➞ This mare is the most balanced overall of these three, which is the first thing I look for. She has a good, short back and strong topline, which will help her carry a rider. From top to bottom, she’s also well balanced, showing equal depth in her heartgirth as the length of her front legs.
She is a bit steep in her shoulder, and her front pasterns correlate to that angle, being a bit steep, as well. Her neck could be a bit slimmer ideally, and tie into her chest higher for better flexibility. Though this mare is fairly short in the croup, her croup is stronger than the other two mares’.
Her knees and her hocks are level with each other, a desirable trait as it helps keep her movement balanced. Her hock angle is good, neither too straight nor too angled, but she could use more muscling in her hind end and throughout her front end, too. Even though this mare has some faults, she’s the most balanced, athletic-looking of the three and the one I’d pick to ride.