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Hi folks Here is a picture of a horse I'm riding and am wondering what thoughts you might have on her conformation. I think she is decently put together. She certainly nice to ride. What do you think? Apologies if the photo is too large-am not familiar with photobucket and photo resizing.


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The conformation Basics link discusses conformation as applies to quarter horse the basics of balance remain the same. See if you can apply it to your horse. I will be pleased to help you if you run into some problems.

http://www.dailyequine.com/forums/topic....IC_ID=3045

Your horse looks very solid and big. Her head and neck are a little closer to the camera making it a bit hard to judge how it attaches to her body.

Her hip and shoulder angles could be bit more angled but a I suspect she is a strong striding solid feeling horse with a very nice temperament.
Hi This mare is rising 8 year old 14.3 HH Canadian Horse weighing in at about 950 pounds. She is just getting back into work again after having been separated from a foal last October. She is quite solid and does move in a more up and down way at the trot. She's hard to sit to but does still manage to cover a fair bit of ground per stride. I've always thought that she had a head that was a little larger than should be, she doesn't have an overly small muzzle or a slim and clean throatlatch like some horses. She,to me, has low wide wtihers a small dip behind her withers but not an overly long back. I agree that she has slighly steep angles on the hind end and shoulder but her legs appear to be straight and supporting properly for the most part. She is in need of having her toes trimmed at the time of the picture but she doesn't have overly angled pasterns. Well, this is my bit of quesswork. Hook??? or anyone else? I just know that I enjoy riding this mare. She is very willing to try and for the most part, quiet. I am currently schooling w/t/c and hoping to get to trail riding with her. I'm not really sure of her foundation training work--she feels green broke to me and has as far as I know, been used as a broodmare mostly.
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Originally posted by Cayuse

Hi This mare is rising 8 year old 14.3 HH Canadian Horse weighing in at about 950 pounds. She is just getting back into work again after having been separated from a foal last October. She is quite solid and does move in a more up and down way at the trot. She's hard to sit to but does still manage to cover a fair bit of ground per stride. I've always thought that she had a head that was a little larger than should be, she doesn't have an overly small muzzle or a slim and clean throatlatch like some horses. She, to me, has low wide withers a small dip behind her withers but not an overly long back. I agree that she has slightly steep angles on the hind end and shoulder but her legs appear to be straight and supporting properly for the most part. She is in need of having her toes trimmed at the time of the picture but she doesn't have overly angled pasterns. Well, this is my bit of guesswork. Hook??? or anyone else? I just know that I enjoy riding this mare. She is very willing to try and for the most part, quiet. I am currently schooling w/t/c and hoping to get to trail riding with her. I'm not really sure of her foundation training work--she feels green broke to me and has as far as I know, been used as a broodmare mostly.



I would have thought she was bigger than 14.3 in the picture. You have done a good job of applying the conformation basics. Her basic conformation, heavier upright neck and larger head I believe is a breed trait for the Canadian Breed. The Canadian is a unique breed originating in Quebec and is one of the original All-purpose breeds that can plow the fields, hook up to a buggy or wagon or saddle and go to town on Saturday night. They also are known for their excellent temperament.
Do you have another photo of her? It's hard to tell from this but it seems like she's standing at a funny angle....I can't tell about her hock angles, in particular. She looks like a solid horse, and it's great that she's so fun to ride. I am not sure about the Canadian breed standards, but she looks like she has a nice throatlatch area, and I am guessing she can flex vertically if you asked her to. She has a kind eye, and I like her overall appearance for a good solid riding horse.