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post #1 of 29 Old 03-03-2018, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone! This past June I bought my first horse, the magnificent (at least I think she's magnificent) Waltzing Matilda aka Tillie! I have read other threads where people give their expert opinion on a horses conformation and I'd like to get an opinion on my horse if that's ok. Here are a few pictures of her. She is a 15'2 14 year old (best guess, I don't have much info) Percheron/paint cross (so I've been told). She's very sweet and puts up with all my novice rider issues like a champ! Any info is welcome, thank you
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post #2 of 29 Old 03-03-2018, 11:37 PM
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She's very pretty and looks like a good solid ride.

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post #3 of 29 Old 03-04-2018, 12:10 AM
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She's gorgeous! You are very blessed if she is as sweet as she looks. She is put together very well. If you want real in depth conformation critique, we have a section for that on the forum. You will need much better pictures though. Have a look through that section so you know what kinds of pictures to take.
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post #4 of 29 Old 03-04-2018, 01:04 AM
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Tillie is a Beauty!! Looks like an eager and willing partner too. I like her build, she looks very athletic for her size.

The feet! Quite large, lol. They remind me of the Percheron/Arab cross I had, very big feet two, a true size 4.

Percheron crosses are usually very athletic and energetic for their size and make excellent riding horses! You are very fortunate to have her.
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post #5 of 29 Old 03-04-2018, 02:58 AM
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first of all, she has 'rainbow farts' coming out of her forehead! or , maybe those are unicorn kisses?
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She is very cute, incredibly sturdy and seems to have nice , straight, solid legs to carry her majestic girth. Her back is markedly long, and her shoulder upright. the upright shoulder can make for a jarring trot, but the long back sort of mellows that out.

what dinner plate feet!
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post #6 of 29 Old 03-04-2018, 04:27 AM
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She's absolutely beautiful. Lucky you! Do you know why she has the Aussie style name? All the best with her!
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post #7 of 29 Old 03-04-2018, 05:52 AM
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What a gorgeous girl! Agree with others, she's nice, solid. No huge glaring faults that I can see. *Tho don't forget, 'conformation faults' are also largely in the eye of the beholder(or beerholder, if you prefer!) & it depends what you want out of a horse as to what matters. I'm assuming you're not wanting her to be a high performance athlete so...

That said... Few minor looking things that might be improved for the sake of her comfort & soundness.
She does look like she has a longish, weakish back, which could purely need exercise to become fitter & stronger. Her hinds appear maybe a bit 'sickle hocked', which could indicate there's a pelvic imbalance, perhaps a chiropractic vet or other good bodyworker would be good for her. And her front feet in the front-on pic appear flared. Can't really tell any more from those pics, but again, don't stress either!
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post #8 of 29 Old 03-04-2018, 08:57 AM
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She is just wonderful and is very decent looking conformation wise, but the back looks somewhat weak and I would put some extra effort in doing some back strengthening exercises.

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post #9 of 29 Old 03-04-2018, 10:58 AM
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First off, WELCOME to the Forum!!

Now for the amazing "Tillie"....
She is beautiful and beautiful markings she carries...
She has "faults" as does any and every horse, none are perfect.
Does it matter what one sees or another sees something different...
Best is she is all yours, yours alone to love and spend time with her.
That is what truly matters...
ENJOY your girl, the days of riding in harmony together you have...
Her "faults" are what make her her and so special to you....
She looks to be one you will have much fun and time together sharing, a devoted companion,
.....
jmo...
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post #10 of 29 Old 03-04-2018, 12:54 PM
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i noticed the flared hooves, too. Is that something a farrier can modify? should modify? or just part and parcel of being a draft cross?
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