This mare was posted on the Fugly Horse of The Day blog and people were ripping the poor girl to shreds. For what? Because she is a mixed breed...Okay, she is a really mixed breed, grade mare...that also happens to be bred. It would seem from the comment section of FUGLY that this mare had every conformation fault possible. The ones I remember are ugly head, horrible neck and long back. Wow...it's a wonder this mare manages to walk around as poorly conformed as they say she is.
I wonder what they would have said about her if they saw this picture instead???Kinda hard to find all the stuff they said was wrong with her huh? Lets see if we can find any other conformation faults that the other picture didn't show...In this picture she looks like she toes in and is rather high in the hock. Some still might say that she is plain headed.
This trash talking PISSES ME OFF!!!! Wanna know why? Because most of the dipshits from fugly, that are talking trash and spitting out conformation faults on the "purportedly" fugly horses posted on the blog...DON'T KNOW SHIT from shinolla!! But I'm not gonna go in that direction with this post.
Nope, in this post, I am going to list all the positives this mare has going for her. Because that is what judging horses is about. It is about finding the horse that is the most positive example of what a breed standard has to offer. Obviously, I am a stock-horse type of girl and this mare more closely resembles a stock-horse than her bloodlines would suggest. They say she is 1/2 TB, 1/4 Draft(I see Belgian in those big old hips of hers, yes I do) and 1/4 Appaloosa.
Now lets find those positives...#1-She has all 4 legs. None of her legs are deformed, or carry big scars that could possibly affect her movement. Bonus Points!
#2-She has good bone and flat knees. Oh yes, that was one of the comments...someone said she was behind in the knees. I don't see it. The way she is standing could probably fool someone who doesn't know a lot about structural elements. She has nice big feet. She's a good sized girl-sure wouldn't want to see her standing on tiny little feet. Double bonus points!
#3-I like the set of her hocks in this picture. The way she is standing indicates to me that she is capable of getting up underneath herself and powering off that hind leg. Double bonus points again!
#4-Do you guys see that stifle? OMG-can we say power!! Tie off on a big old cow in the pasture and you do not have to be worried about getting drug around.
#5-Nice wither. Bet she holds a saddle well.
#6-She cinches deep.
#7-Nice, clean throatlatch
#8-This mare is long from eye to muzzle. Gee, do you think the TB had anything to do with that? You know, they really are known for having such nice, short heads-LOL...snort, choke. But, she is not "ugly" headed. She has a nice eye(very important MM) and is refined about the muzzle with large nostrils. And I like her ears. Oh yes, the ears are judged too. Hers may be a tad long(there is that TB again), but they are refined and well-shaped.
#1-There is that powerful stifle again. Sorry, I run barrels and my brother ropes...that particular piece of conformation is very important to us. That big booty is my engine and I do so like to go fast-LOL.
Now what do we see in this picture??
Now what do we see in this picture??
#2-Still a nice wither.
#3-Still cinches deep and has a nice round barrel. And the way her flank ties in looks much nicer.
#4-Still like her ears and now we can see that broad forehead and the nice eyes, set where they should be. She is still long from eye to muzzle, but you can see that her face is refined.
This picture really makes a person think long and hard about that hock set. But if you look at the left hind foot, you can visualize how the leg comes up and sets in. The right hind is deceiving, because it is back behind the vertical. Also, this mare doesn't tie in terribly deep(TB influence) so it makes the right hock look higher than it really is.
Of course, there is one spot that we never see and that is her front-end. I bet MM has seen a picture of it though...so she can tell me if I am wrong. The way that this mare's elbow sticks out in both pictures, sort of indicates to me that she may be somewhat flat chested(hey...I have the same problem myself, surely that can't be a fault?) and lacking in a nice V. Depending on the width between the points of her shoulders, she may or may not be somewhat rough to ride at the lope.
I will agree that the one picture of this mare makes her look long in the back, but...BUT...A long back, by itself indicates very little. A horse with a nice slope to the shoulder...and by the way, I think this mare's shoulder slope is average, and she should have a nice length of stride. As I was saying, a horse with a nice slope to the shoulder and low set hocks is seldom, if ever, hindered in any way by a longer back. Actually, a longer back, as long as it is strong, can give a horse a tremendous ability to break in the loin and bury his butt in those wonderful reining horse slides, everyone loves to watch. A long back is really only a fault in a halter class or if it is coupled with high set hocks and a straight shoulder.
See faults are relative. A single "fault" is not so much a fault as a possible limiting factor. The best thing to understand about faulting a horse is to know what faults are common and how they affect the movement of the horse, i.e-straight shoulders affect the length of stride on the front end, a high hock set affects a horse's ability to get his hind end up underneath himself for quick stops, roll backs or his "push-off" ability. Some faults commonly come with another fault...straight shoulders and short pasterns.
And never forget...For every limitation someone says a fault can cause...there is a horse out there that will prove that they can overcome it!!
Best of luck to you Mrs Mom, getting your new girl home. If there is anything I can do to help, let me know. I'm off my soapbox and off to bed. Crude, it is going to be a long day of shingling!!