Your thoughts on these possible buys...
We want to buy one of these fillies, but my parents don't look deep into confo when looking at a horse, so I want to know what you guys think of these little girls:
Sorrel 1: http://www.rodeoclassifieds.com/image/2947/item.html
Bay 1: http://www.rodeoclassifieds.com/image/2954/item.html
Bay 2: http://www.rodeoclassifieds.com/image/2945/item.html
Bay 3: http://www.rodeoclassifieds.com/image/2952/item.html
I think there is something up with this ones front legs, but it could also be the way she's standing.
I myself would go for the first bay... But I am no expert :) I would enjoy someone to break down each horse so I can see if my ideas on confo are accurate or not. Again just my opinion, the first bay is beautiful.
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What are your plans for the horse?
Well, my mom is looking for a heeling horse, it would proabably be trained for roping in the future, both heading and heeling I think.
WE'd also use it for ranch work, and if I get a hold of it, some reining cow horse stuff and maybe even barrel racing.
I like Bay #1 or Brown
The picture on this one: http://www.rodeoclassifieds.com/image/2954/item.html is not very good... makes her look butt high and long backed, although she is very pretty. I would ask for better pictures.
This one: http://www.rodeoclassifieds.com/image/2949/item.html seems to be the best conformation-wise to me, at least in the picture. On the other hand, her front legs look slightly tucked under, but again, that could just be the picture. Most of these fillies appear to have very long backs, which is a weakness.
http://www.rodeoclassifieds.com/image/2945/item.html is very pleasing to the eye... actually, she seems quite correct. I like her shoulder angle, and her front legs are nice and straight.
To have correct, strong back legs, you should be able to draw a straight imaginary line from the horse's point of buttock, down to the hock, and down to the fetlock. The above filly has that line. She does have a long back, but overall, she seems to be the best conformed horse out of the five.
http://www.rodeoclassifieds.com/image/2952/item.html Does seem to have odd front legs... they look like they shoot out in front. Also, it might be the picture, but her front left tendon looks like it might almost be bowed.
http://www.rodeoclassifieds.com/image/2947/item.html is quite nice. She has the most powerful looking shoulder of all the fillies, and most importantly, she looks the most balanced. The only fault I see is that she might be slightly cow-hocked, but it could just be the picture. Her back is a medium length.
So, now that I've changed my mind several times, here is my placing:
Also, several of the fillies were hosed down just before picture-taking... makes them looks very shiny and attractive :) ! However, it tends to take the eye away from the horse's conformation and more towards the "oooh, what a pretty (shiny) girl! ;) Try to look past the pretty coat, and see what's underneath. A hosed down coat can also hide a rough coat... ie., worms, blemishes, etc.
I would ask the owner for pictures parallel to the horse's side, and of the horse dry.
Hope that helped... good luck choosing! Let us know which one you pick. Oh, and temperament matters too, so don't take the best conformed mare if she has a nasty temperament. Things have to balance out ;) I know I'm just saying common sense, but you'd be surprised at how many people overlook a nasty temperament and buy a horse because it pretty, then sell or give it away a couple months after.
I personally like filly #1, the chestnut....I think (IMO of course) she is the nicest looking....good luck!!!
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