Se­cond: Mare A

Horse & Rider - - Practice Pen Conformation Clinic -

This spot­ted mare has lighter muscling than Mare C, but bet­ter toned mus­cu­la­ture. Her over­all hind- end struc­ture with her hocks set di­rectly un­der her should pro­vide plenty of abil­ity to achieve the for­ward drive we want from her hind end.

She places be­hind Mare C pri­mar­ily be­cause her shoul­der is shorter and its an­gle, formed by the two lines meet­ing at her point of shoul­der, is more acute than the ideal 90 de­grees, which pro­vides less reach­ing and pulling abil­i­ties in her front end. Her front legs look clean with good, f lat knees and good pastern slope.

She has an at­trac­tive head, and though her neck is a lit­tle lighter than ideal, it’s shapely and long enough to give the up-and- down head nod we want when she’s gait­ing. She’s level from withers to croup, but her croup drops off more sharply to her tail head

No mat­ter your con­fi­dence level when you start this ex­er­cise, if you fol­low these steps, in this or­der, as in­cre­men­tally as nec­es­sary to achieve re­sults, you’ll be on your way to hav­ing a whole new out­look on rid­ing. And your con­fi­dence will be boosted to the next level!

Scott Pur­dum is a trainer, coach, and clin­i­cian based in Fred­er­icks­burg, Vir­ginia. Clin­ics at his ranch and at other venues in the east fo­cus on horse­man­ship, work­ing ob­sta­cles, colt-start­ing, and more. Learn about his Ad­van­tage Horse­man­ship Pro­gram at ad­van­tage­horse­man­

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