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Would like to know if my mare has good conformation for eventing. She's an OTSB, will be six in June, and is 15.3 hh. Let me know if this picture doesn't do anything, and I will try to find a different one :)
 

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first and foremost she looks like she needs her feet done. Standing a horse is soft ground and needing her feet trimmed will impact the way her conformation is judged.

She stands camped under all the way around. A horse that stands like this MAY be having pain issues in her back or back legs. She appears to be sickle hocked and straight through the stifle and hock. Her shoulder is very nice with nice open angles but the lack of angles behind will make it more difficult to be scopey over fences.

She has a nice top line and really needs to be ridden back to front so her neck turns over for the dressage portion of the 3 day event.

She likely won't take you to the top trials but she will be a good horse to learn on and from.
 
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first and foremost she looks like she needs her feet done. Standing a horse is soft ground and needing her feet trimmed will impact the way her conformation is judged.

She stands camped under all the way around. A horse that stands like this MAY be having pain issues in her back or back legs. She appears to be sickle hocked and straight through the stifle and hock. Her shoulder is very nice with nice open angles but the lack of angles behind will make it more difficult to be scopey over fences.

She has a nice top line and really needs to be ridden back to front so her neck turns over for the dressage portion of the 3 day event.

She likely won't take you to the top trials but she will be a good horse to learn on and from.
Her feet have been done since this photo was taken. She has also been deemed sound by a vet.
 

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Oh god, this poor horse. It would be easier to point out what isn't correct.

I disagree with Elena about the shoulders. That shoulder is so steep; she won't cover the ground as efficiently, and will be horrible to ride over the long x-country stretches, in addition the lack of range of motion will limit jumping all around. The back is long and will also affect jumping quality and cause the hind end to drag and drop. She has a weak and very out of purportion hind end that isn't condusive to supporting and ballencing her frame for high scores in many dressage movements, or enough power for stadium jumping.

She does have a highly connected neck which would allow room for the legs to tuck nicely, but going back to her shoulder, I'm not sure she could get them up that high. Her barrel is fine, but ideally you would prefer to have a deeper heart girth, for lung capacity. When horses run their barrels and lungs act like an accordion, for the endurance required in xcountry ideally you would want a deeper heart girth for increased lung capacity.

Her legs though, ****. She is so camped under, I wouldn't jump a horse this camped under. All I see is accidents on landing, and stumbling.

This horse would be good for flat pleasure riding, trail riding and short sprints. The conformation is kind if the antithesis of what we look for in eventing. I see a casual pleasure mount over athletic competitor.
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