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View Poll Results: Totally quarter horse?
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    07-26-2012, 12:51 PM
Quarter Horse or something more?

I bought a 10 year old gelding for $200 several months ago. No papers and the vet wasn't sure if he is totally QH or not. He acts and runs like a thoroughbred, runs barrels like a beast! He's 15.2 hh, stocky when at the right weight (had a feed issue recently so he's just now gaining weight back), sorrel/white star and white rear pasturn. He has little bit of a mealy coloration around the lower parts of all legs. Not sure if that's natural or from damage. His hooves are caked from mud in the picture and it was before his first trim here. He has a nice arch in his neck when riding that reminds me of a Morgan.

Great personality, great horse overall. He's like a big puppy that follows me around and he now plays like one with people in a horse way. He was a slightly abused horse, terrified of whips. The very sight of one makes him bolt. So sad.
He can rack with ease, but doesn't do any other "fancy" gaits that I know of. He likes to throw his head and has no physical cause that the vet and farrier/trainer could find. Our farrier is Carl Ford (owner of Teddy Terrific). I trust Carl completely. John seems to do it for the fun of it. He tosses his head when he gets grain, runs around, etc.. It's like an excitement thing if you watch him long enough. He won't do it at a walk, but if he wants to run and I say no he shakes his head until I do. He's one of those horses that have a high head at the starting gate and just wants to go. The previous owners were idiots and hardly knew anything about horses. They tried to trail ride him and he was "too fast" for them after just 2 weeks.

Some of the pictures were from April and he still had most of his winter coat on. His mane will be long when it grows back out. Other horses had bit and pulled it so I trimmed the ends. His forelock has never been messed with, has grown another inch since April and it's long. Pictures don't do him justice

I just want to know what he is basically besides all around racer. I wasn't great with breeding judging as a kid unless they were distinctive breeds

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    07-26-2012, 01:04 PM
I'm voting 'no'. He is a grade horse, but he very well may be an appendix (QH/Thoroughbred cross) I don't see any Morgan in him whatsoever. He could be anything tho!
    07-26-2012, 01:06 PM

Please state your reasons for your vote if you have time. I'm not new to the horse by far. I just suck with breed characteristics in crosses especially. It really helps to know why or why not you think this way or that.
    07-26-2012, 01:14 PM
Originally Posted by TrojanCowgirl    
I'm voting 'no'. He is a grade horse, but he very well may be an appendix (QH/Thoroughbred cross) I don't see any Morgan in him whatsoever. He could be anything tho!

I was thinking Appendix. I've had quarter horse and tennessee walkers and he is not 100% quarter horse imo. I've had an Impressive, Boston Star, and Joe's Choice. Boss was the only "famous" one of the three for AQHA congress in the early 90's. We also have a gelding whos grandsire is Dash For Cash and they behave like brothers, I swear! We also have a foundation QP and 2 QH mares.
    07-26-2012, 10:04 PM
His head says Thoroughbred to me.
    07-26-2012, 10:09 PM
He looks like the Thoroughbreds here - doesn't resemble a QH to me...
    07-26-2012, 10:10 PM
Green Broke
I"m saying QH or Appendix. He looks just like my Two Eyed Jack daughter, right down to the head and she was definitely QH.

When you say "rack" describe exactly what you are seeing. I'm not saying you are wrong or anything, just a lot of people thinking racking is something different than what it is and it would be good to get a description so we know for sure if it's racking or something else...which helps determine breed. To my knowledge, QH's don't "rack"
    07-26-2012, 10:14 PM
I see a thoroughbred as well. Possibly appendix
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    07-26-2012, 11:00 PM
Not seeing quarter horse either his head,neckset, lack of the muscling ...
He could really be combination of any number of breeds,yes I would even say a gaited breed would be a closer possibility than a quarter horse.
    07-27-2012, 12:44 PM
Green Broke
I see a heavy TB influence. Could be full TB, appendix QH, or some other TB cross.

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