Se­cond: Mare C

Horse & Rider - - Practice Pen -

This mare, when di­vided into three seg­ments, is the most bal­anced of the three, and I would have placed her first if not for her hock angle in this photo. I be­lieve her hind legs aren’t ac­tu­ally as sickle-hocked as they ap­pear here, and that she’s stand­ing with her hocks placed un­der­neath her too far, but I have to judge her on the photo.

Her head is even more fem­i­nine than Mare A’s, and she’s trimmest in her throat­latch. Her neck ties into her chest the high­est of these three for the best flex­i­bil­ity. She’s not as deep through the heart­girth as Mare A and doesn’t have as much def­i­ni­tion in her with­ers. Her croup is also higher than her with­ers, but as with Mare A, not enough to be a ma­jor fault.

Struc­turally, she has more slope to her shoul­ders and hips than Mare A, and her shoul­der and hip an­gles match well. She also has clean legs and good slope to her pasterns for a smooth, com­fort­able stride. I’d like to see more vol­ume and def­i­ni­tion to her muscling.

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