Quarter Horses on the Thin Side

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        07-17-2014, 01:55 PM
    Quarter Horses on the Thin Side

    I am currently looking at green broke quarter horses between the ages of 2-5 year old. I am seeing a lot of thin prospects. A lot at 2-3 are still under 15 hh. My first quarter horse I purchased was at least 15 hh and rolly polly stocky at 2. (He was purchased in the Northeast). Crazy question, I am in TN now, is there a difference sidewise in quarter horses. I want to start my new horse under saddle, but it looks I would have to fatten up a lot of these prospects. Any advice or help would be appreciated!
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        07-17-2014, 02:01 PM
    Green Broke
    Fat is not healthy especially on growing joints. Im not sure what you see as thin though so I can't say much other then that. I rather see a slim horse then a rolly polly any day. There is also a differnenc in being stocky and being fat..
        07-17-2014, 02:22 PM
    What I am seeing is thinner and frailer looking QH prospects. They don't have the stockiness. They to be smaller overall for their age.
        07-17-2014, 02:38 PM
    They could be the 'new' fad of 1/4 horse. They like them small and dainty looking.
    Not like the big stock type horses of the past. I have not seen a bulldog type 1/4 in a long time
        07-17-2014, 02:40 PM
    Green Broke
    Stevenson my trainers got two of em :]. My boy is in the middle but out here I havent seen many dainty bred qhs..
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        07-17-2014, 02:47 PM
    Glad to know they are still out there. I guess it depends on the area, many out here are little short, small hooved .. cutting horses, not the bulldoggy heavy boned horses. They still look 1/4 but are just daintier looking .
        07-17-2014, 03:13 PM
    Green Broke
    Ya both my trainers were rescues. The grey she got the women was an animal contrl officer who was only feeding him once a week 0.0 he couldn't even stand in the trailer for the ride home, he's the sturdiest horse I've ever met. The buckskin mare was found in a mexicans backyard junk heap with no tail and unhealthy look to her. Both are absolutely gorgeous and insanely easy keepers.
        07-17-2014, 04:05 PM
    2-3 they are still growing and haven't filled out. There is a difference between thin and malnourished. Malnourished and their height may be impacted. Too fat is not healthy and wouldn't be the same as stocky or fit. Even a stocky youngster I would prefer to see on the thinner side. It may be that they are breeding for smaller and more dainty where you are at. I'd look at siblings of the ones you are considering that are older and mature in size to get an idea of how they will look when they are done growing.
        07-18-2014, 12:47 AM
    Green Broke
    OK, I know they're paints but they are almost pure QH breeding. I'm just using these as an example to see if this is the type of build you're looking for. Both horses were weanlings in the following pics.



    If so, they are out there but you're more likely to find them from a breeder who is raising trail horses than you are from a show breeder. At least around here that seems to be the case.

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