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post #1 of 16 Old 02-16-2012, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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10 Y.O. AQHA 4-h Prospect--critique please

This is Duke. He's 10 years old, 15.2 hands and we have him for a 3 week trial to see if he'll make a good 4-H horse for my daughter. He's been a super trail horse, has the basics down, but needs some work on his leads and side-passing. Those are pretty minor when his personality is taken into account. He's amazingly sweet, mellow and adjusted to his new home so fast. We put him out in the roundpen and he just chilled. He was one of the herd instantly.


This was the best we could do with squaring him up. From this I see that he's a little under himself, but once he learns how to square up we might realize that he's not.


He ALWAYS looks at my daughter like this.




He is a little thick in the throat latch, but does know how to flex at the pole so it probably won't hinder him too much.
He has some halter horse in him, but he's HYPP n/n.


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I can't really help you conformation wise, but I love him! Like you said, he is a bit thick in the throat latch but I don't really see anything bad that's glaringly obvious to me. He has a gentle face and I like how he doesn't have the tiny legs and feet that some halter-bred horses can have.
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Unfortunately I can't offer much of a confirmation critique but what I do see is a happy looking horse with an incredible kind eye! It almost looks like your daughter and Duke have some sort of a connection already, but maybe that is just how the pictures came out. Either way he looks like he really likes her. All good things in my book. I hope the next 3 weeks are good for all of you!!

Good luck and keep us posted on how things are going!
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I was in 4H for a long time and saw way to many horses that just shouldnt have been allowed to be ridden in 4h.

I think you found a great horse, perfect age strong confirmation. Perfect size for your daughter, as she can still grow and now be too big!

Id go for it! 4H horses are used alot and like i said i saw many horses with body confirmation that made me cringe that and horriable matches of rider and horse! Go for it, fallow your gut feeling and stick by it! He is very handsome and will for sure be noticed by judges in the show ring and you still have months to bond and grow with him before it time for shows to get ready for fair and all of that!

Just wiat till he sheds out that winter coat and has some TLC and good grooming as well as get more in shape you will have one very very flashy horse for your daughter!
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I really like him! There are a few things I dislike-long back, upright pasterns, thick throatlatch, but I think his overall sturdiness makes up for it. He's certainly not a train wreck!
And, I think that if his personality and your daughter's personality mesh (which they appear to!), that certainly overcomes any slight conformational flaws he has. :)

And I love that he's 10. I think that's a great age for your daughter, no green-on-green but still young enough to last for a really long time.

He looks like a real sweetie, what a score for you guys! And I agree with KS, he'll be super flashy when he sheds out!

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His conformation is absolutely fine! He looks 100% perfect for your daughter! He could use some groceries, but this sweet guy is exactly what you need. Don't let this one go!
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The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
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I was in 4H for a long time and saw way to many horses that just shouldnt have been allowed to be ridden in 4h.

I think you found a great horse, perfect age strong confirmation. Perfect size for your daughter, as she can still grow and now be too big!

Id go for it! 4H horses are used alot and like i said i saw many horses with body confirmation that made me cringe that and horriable matches of rider and horse! Go for it, fallow your gut feeling and stick by it! He is very handsome and will for sure be noticed by judges in the show ring and you still have months to bond and grow with him before it time for shows to get ready for fair and all of that!

Just wiat till he sheds out that winter coat and has some TLC and good grooming as well as get more in shape you will have one very very flashy horse for your daughter!
I was emailed some pictures of him this summer and he is stunning when he sheds.

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I really like him! There are a few things I dislike-long back, upright pasterns, thick throatlatch, but I think his overall sturdiness makes up for it. He's certainly not a train wreck!
And, I think that if his personality and your daughter's personality mesh (which they appear to!), that certainly overcomes any slight conformational flaws he has. :)

And I love that he's 10. I think that's a great age for your daughter, no green-on-green but still young enough to last for a really long time.

He looks like a real sweetie, what a score for you guys! And I agree with KS, he'll be super flashy when he sheds out!
Oh the poor 4-H matches! It makes me sick sometimes. We've been looking since September and have passed on a lot of horses because they just weren't right. His age is perfect.

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His conformation is absolutely fine! He looks 100% perfect for your daughter! He could use some groceries, but this sweet guy is exactly what you need. Don't let this one go!
Yep, groceries. Can't wait until he's in shape, and adds a few pounds. His hay where he wasn't the nicest, and he was quite happy with the local hay we have here, and we're putting him on alfalfa slowly since he hasn't been eating any. We may add grain, but I'd like to avoid it if possible.


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Yep, groceries. Can't wait until he's in shape, and adds a few pounds. His hay where he wasn't the nicest, and he was quite happy with the local hay we have here, and we're putting him on alfalfa slowly since he hasn't been eating any. We may add grain, but I'd like to avoid it if possible.
I'm glad(: For the weight, I'd recommend some Senior feed. I really helps! Also, make sure he's dewormed... I can't tell if it was because he was a little sweaty, but he kinda looks like he has a little bit of a "worm perm." Aaaand make sure you're feeding by weight instead of "volume" !

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As far as confirmation he doesn't look too bad, but as someone who shows heavily in the cattle world, I have found that in any showing situation- you always choose something that will be a joy to show and let you truly enjoy showing rather than something that may win a buckle but will try to kill you in the process. I think he's a keeper!
ETA: not saying that he couldn't win any buckles ;) I think it's a good match :)
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I'm glad(: For the weight, I'd recommend some Senior feed. I really helps! Also, make sure he's dewormed... I can't tell if it was because he was a little sweaty, but he kinda looks like he has a little bit of a "worm perm." Aaaand make sure you're feeding by weight instead of "volume" !
Worm perm I've never heard that. He was wormed about 2 weeks ago. He's extremely hairy and she worked him pretty good yesterday and it was into the 50's so he was quite sweaty.

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As far as confirmation he doesn't look too bad, but as someone who shows heavily in the cattle world, I have found that in any showing situation- you always choose something that will be a joy to show and let you truly enjoy showing rather than something that may win a buckle but will try to kill you in the process. I think he's a keeper!
ETA: not saying that he couldn't win any buckles ;) I think it's a good match :)
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My darling daughter has a motto: It's not about the ribbon, it's about the ride. 4-H is only a tiny bit of her horse life. She wants a horse that she can ride on the trails, do some reining lessons (for fun only) and do the challenge trail course at our barn. She wants to have fun, and not just worry about a ribbon. He isn't a natural born Western Pleasure prospect, but he's a decent all around horse, and with the time she'll spend with him between now and August he'll be pretty good for her.
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