View Full Version : Conformation opinions please
2nd March 2010, 08:00 PM
I'd really appreciate some opinions on Saffy's conformation. Her back feet are *slightly* turned out but only when she's standing tied up. Apart from that..pick away!
Poppy and Harmony
2nd March 2010, 08:04 PM
overall, she looks to me to be a well put together pony
Her necks maybe a little short but thats all I can see
My Crazy Clan
2nd March 2010, 09:25 PM
Not a comfo person but I have always thought she was a nicely put together mare.
3rd March 2010, 11:37 AM
She looks ok to me! But I dont know much lol.
Might do a post like this for Bertie, his confo is pants lol
3rd March 2010, 12:10 PM
she looks like a lovely pony! :) No obvious faults but im no expert on conformation!
3rd March 2010, 01:51 PM
She's a really nice type. Like pops said, a little short in the neck, but a lot of cobby ponies are.
If i was going to be really nit picky i might say she's a little thick through the throat. But this got just be an optical illusion from her winter woolies and the fact her topline is a little weak at the mo (who's arent this time of year!)
With correct schooling (which you are working on, i know) her neck could become more defined and a bit less bull-like (please dont be offended, i'm being nit-picky!) You could give the illusion of having a more defined neck by having smaller plaits, and less of them. Does she eat from a haynet? To me she's got what i call a 'haynet neck'. It's not an upside down neck, because she has got muscles in the right places, but the underside looks built up too? Using a corner manger in her stable and feeding hay from the floor will help her to strech and use the right muscles.
After a long sting of box rest and tugging on haynets icarus had no shape to his neck. But a year of correct work sorted that out.
Before - see how its all stright lines on top and under his neck, theres no curve.
She looks like a horse at the start of her career. I expect this time next year she'll look like a different horse altogether.
Have you got the showing bug now?!:D
3rd March 2010, 03:38 PM
Totally agree with IG,
She has got quite a large head for her body frame [Spuds the same :lol:] which will be one reason she has a larger neck. Im certain that with good schooling to get her on the bit and in a nice outline as she gets older, it will really help as the muscle will revert to the top.
She is a slight on the long size for her body, however it isnt as much as some horses i have seen [Spud again]
Over all she is quite nicely put together. :)
3rd March 2010, 04:12 PM
Just the neck thing that everyone else has said. It's going to take you a bit longer to work her consistently in an outline because her muscles are working against you but lots of long and low stuff should help. Also a bit more slow hillwork would do wonders for her hindquarters.
3rd March 2010, 06:10 PM
shes an alright type of pony her neck is a bit short and thcik especailly around her thraot which will make coming round a bit tricker but not impossible for her, other than her neck she is alright everwhere else her back feet look quite upright but cant tell that well
4th March 2010, 10:38 AM
Thanks everyone :) I always thought she had quite a big head :lol: Completely agree with the neck thing too. I've been thinking of feeding her from the floor so I'll definitely start doing that now. I think once she starts going out more too then that should help if she's constantly grazing. Maybe then she'll look like Icarus (HAH!). Glad she hasn't got any major faults. The hard work has definitely begun!
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