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post #1 of 6 Old 06-11-2016, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Critique for performance

I would like to get a critique specifically on what might PREVENT my mare from being able to complete a 100 mile endurance ride (complete, not win). I am not planning on breeding or showing, but I would like to know what might prevent her from being able to do 100 miles in 24 hours (other than not being in the proper condition at the moment). These are the best photos I have so far. I will try to get better ones if necessary. I realize she's not a looker, but she is pretty forward, and I want to one day do a 100 mile ride. I know she has flaws, but I am just wondering if there's anything glaring out that says: this attempt is futile.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-11-2016, 09:25 PM
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The most glaring fault I see is that she really is too steep in her shoulder angle. Her pasterns appear to be a little steep also and her neck tie in point is not as clean as I prefer. She also appears to toe out on the front and seems too stretched on the rear legs.


To really evaluate her for endurance however, she needs to be in good condition with muscle definition and a better top line so a good conditioning program would certainly make a difference since she's carrying too much weight. Also, IME, just because a horse doesn't have the perfect conformation for a discipline, the "try" in that horse and trust in the rider can give a competitive advantage if the are really a "team"----my hubby ropes off of a TWH gelding who is putting him in the perfect position to do well in jack pot roping!
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I agree that 'try' is more important than conformation.

it's hard to judge her. she's hairy and pudgy in those photos. and, there's something 'weak' about her front legs. that, though I can't put my finger on exactly what it is , is my only concern about asking so much of an apparantly not athletic horse , judging from her condition.
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Thanks! Once summer ends and I can get to rigorous conditioning (too hot and humid here), I will get her in better shape and take some photos and hopefully it will give a better picture. But I don't think conditioning will help her steep shoulder and pasterns. I wish I could get another horse better suited, but I just got to ride what I got!
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She is actually a nice looking little horse. She could lose 150 to 200 pounds I think. She looks like she can do the job you are requesting with the proper conditioning. No guarantees! A 100 mile ride can and will bring out any issues that may not appear on regular rides or training rides.

One thing I would do (along with a weight loss program) is to check her front feet (with X rays) and check her for Insulin Resistance (IR). In the first photo she looks like she might have some laminitis going on and that could knock her out of any 100 miler. The IR contributes to the possibility of laminitis.

Get those things checked. If OK, get her on a diet and get her to work.
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One thing I would do (along with a weight loss program) is to check her front feet (with X rays) and check her for Insulin Resistance (IR). In the first photo she looks like she might have some laminitis going on and that could knock her out of any 100 miler. The IR contributes to the possibility of laminitis.

Get those things checked. If OK, get her on a diet and get her to work.
She is not IR or Laminitic. We have a wonderful vet and farrier taking care of her, though she could be if left to her own devices! She is on a strict no grain diet, well, pretty much just hay and some grass and a vitamin concentrate for now along with turmeric. She has a grazing muzzle 24/7 since she is outside. She thinks she is starving. I really cannot ride very much now because of the weather and work, but I am hoping this fall to get out 3 days a week. Unfortunately, everything is flat here, so we will have to do flat rides. I am hoping we will find some sand on our terrain. She really likes to go, so I am hoping she will be up for a 100 next year sometime pending no issues show up in our 50s (target for 50 is in November).
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