May 22, 2013
Judge My Ride
I’m aware her heels are rather low, but it’s only because we had just pulled her shoes. They are normally better. Please critique!
We already know this mare is a superior athlete, so let’s take a look at WHY she can jump the way she does. First take a look at those very short and sturdy cannons. The gray coloring makes it appear that her left fetlock is enlarged but I am pretty sure it is the color change giving that optical illusion. I do think I spot an interference mark on the inside of her right front fetlock. Did she hit herself? It is possible that her right tendon is slightly enlarged, really hard to tell from this photo. She has well defined and well laid back withers. Her shoulder is long and sloping. This permits the length of stride and mechanically allows her to fold up the front legs tightly. Her neck ties onto the shoulder beautifully and she has a lovely crest. This permits her to use this neck well to balance. Her top line is well muscled. These are the jumping muscles! Her hind leg is correct. This permits her to use the hind end to it’s best advantage for the “hock gathering” stride just prior to take off and to push off from the ground powerfully. She has well developed hip muscle. My only criticism (and it is minor) is that her croup is slightly steeply angled. However, this does not affect her movement or jumping ability at all, as we have seen dozens of times in jumping photos and videos. LOVELY MARE!
Thank you so much for the in depth critique! That was really interesting to read, and I like how you explained everything. Thank you!
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