TB mare, Conformation and pedigree critique please :D
Hey guys, this is Cessna she is my almost 16 year old TB mare.
Please critique her pedigree and conformation, pick her apart http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...es/biggrin.gif
*note, she has been virtually out of work since February, hence the lack of muscle. I also have the farrier coming in the next few days.
Two Step Thoroughbred
More photos can be acquired if needed http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...es/biggrin.gif
Added photos, on slightly leveler ground and with her tail not obstructing her hind legs.
Like you said, she needs a lot of condition. Not just muscle but some fat. I'm assuming you're in winter in NZ now, so I won't comment on her haircoat like I would if you were in the US! Really overall nice mare. I'm a big fan of her front end: good shoulder, solid bone. The length of her back and angle of her hip are also nice, but look at the dip in muscling behind her wither and her camped-out stance. Something tells me she has either back or stifle pain, or both. Other than that, her hocks are rather straight.
She previously had an ill fitting saddle and caused the muscle dipping behind her withers.
Yes it is winter and we recently had a cold snap, causing her to have a drop in condition.
Has a vet (or chiropractor) checked her for a sore back?
No I have not, she is currently on turnout and has been since February, until November when she is going away to stud. When I have been back from University I have taken her on gentle hacks, predominantly bareback and just really relaxing stuff, working slightly on bend and working forward, nothing too taxing at all. She is a very happy mare and does not display any negative/pain like response to any pressure any where. She is slightly stiffer to the left, but with work on bend she has got progressively better.
I agree with Bubba's assessment. Her hocks are a bit posty and pasterns rather upright in rear. She looks like a fairly sturdy horse, though. I , too, like her neck and shoulder and I like her slighty large head. She will really be lovely with muscle and some padding. Nice Girl!
Here is a picture of her in full work in January this year.
I love this mare to bits :D
She IS a looker!
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