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Practical Horseman - - Conformation Clinic -

This mare has a beau­ti­ful face with a lot of width be­tween her eyes, the horse­man’s sign for in­di­cat­ing in­tel­li­gence. Her fem­i­nine muz­zle and ex­pres­sion ex­ude class. Her over­all bal­ance can’t be faulted with her equal sec­tions of shoul­der, bar­rel and hindquar­ter.

Although her neck has good length, it’s thin and un­de­vel­oped. It does tie in high to her shoul­der to al­low for max­i­mum range of motion. How­ever, her prom­i­nent withers drop off sharply, rais­ing con­cern for sad­dle-fit­ting and back sore­ness.

She shows no fore­arm muscling and pos­sesses very long can­non bones. This re­sults in a weak, inef- fi­cient stride. She also has small joints and lacks over­all sub­stance of bone. Her fet­lock joints are wor­ri­some. They ap­pear to show quite a buildup of cal­ci­fi­ca­tion, which re­stricts joint move­ment. The up­right pasterns will add con­cus­sion ef­fects.

Ad­di­tion­ally, her feet don’t match. The left front looks clubby (higher heel) with a dish shape. This lim­its blood flow and re­quires more fre­quent far­rier vis­its. Although su­per­fi­cial, the bucked shin on her hind leg in­di­cates strain.

This mare has a love­able face, but un­for­tu­nately her light bone and leg struc­ture make her a risky bet for sound­ness longevity.

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