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Hello, I want to ask for you help because I'm not to good at conformation critique. A friend of mine wants to adopt a horse and she can't decide between this 3.She wants a horse just for pleasure riding. She asked for my help but I'm not really sure if I can give her the best advice. All the horses are rescued from streets and now they are fully recovered.
So what do you think... :)?

1. Cezar,male, 9 - 10 years old, 15.3 hh, unknown breed (mix breed more exactly). I think that he may be sickle hooked and toed out a bit. I really like his shoulder. But besides of that I see nothing wrong. I couldn't find a picture with him standing in a proper position :-|. He has a very uncomfortable trot under saddle but I can't figure why, that's the reason I will not choose him, and he's a proud colt.
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2. Natasha, female, 12 years old, 15.1 hh, mix breed. I think that she is cow hooked. This is the one I'll choose between the 3. And she is very round :p and has a great color (not sure what's the name of the color). She is really comfortable under saddle and very responsive.
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3. Decebal, male, 6 years old, 14.3 hh I think, mix breed maybe some cross with lipizzaner. Not very sure what conformations flaws he have. He surely is very strong built and lazy :p. He is comfortable to ride but stubborn.
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Try to get conformation pics. From just looking at the pictures:

The first horse could use alot more weight. He looks really cow-hocked or bow-legged.. I can't really tell.

The second horse looks sickle and/or cow hocked.

The third horse has a really thick/short neck. It looks like he could use a trim. And in the last picture he looks cow-hocked.


They all need some serious muscle.. If it was my choice I would go for the third horse.
 

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Try to get conformation pics. From just looking at the pictures:

The first horse could use alot more weight. He looks really cow-hocked or bow-legged.. I can't really tell.

The second horse looks sickle and/or cow hocked.

The third horse has a really thick/short neck. It looks like he could use a trim. And in the last picture he looks cow-hocked.


They all need some serious muscle.. If it was my choice I would go for the third horse.

Thank you for the opinion :), really appreciate. The horses are not worked enough, or more exactly they are not worked at all :-| they are ridden rarely for 2 - 3 hours once or twice a week and in the rest of the time they are kept in a small pasture. All the winter they weren't ridden at all. So it's a little hard to work them, I try to do this but I can't do it with all 24 horses that are currently at this shelter. They all need a lot of muscle and a proper diet, they all came starved.

I will try to do better pictures but I can do it until friday if the weather will permit.
 

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Good luck, I think it's great what this rescue is doing.
Yes,it is a good thing because those horses were saved from death. If the horses wouldn't be rescued they will just starve 'till death. The great thing is that they charge nothing on the horses that are adopted. The horses will go for free at a proper home. The person interested in adopting one of the horses will be verified to see if he has good conditions and then he will pay just for the transport.

Too bad it is just one horse shelter in the whole country.
 

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I like the second horse. If all you are going to do is ride them for pleasure then I wouldn't worry about conformation too much. None of them have any flaws that would prevent them from being used that way. I don't really like the first horse much.
 

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I agree with Kevin. I like the bay mare the best of the three (horse #2). The only time you need to be overly critical about conformation would be if it presented a problem in the discipline that you will be using her for. As for trail riding, condition and rider comfort is more important then some minor flaws.
 

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thank you all for the advice :). I try to understand and appreciate the horse's conformation and I was reading that it can be important for a comfortable ride. Because of that I try to watch first the conformation. Anyway that's not the most important thing when buying/adopting a horse and I know it.
My friend is interested only in pleasure riding so I agree that a minor conformation flaw will not be very important. She was thinking that it may be helpful for her to choose a good horse so the better conformation will be a plus.
Considering the mixed breed of the horses I wasn't expecting a perfect conformation. I know that all of them have flaws.

I really appreciate the help. :D
 

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The first horse, the chesnut, looks to have some significant puffiness in all four fetlocks. One more reason to avoid him. Of the three, I prefer #2, the bay.
 

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The first horse, the chesnut, looks to have some significant puffiness in all four fetlocks. One more reason to avoid him. Of the three, I prefer #2, the bay.
After you mentioned it I understand what you mean, he definitely has something wrong with the fetlocks. Thank you for mentioning it.
 

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Also if this person isn't sure they could have a vet come out and look at the horse. A pre purchase exam is always a great way to tell if a horse is suitable for what the buyer wants to do with the horse.
 

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Also if this person isn't sure they could have a vet come out and look at the horse. A pre purchase exam is always a great way to tell if a horse is suitable for what the buyer wants to do with the horse.
Thank you, it's a great idea. I'm not sure if I can find a vet able to appreciate the suitability of a horse for a specific discipline or for a specific use near me. The vets here are good only for medical issues. :) But I will try to find out.
 
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