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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
in this case I will agree with Poco. Many reining horses are purposely built downhill in order to bring less limitation to their bodies for that specific event, but this factor can be a hinderance when transfering to a different style of riding. He's a lovely animal and his stoutness promises a strong horse, but if you want to pursue dressage at all, you're going to want a more refined animal. A horse like him can spin on a dime or slide to a stop, but quarterhorses sometimes tend to have problems when learning to ride on the verticle because of their musculature. Their bodies naturally muscle very well in the hind, but it takes a lot of work to build up their toplines. Ofcourse, this can be true with any animal, but I have specifically noticed it in the QHs. If you mostly want a hunter, I would advise in looking for a stud with not just strong but well sloped shoulders, a bit longer of a neck, and clean legs. This stud is definately 'stout' but I can't really see his conformation. His foals all tend to take after him so I'm thinking what you see is what you get. You're most likely going to get a downhill foal.
Are specifically wanting a quarterhorse foal or are you open to other breeds?
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