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post #1 of 11 Old 08-01-2020, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question Conformation Critique

Hi everyone!

I am currently looking to adopt a little project mare for the next year. Hoping to gain some experience working with a younger horse and eventually do some low-level dressage, trail riding and maybe working eq!

Just would love some overall thoughts/opinions on her conformation. Of course, I wouldn't be doing anything like jumping, so long back etc. is ok. Also, please note she is 3 almost four, so I'm assuming still has a bit of filling out to do. From what I see she has a long nose, a bit post legged in the back, but what else does everyone see?

Thanks in advance for thoughts and insights!
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-01-2020, 05:16 PM
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It's a little hard to judge her SI joint position since the photo is a bit from the back, instead of exactly perpendicular to her barrel.


But, while her hip looks a little small, her back isn't really long. Her wither is 'deep', meaning it's well set back, and gives her a nice, powerful shoulder. She seems to have a pretty deep heart girth, too. Hard to tell if her ribs are 'well -sprung'. Those are all indicators of stamina of wind.


I like her short front canon bones. Her front hooves are run forward, but will be easily corrected with a few trim cycles. Overall, her feet, like most Mustangs, look amazing. She has nice hocks, yes , a tiny bit over straight.


Her rounded buttocks are so typey for a Spanish type horse. And, her Roman nose, too. I think she throws back to her Iberian ancestors. . . . or, perhaps I'm using too much imagination. Is she from Oregon?


Overall, I like her build immensely.
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-01-2020, 06:00 PM
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I see little to complain about in her front end -- and her head you will just learn to love. I'd want to see a prettier throatlatch but otherwise she is fine. Like you, I see the postiness, and I would prefer a longer hip. But she has a lot of growing to do yet.

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post #4 of 11 Old 08-01-2020, 06:11 PM
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Lovely filly, only thing I really don't like is she's post legged on hind legs.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-01-2020, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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haha, that would be amazing! I love the Spanish type horses, and they have wonderful temperaments from my experience. I believe she is from Oregon, yes! Thanks for the feedback, ok so you spotted a lot of things I missed. Just out of curiousity any recs of learning to gain a better "eye" for conformation?

Thanks again!
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-01-2020, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I'm wondering if this will pose any issues for her soundness in riding etc.

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post #7 of 11 Old 08-01-2020, 09:24 PM
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She is narrow both front and back. She may 'plait' in her walk, but that is just a wild guess. Her narrow chest and longish back may make her very comfortable to ride. Short backed, wide set legs make for a rough, rolling gait .

I don't think I see any real soundness issues. Just get her feet done, and even that isn't like critical. She's a find. Yeah, she has the look of the Kigers out of SE ORegon.
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-02-2020, 10:33 AM
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I don't want to derail this thread, but what color is she? She's really pretty...
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-02-2020, 12:15 PM
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Really, the only thing that I don't like about this horse is a bit post legged and those toes need to get trimmed back. I think she is a nice horse.
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-11-2020, 03:43 AM
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She is nice - I'd have her!
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