Hi! I have a 15.1-ish 6 y/o Selle Francais x TB mare who I think would like to try her hoof at eventing, provided her scaredy-cat-arse mom (me) gets over her confidence/fear issues - we've only gone as high as 2'3" before, because of my silliness. She loves jumping, and is bold and sassy, and her dam did Training level eventing.
If anyone can glean any conformation critiques out of these not-necessarily-the-best-conformation-set-up photos, that'd be great! I'm just looking to see whether or not you think her physique would hold up to the rigors of low-level eventing (BN or Novice at best, probably). If not, I'm perfectly content to hack around huntseat and stick to little bitty hunter classes at schooling shows. I'm not in it for the ribbons or anything like that! I just love her and want her to be sound, safe, and sane. She has a pretty good work ethic and I think she has the heart for eventing, just not sure about the conformation (I grew up hunter/jumper, dabbled in dressage).
Nice and uphill, but seems to be lacking some butt! But what do I know.
Start her and see how she does, I'm sure she can go to training at least.
Ummm don't want to mention it, but the picture of you riding her - it looks like the saddle is too far up on her withers. Could be just the pic.
Let us know how she does!
I think she's a very attractive mare. Looks thick in the throatlatch, not sure if she just has a big front end or lacking in the hindend, she looks muscular enough. Working out of the ring really helped me and my mare build up some muscle.
I find that eventers aren't huge equitation critiques, but big on saddle fit! They ride to get the job done safely, not to be pretty (though some are better at looking pretty for sure!). It doesn't really appear that the saddle is too far forward, it looks more like it's too small in the seat and flap. The saddle pad gives the impression it's forward, but it doesn't look like the pommel is. That's just my impression of the photos.
She gets a but heavy-headed in the colder months, all of her fuzz seems to go there, but she ends up looking way more refined in the warmer months, of course!
She's always had a scrawny-ish high-end and now that I'm in a place with a lot of room to roam, I'm excites to take her out of the ring and work up that rear end!
The saddle is small for me, it's the one I've had for probably 17 years (yikes) and unfortunately my physique has changed since I was 12, hehe. I was riding in my last trainer's saddle at the old barn and am on the hunt for a better fitting, more useful saddle!
Thanks, I wondered about the pad making it look too far forward also :-)
Have fun! one of the best things about eventing is that many different types of horses can do the job, and the main criteria is that you guys are safe and enjoying it!
My two are both "nontraditional" eventers -- a dressage refugee and a draft cross, and they have a blast...