1 This mare is balanced but more rectangular than square. Although she has a slightly straight shoulder it is long and deep. Her neck is set high on the shoulder with good shape. It’s probably not as long as she is showing here, but I like the arc to her mitbah and clean throat. This mare has a slight crest to her neck. Her triangular-shaped head is feminine with a lovely dish and small muzzle, and her eye looks good. Her ears are well shaped. This mare appears a little long in the loin but has good length of hip and croup, and her croup is level with a high tail set. She could have wider tendon attachments, although her cannon bones are short. In the photo she appears back at the knees, but she may be rocking back in her stance. You would have to verify when she takes a few steps. She is standing out behind herself. If I were judging her in the ring, I’d ask the trainer to step her forward. I don’t believe she is camped out naturally, but this stance is commonly used to level out a croup or disguise a low back. I don’t think this mare has either condition, but would have to see her in a more relaxed stance to verify.
2 This mare has an extremely long, fine neck with a very long and clean mitbah. Very feminine. An abundance of type. Her head appears very triangular with a small muzzle, and eyes appear large and set wide on a flat forehead. This mare could be just a smidgen shorter from eye to muzzle for me, but still it’s a beautiful head. Her shoulder is quite straight which pulls her balance off. She appears to have a short back, but that would be very unusual with such a long neck. Length of croup and hip are long with a level croup, but her tail is clamped down. Her hindquarter is square from the profile, which I really like, but she could have more muscling down the back of her thigh. She is somewhat lightly muscled in the hindquarter, even for a mare. She has good tendon attachments and appears straight in front from the profile. Again, this mare is camped out behind, and with her tail covering her hock angle, it is difficult to assess. Although I would guess that this mare, in fact, is camped out somewhat naturally, due to her pelvis which is slightly tilted up.
3 This mare is a bit more square in her balance than rectangular like the first two mares, which I prefer. She has a nice short back and strong coupling. Excellent muscle definition down the back of her thigh. Her hip and croup are somewhat shorter than the top two mares, but is still a very functional hindquarter with a high set tail. I especially love her width of tendon/ligament attachment. Her shoulder could have a bit more slope to it, and I would prefer her neck to sit a little higher on her shoulder. While her neck is not as long as the two mares above her, it is still suitable to her square appearance. I would prefer it be a bit cleaner in the throat. This mare’s head is very pleasant. It is not nearly as refined or extreme as the first two mares, but she has a short head with a large, expressive eye. A straight profile is completely acceptable in the breed and is present in many bloodlines. She could show a bit more femininity, but she is still very recognizably, “Arabian.”
4 This mare’s head also has a straighter profile, but it is still triangular, with probably a bit more refinement in the muzzle than C. I like her expression. Her shoulder has a bit more desirable slope than C, with a neck that is set higher. Her neck is also longer than C but is underslung at the base and is cresty at the top. That said, D would probably bridle better than C, while C has a more balanced body with a longer hip and croup and a straighter topline than D. The tailset of C is much higher. D is a bit weaker across the topline, being lower in the back and having a shorter, steeper croup. She could be wider in her tendon/ligament attachment although her front cannons are nice and short. It appears that C is more structurally correct in her feet and legs, but I love the depth of heartgirth in D.