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post #1 of 41 Old 12-22-2016, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Potential Show Prospects... Which One Is Built Nicer?

I'd just like some opinions on which mare you think has better conformation (for the western all around). They are both 3 yr olds.

They both cost about the same, have nice bloodlines, and are nice movers. I will obviously base my opinion on health, suitability, and personality, but I would like to take Confo into consideration also. All opinions welcome.

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post #2 of 41 Old 12-22-2016, 10:28 PM
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The first is the better built. She's pretty darn downhill but otherwise I like her build. The second horse has an odd neck and weak front legs and gooserumped
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post #3 of 41 Old 12-22-2016, 10:32 PM
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I'm certainly no expert, but things that really stand out to me: I dislike the back legs on the first horse, looks sickle hocked. However I like her rump better than the second horse. Horse #2's hip seems extra pointy so the croup/dock area looks more slanted instead of round. I like the first horse's chest a lot better than the second one's as well, but with that said the second horse appears less downhill to me. I personally prefer more "uphill" horses but if I were to choose between the two I would definitely pick the first horse. I'm sure more experienced members could weigh in a bit better :)
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The first is the better built. She's pretty darn downhill but otherwise I like her build. The second horse has an odd neck and weak front legs and gooserumped
For the first horse: I noticed that too. I am not too scared of a downhill horse, but I will say in her other photos it doesn't look as bad.
For the second horse: I will also say that is an awkward photo of her neck. In other photos it does not look awkward at all. I think these photos of her are a tad old.
@Msail I thought I saw something a tad off on the first horse's back legs too. I will check on the sickle hocks for myself when I go for a visit.
I don't plan to breed ever, so I am mainly concerned with "sturdy" and "useful". :)
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Here's another pic of the first mare:
https://s30.postimg.org/ihnj3s04x/15...43761526_n.jpg

To me her neck ties in low. I definitely see the sickle hock and she has sharp withers (which probably really isn't a fault but it makes bareback riding a bit uncomfortable..) Other than that I think she's decently proportionate and cute. But I am wary of the sickle hocks. Anybody have info on long-term problems from sickle hocks?

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I would choose the first mare over the second. At 3 she may even up a bit more. What would concern me is whether or not she's club footed in the front especially on the right side. It very well could be the sand causing the foot to look that upright. Are you going to go see them in person?

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post #7 of 41 Old 12-22-2016, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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I would choose the first mare over the second. At 3 she may even up a bit more. What would concern me is whether or not she's club footed in the front especially on the right side. It very well could be the sand causing the foot to look that upright. Are you going to go see them in person?
Yes I will check on that when I go for a visit next week.
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post #8 of 41 Old 12-22-2016, 11:46 PM
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For your show needs, the first horse. The second horse will never carry himself low & slow.
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post #9 of 41 Old 12-23-2016, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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For your show needs, the first horse. The second horse will never carry himself low & slow.
Thanks for your input!

I liked the second horse in the first place because I know the breeder, have watched her grow up and know her history. She also has some cool bloodlines (I'm a fan of Pure Dynamic babies and that's on her maternal side. Diesel Only is her sire.). I know build means more than bloodlines, but that's what struck my attention in the first place. She is actually a nice mover. She won some futurities in LL I believe. I definitely think the photo is taken from an awkwardly low angle, but do I know she has a weird rump and some scrawny lookin legs no doubt.

The first mare I don't know a whole lot about, just that she's quiet, healthy, started, and in my price range. She's got One Hot Krymsun on her maternal side and Potential Investment on paternal side. I really like the OHK but a lot of his babies seem to have funny looking back legs, which seems to be the case here too. :P I don't know a whole lot about Potential Investment other than he is in the NSBA hall of fame. I'm really excited to meet her!

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post #10 of 41 Old 12-23-2016, 03:50 AM
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That second horse just looks odd O.O

When both horses have conformational concerns, perhaps you're better off looking for a different one?
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