Advert - Poor conformation for broodmare?

Hormonal Filly

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Just came across this ad. Fully registered Irish Draught mare priced very cheaply. Unbacked, being sold as a broodmare due to very poor conformation.
Am I missing something? Surely you don't breed from something that has poor conformation, it will only pass it on to its off spring? I don't know tons about conformation but chest and back end looks 'odd' to me? Sure someone can pass more knowledgeable comments on the photo.

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The photo looks at a funny angle but she looks a bit like the front end don't belong with the hind end, she looks weak behind but it could be due to age and lack of work?

It is a strange thing to put in an advert as no you wouldn't want to breed from something with bad conformation.
 

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Bad photo angle as the hooves at the back look boxy? You want a side on photo.

Why are they not backed? Goes lame, falls over their own feet.
 

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You certainly don't want to breed from something with bad conformation unless it has some other redeeming feature such as won at the Olympics. That said, whilst it doesn't seem the best angle for a conformation photo (why do people do this?? Just take a decent side on shot fgs...) it actually looks quite a nice type for a broodmare from what we can see (subject possibly to the straight hind leg already pointed out but I'd want to see it properly and moving to assess that). Maybe they mean as an embryo recipient mare?
 

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I 100% believe people should have to undertake an assessment in order to hold a license for breeding.

See far too much of poor conformation, poor temperament, lack of decent results or a lack of results altogether. Anyone with a stallion thinks they can or should breed and likewise anyone with a mare thinks they can too. Especially if the mare has failed as a ridden horse which means that somewhere a weakness is being bred. And then we wonder why a, there are so many horses for sale b, why none of us can sell horses and c, why so many go wrong!
 
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From that angle it looks like she could be very straight in her hind legs.

I saw an ad recently for a potential jumping horse that had straight hindlimbs that would rival a halter bred Quarter horse. I did remember someone once saying that 'on the straighter side hinds' can be good for jumping, but these I thought would be too straight even so.
 
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Just came across this ad. Fully registered Irish Draught mare priced very cheaply. Unbacked, being sold as a broodmare due to very poor conformation.
Am I missing something? Surely you don't breed from something that has poor conformation, it will only pass it on to its off spring? I don't know tons about conformation but chest and back end looks 'odd' to me? Sure someone can pass more knowledgeable comments on the photo.

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I'd say at a rough guess that due to her massively overdeveloped front end and her under muscled back end she has something along the lines of spavin particuarly as she would be predisposed to it with her straight hindlimbs.

She obviously finds it easier to pull herself along than push herself along - hence the muscle development/lack of.

If she does have spavin there it could be hereditary as there is a high incidence of it in Icelandic's suggesting it could be a genetic predisposition.
 
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Too weird an angle to fully tell from that pic, but as a theory, no I wouldn’t want to breed from something with horrendously poor conformation.
Depends what you’re after though. If you’re not expecting a world beater but something that’s a useful, nice person, less than perfect conformation might be worth considering if it’s nothing drastic?
 
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This is one I stumbled across recently. I'm afraid I can't see the point of advertising a horse for sale if the best and only photo you can come up with is this. Not exactly showing him off well? Poor horse, think he's probably a cutie really.
 

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I can take unflattering photos of mine, but then I have an amazing skill of getting her at an angle where she looks slim! ;)
Most horses at that angle display weird bums anyway.
 
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A sweet face and for a low price she'll go to someone.

Our Grey Mare has straight hind legs and jumps like a stag, or did before said legs went wonky :rolleyes: But she's also a fruitloop so we'd never have tried to breed from her.

Retired these past five years or so she can still have a good hoon around when the mood takes her.
 
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