

Front view (taken last June)

Side views:

D'you guys think she's a tad underweight? The last three pictures were taken about 2 weeks ago, we've since started feeding her 3 lbs feed per day, as we've been having more demanding rides and she seems a little lean to me. What are your opinons on her weight?

As a comparison, this was her weight in October, when she was at her fattest (and also .. half her mane was rubbed out. Sigh.)

Thanks a million! I appreciate that you guys took the time to read this (:

Juna 05-02-2010 01:31 AM

Hey! You're not too far from me! Howdy!

Lovely mare! She does look a tad bit underweight to me. 3 lbs of feed per day only? Is she on pasture, too?

Two things that stand out to me as far as conformation.....her back is a little long and her hind feet toe out. She looks like she needs some more muscling, too. That will help her topline look more filled out.

Beautiful, sweet looking mare! Is she a fun ride? I've always wanted a draft horse.

azarni 05-02-2010 02:05 AM

Thanks Juna!

She's also getting hay, I'm not sure exactly how much because she's in a pasture with about 6 other horses. Should we ramp up the feed? We didn't want to start feeding her a ton right away in case of gastric issues, but 3 lbs is the minimum for her weight/exercise amount according to the bag.

I agree about her back and hind legs. She's post-legged too, right? I've heard that one a few times before.

And thanks! (: She's a VERY fun ride, and surprisingly smooth. I just got her last June, and didn't get a saddle until Christmas, so she basically learned all body language/leg aids bareback. She was originally trained as a driving horse, but hadn't been used for several years, at which point our local rescue accepted her and I bought her. I've been riding for about 5 years, but she's my very first horse, so it has been quite the experience. I was too afraid to canter her bareback, so now we're just figuring it out this spring:

We've got a long way to go, but I'm amazed by her progress, especially since I've got basically no clue about what I'm doing.

Juna 05-02-2010 02:14 AM

Awesome! Great job with her! She looks lovely in purple.

Yes, I would agree on the post legs. I'm glad she's a smooth ride for you.

What is the bagged feed you're giving her? Oats? Or a horse feed to supplement her hay? 3 lbs is probably good if you are giving her hay as well. I thought at first you meant that ALL the food she is getting is 3 lbs per day. LOL.

azarni 05-02-2010 02:20 AM

Here's what she's getting:
Product Detail

We went to a few different feed stores, and this seemed like the best choice. Unfortunately I'm not too experienced with this stuff, so if it doesn't look suitable, don't hesitate to say so!

Juna 05-02-2010 02:32 AM

It looks like good stuff. What are your reasons for feeding it to her? Is there not much pasture/hay for her? Is she on a heavy workload? If you're riding her everyday, I would think that pasture/hay, plus a little bit of a concentrate like oats, plus a mineral supplement would be sufficient.

But, you know your mare best. Did you say she has gastric issues?

azarni 05-02-2010 02:38 AM

Well the place we board at is just a backyard-type thing. And the guy thinks that she's still overweight (he says she's "almost down to the right weight"). He doesn't want to feed her more hay, so we're doing what we can. She also gets an all-round vitamin supplement.

And I read somewhere that it's smart to introduce a horse to grain gradually so they don't colic, not sure if it's true but it can't hurt! We started with 2 lbs, and now we're to 3; it's been about 2 weeks.

churumbeque 05-02-2010 05:54 PM

you can adjust feed over a couple of days. It would help if you fed the grain twice a day so they do not get as much in 1 feeding. I would like to see her heavier but your not too far off.

azarni 05-03-2010 10:08 PM

Thanks guys! (: I appreciate the feedback.

mom2pride 05-03-2010 10:26 PM

She is a little on the lean side, but not that bad.

About the only things I see wrong with her, is that she is a tad long in the back, she has a short croup, and is camped out behind. She is a tad upright in the rear, but not extreme.

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