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post #1 of 17 Old 02-08-2012, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Talking 19 Month Old Gelding- What do you think?

Hi all! Those of you who have been around for a while probably know my little problem child.

Anyway, here he is at 19 months of age. What do you guys think of him? Good, bad, I don't care, feel free to give me any thoughts at all.

The gray horse in with him is his dam. She is around 15.1. Zane is pretty well right around 15 hands himself, although his butt is higher. Weight around 1050. Everyone acts like he's huge for his age.

His sire is a Quarter Horse, his dam a Missouri Fox Trotter.

So what do you think? I would be curious to know what you thought his conformation is suited to, although he will just be a trail horse for me.

Okay, here he is:
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-08-2012, 11:03 PM
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I was just thinking about your little monster! I think he is looking great! Hes taller than Rodeo, and Rodeo will be 22months here in 3 days, he weighs a lot more than Rodeo too.....although I think the weight/height tape Im using might be off, but Rodeo is right under 15hh, and it says he only weighs 735lbs, and I just feel like he weighs more, I dont know......

Anyways, I think Zane is looking really good! He is butt high, but no biggie at his age, you can see the twist in that one cannon still, but not as bad as it was a while back. IMHO, I think your going to have yourself one sturdy, trustworthy horse!!
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Thank you! I think his leg is looking tons better! I even had a trainer out to help me with groundwork a few days ago and he really liked Zane's conformation and never mentioned the leg. So I think it's a lot less noticeable than it used to be.

I think there is some variance in the weight tapes. I had an old, old weight tape a friend gave me. It was actually a promotional item from Shell- the oil company- for an obsolete horse dewormer. It weighed him significantly less. I am using a Purina weight tape now and pull it snug. I figure Purina has studied horse nutrition and weight more than Shell has.

To get his height, I use a regular tape measure and a level at his withers. It's still a bit hard because the ground is uneven. Zane is 14.3 conservatively. But the trainer remarked that he was 15 hands, and sure enough, measuring him I do get 15 hands (60 inches I believe) on some measurements. And some measurements he is around 59 inches (14.3). So it's really hard to tell down to the exact inch.

Anyway, I think he's looking more and more like a Quarter Horse. For a long while I thought he would be built like a Thoroughbred.

I love Rodeo! I wish Zane went along with everything as easily as Rodeo does!
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He looks really good to me, THR. I do love a nice bay like that! My little darling - uh monster - is a bay, too with those ermine spots at the coronet. I can't see the cannon bone issue at all....I don't have a great eye for some of that type of thing, but I just don't see anything. He's gonna be a tall one, it seems.
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He looks really good to me, THR. I do love a nice bay like that! My little darling - uh monster - is a bay, too with those ermine spots at the coronet. I can't see the cannon bone issue at all....I don't have a great eye for some of that type of thing, but I just don't see anything. He's gonna be a tall one, it seems.
Thanks Ladytrails! His right hind cannon bone was born kind of warped looking. My vet said he never saw anything like it. There are probably some photos that show it in my "Horses" section.

I think my bay is turning gray! He has white on his face, in his tail, and sprinkled on his body. But he is sure taking his time getting there. It will be interesting to see if he has more noticeable white hair when he sheds out in the spring.
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Aw, I adore Zane!!! He's looking so fantastic and he is going to be a big, stout boy. You're right, that leg isn't nearly as noticeable as it used to be and excluding that one little thing, I adore his conformation. Nice shoulder angle, good butt, good neck and back, good legs, good angle to pasterns and hocks. Definitely good muscle.

He's probably going to do like what Rafe did as far as growing; get all his growing done all at once and after he's about 20 months old, just creep up a touch here and there. I honestly don't think Rafe has grown more than 1/4 inch in the last 6/8 months. Now watch, though, and he'll prove me wrong and grab another 4 inches before spring LOL.

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Aw, I adore Zane!!! He's looking so fantastic and he is going to be a big, stout boy. You're right, that leg isn't nearly as noticeable as it used to be and excluding that one little thing, I adore his conformation. Nice shoulder angle, good butt, good neck and back, good legs, good angle to pasterns and hocks. Definitely good muscle.

Thank you!

He's probably going to do like what Rafe did as far as growing; get all his growing done all at once and after he's about 20 months old, just creep up a touch here and there. I honestly don't think Rafe has grown more than 1/4 inch in the last 6/8 months. Now watch, though, and he'll prove me wrong and grab another 4 inches before spring LOL.
That very well could be......about him finishing early. I know I feed him really well. I try not to push for growth, but I try to make sure he has a balanced diet and isn't lacking for anything either. And neither of his parents are super tall. So he either got some serious hybrid vigor or maybe he is growing optimal because he is being fed well and he will just top out quicker than a horse that is growing slower. Although my vet and the string test predict him to be 16.1.

Even if he grew no taller, he is currently big enough. And that's good because I always worry about being too big for some smaller type horses. Maybe I will have a nice big horse for a change.
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aww he's cute!! And has really pretty head on him :)
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Oh, I really don't think you'll have to worry about your size as far as Zane is concerned, he's a stout little boy and he'll have no problem carrying you at all .

Matter of fact, he could probably cart around you and 3 of your closest friends .

Oh, and I did want to mention his head but I forgot until Equestrian mentioned it. I love his head, it's perfect. Nice size, petite muzzle, broad between the eyes, his eyes are set well, as are his ears. makes for a very attractive profile.

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I think his head is his prettiest feature. He gets it from his dam. She has the same head. His sire just had kind of a plain but honest QH head. Nothing pretty, but nothing bad.

What's funny is I have always admired his dam's head. I think that's her prettiest feature too. And my neighbor who went and looked with me when I went to try her out thought she had a big head. And I thought, that's kind of strange, because I think she has one of the prettiest heads I've seen in a non-Arabian. Funny how two different people can see totally different things. I guess everyone's idea of equine beauty is a bit different.

PS. I weigh around 200lbs. Plus a 40 lb. western saddle and all my other tack. So I always think about my weight. I even leave things out of my saddlebags because of the extra weight. Sigh!
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