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post #1 of 16 Old 01-08-2020, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Opinions on my mare's conformation?

This is Holly, a nine year old Quarter Horse mare. She is AQHA registered as Uno Miss Hollywood and she is bred for ranch work/reining. I plan on showing her competitively in ranch riding and reining--do you think her conformation looks good for nice,pretty movement as well as staying sound? In my opinion, she is a little butt high, but that is the only major flaw that I can pick up on(but I am inexperienced at judging conformation) Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-09-2020, 04:34 AM
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Nice! She looks like a decent sort. Not like a lot of these modern quarter horses you see.

She looks to be a little straight through the stifle & sickle hocked. Her rump is quite... peaky. Perhaps this is due to her being(well, in some pics) rump-high.

In some pics she looks to be quite upright/high heeled in front, and she appears long toed behind. Decent size feet & legs by the look of it tho.

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post #3 of 16 Old 01-09-2020, 10:01 AM
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My opinion is, Wow! What a beauty! Her name suits her too.
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post #4 of 16 Old 01-09-2020, 11:15 AM
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I really like this mare!!
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post #5 of 16 Old 01-09-2020, 11:23 AM
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The only thing I don't like in her build is how her hindquarters peak then slope off dramatically. Otherwise, what a looker! I wouldn't refuse her if someone said: Here. You need one more.

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post #6 of 16 Old 01-09-2020, 12:33 PM
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Pretty mare. I'd suspect she could do with a chiro adjustment-- the lack of development along her topline speaks of something not quite right-- either she's not moving properly because of saddle fit, or something sore-- likely over her SI joint. She's a bit goose-rumped which doesn't help, but I bet if you find what's bothering her and let her muscle up, she looks a lot better.

She looks like a nice all-around ranch-type mare for you. Enjoy her!
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post #7 of 16 Old 01-09-2020, 03:29 PM
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she is nicely balanced with respect to shoulder size and angle, neck length and torso length. But, like others, I see her being a bit 'Goose rumped'.



It would be fun to see video of how she moves.


Her coloration and overall appearance is very nice. sweet face, too.
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post #8 of 16 Old 01-09-2020, 06:44 PM
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^As SM said, I sus her HQ is likely at least partly postural, rather than 'conformational'
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post #9 of 16 Old 01-09-2020, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your answers! Some of these pictures make her hindquarters look a little different than they are in real life and a little more ‘peaky’ than they really look—they were mostly taken with older iPhone cameras which tend to warp the photos a little. She is an amazing horse and I’m glad to hear these good points on her conformation as well as some of her flaws to pay attention to. Open to more opinions also, thanks everyone!
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she is nicely balanced with respect to shoulder size and angle, neck length and torso length. But, like others, I see her being a bit 'Goose rumped'.



It would be fun to see video of how she moves.


Her coloration and overall appearance is very nice. sweet face, too.
What exactly do you mean by goose rumped? I’ve never heard that term before.

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