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I would like comments or evaluations of this 7 year old QH Mare. She is very fat at this time. She is 16.2 hands.

I am open to anyones ideas so don't worry about saying what you see.



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She's gorgeous. She looks to have a stocky build to her, which I like, lot of muscle tone. I'm not too sure about the way her shoulders kind of, 'drop' off to her back, but I'm no genius on conformation points. ^^ Just tellin' what I see.
Overall I think she's a good looking mare. What's her name?[8)]
Hi DE,
Welcome to the forum. You might want to check out the earlier topics describing how to self-evaluate your mare's conformation which covers the basic points using a Photo of Profit.

Your mare is very pretty with an excellent coat condition. She does not appear to be too fat in the pictures. I really like the long groomed mane. The picture might be deceiving but she does not give the appearance of a 16.2 hand horse. My guess is 15.2 or less.

My first over all impression of this horse is she is happy and well-loved.

It may be the angles of the picture but her front end seems to over power her back end. Her neck could be narrower at the base where it joins her shoulder and join her chest a bit higher which allows for more shoulder movement.

Her shoulder angle as defined from the point of her withers to the point of her shoulder is a bit steeper than ideal which may result in a shorter stride than a horse with more shoulder angle.

I would prefer that she have more muscling through the loin area to carry the heavier front end.

Her hip should be a bit deeper to help balance her front end.

I would think that your mare works with more weight on her front end and has problems collecting and working from her back end to get that lightened front end necessary for more advanced movements. I would think that if you conscientiously work on making her use her behind with more collection this will, overtime, develop more loin and back muscles.

Try to review the conformation basics topic and review each point with your mare. If you have any specific questions I will try to address them.

Please remember that there are very few perfect conformation horses and the under standing of conformation makes you better able to work with your horse to accentuate the positives and compensate for the negatives.
Mad Hatter- Thank you for your compliments. Her name is Valley Girl Elegance. No real big names on her pedigree. She is a mare I am thinkg about buying for a new project.

Hook-- Thank you so much for the evaluation. I wanted to get others opinions to help sway me one way or another on buying her. I am some where in the middle. I have printed some of the other topics to do the evaluation on my own.

I totally agree about her neck and shoulders. I feel she is very front end heavy and has a moderate- to short stride. I think she might make a large gentleman a great trail horse not a flashy show horse. (nothing wrong with that)

She is truely 16.2. I used my measuring stick. I am 5 ft 7 inches and she is just as tall at the withers as I am. My weight tape goes to 1400 lbs and it is not long enough. I don't think she is actually over 1400 lbs she just has a huge heart girth. I thru my english saddle on her when she got here and my 54 girth fit on hole 1 on both sides.


Here a picture of me standing by her.

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Originally posted by Dynamic Equine

Her name is Valley Girl Elegance. No real big names on her pedigree. She is a mare I am thinkg about buying for a new project.

Hook-- Thank you so much for the evaluation. I wanted to get others opinions to help sway me one way or another on buying her. I am some where in the middle. I have printed some of the other topics to do the evaluation on my own.

I totally agree about her neck and shoulders. I feel she is very front end heavy and has a moderate- to short stride. I think she might make a large gentleman a great trail horse not a flashy show horse. (nothing wrong with that)

She is truely 16.2. I used my measuring stick. I am 5 ft 7 inches and she is just as tall at the withers as I am. My weight tape goes to 1400 lbs and it is not long enough. I don't think she is actually over 1400 lbs she just has a huge heart girth. I thru my english saddle on her when she got here and my 54 girth fit on hole 1 on both sides.
Here a picture of me standing by her.




She sure looks bigger in this photo. I do like her overall appearance and she looks to have a very nice relaxed and willing attitude. I think I would go for the relaxed willing attitude over slight variation from ideal conformance any day.

What kind of project are you considering for her? I do think that with some collection training she would develop more loin and hip muscling.

I know what you mean about a large girth. Hook's western girth is 42" and could be a couple of inches longer. I got a chuckle out of the label when I noticed it said for "draft horse"
Wow she is a big girl. Im no good at conformation remarks but i think she looks beautiful (especially in the last pic) all the best with yourdecision
She's a big girl, that's for sure! And pretty! I am guessing this QH has a lot of Thoroughbred in her pedigree. She has a TB sloping hip, high hocks, and sort of a TB look to her face. She's not the old timey QH, but she's a VERY classy appendix looking horse. That deep girth is something I look for in a horse...I think it's a wonderful trait and combined with her great sloping shoulders I think she looks wonderful. I bet she'd do great in English or jumping. How does she ride?