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post #31 of 36 Old 06-12-2012, 08:00 AM
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The one feature I had always admired in the walker was the elegant head that reflected the pacer. Since the origins of the breed come from a variety, if we look back a number of lines evolved. Mine comes from a long line of sturdy blacks. Has anyone noticed that the sabinos are usually tall, lanky and a bit rangy? Many of the chestnuts are of a lighter build? My black is built much like the pinto with the young gal, good bone in his legs. In full winter coat he could pass for a Percheron. Lol
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post #32 of 36 Old 06-12-2012, 08:45 AM
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Thats the thing Darrin, I can't find a good tall solid built walker around my area hardly. And if you find one by god you will have to pay dearly for it ha ha.
That's the thing, you can't find a big walker to buy in Oregon either but if you do you'll likely pay less for it than a shorter one. That's because it's been on the market for a while so you can dicker them down if they haven't already really dropped the price.

Jolly, those narrow slab sided horses are easier to ride than barrel chested horses. It's part of the same deal as breeding them down in size, done for sellability and not for show. Also, you can have that narrow built horse who is an absolute tank when you look at their bone structure. This guy here, http://www.horseforum.com/members/24...phax-21089.jpg, has a narrow chest but there is nothing fine about his bones (16.2hh). Not only that he out weighs this guy, http://www.horseforum.com/members/24...ster-21088.jpg who has a wider chest, same height at the wither but almost a full inch taller in the butt. He has what I would call normal sized bone structure.
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post #33 of 36 Old 06-12-2012, 08:57 AM
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I don't care if they're shorter or not - but so many of the Walkers being bred now are narrow, lightly-built little things. Even a short horse can still be stout and wide.

The narrow ones just don't appeal to me on any level. They just look (to me) like they're a short trail ride away from breaking down.

Its not the height its the width, the show breeders are breeding horses that feel like you are riding a spit rail fence post. And calling them Walkers. I have a nice sturdy 15 hand horse and several of my friends ride walkers with noce builds that arte between 14-3 and 15-2
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post #34 of 36 Old 06-12-2012, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Its not the height its the width, the show breeders are breeding horses that feel like you are riding a spit rail fence post. And calling them Walkers. I have a nice sturdy 15 hand horse and several of my friends ride walkers with noce builds that arte between 14-3 and 15-2

My mare is 14.3 and has a decent size body. I think by 5 she will be 15 hands.
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post #35 of 36 Old 06-12-2012, 05:43 PM
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While the showy look is pretty, I agree, for me (a nearly 6 foot tall female) I like the feeling of substance underneath of m. My mare is 15.2 (maybe 3 now) and solid...I call her my amazon ha ha, she is 3 yrs old in the below photo.

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post #36 of 36 Old 06-12-2012, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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While the showy look is pretty, I agree, for me (a nearly 6 foot tall female) I like the feeling of substance underneath of m. My mare is 15.2 (maybe 3 now) and solid...I call her my amazon ha ha, she is 3 yrs old in the below photo.

She is a beauty!
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