➞ This mare has the best front end of these three. She has the most feminine head, some shape and breed-type to her neck, the best withers, and good shoulder angle. Her front pasterns match her shoulders, and her neck ties into her chest the best in this class.
Behind her shoulders lie faults that place her behind the other two mares. Overall balance is the No. 1 thing I look for, so the class can’t be won by a pretty head and neck. Her back is very long and weak, and her croup is short and very steep.
Though her front pasterns match her shoulder angle, her hind pasterns match her steep croup, and the combination will make her long-strided in front and short-strided behind. That’ll make for a rough ride and difficult for the mare to perform athletically. Her hocks are too straight, which doesn’t allow good flexion, and she’ll produce more of an up-and-down motion behind instead of a swinging, reaching movement.