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    08-08-2012, 11:34 AM
2 year old critique

What do you guys think of this guy? Also can you guess his breed?

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    08-08-2012, 11:47 AM
Teen Forum Moderator
I'm guessing Standardbred with a head and squarish build like that?

He's not too bad. I like him as a general riding horse. Clean legs (though I'd like to see shorter cannons for hard riding) a good shoulder, his neck is tied in well, and while his LS joint placement isnt great, it isnt bad either.

I'm guessing he's still racing lean? He's very thin but I'm seeing significant race-type muscle in the shoulders. If he isn't, then he was never reconditioned properly and will need a lot of reworking. Looks like his feet need a bit of work too.
    08-08-2012, 02:23 PM
Green Broke
Aside from needing groceries this is a nice two year old. He also needs feet trimmed. I want to say he is a Thoroughbred or Appendix QH. He is put together right.. neck and withers carry back into a good top line, great placement of his neck, nice shoulder (you going to jump him?.. he could do it and looks like he might be scopey.. but wait until he is 4 years old before you even start jumping). Hind leg is correct and he has adequate bone. Someone will probably complain about his pasterns being longish.. but a Thoroughbred is built like that. He needs to grow up a bit in his body.

His head... reminds me of Man O War...
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    08-08-2012, 06:04 PM
Nope, he doesn't have a drop of TB or STB in him. He is a cross though.

I thought his LS looked a bit less than ideal, but not terrible. I also thought his feet looked a bit racehorse like, with low heels. He's 15.2 hands now but is expected to keep growing because his sire's breed is notorious for shooting up between 3 and 4 years old.

Just a little hint, his dam was a full-blooded Quarter Horse. His sire is also a purebred.
    08-08-2012, 06:36 PM
With that baroque head, I'd almost say he has Andalusian or Lusitano in there somewhere.
    08-08-2012, 11:04 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
Or perhaps Teke, since you've been looking at a lot of those and he has a lot of that 'sheen' that tekes tend to have? If he is 1/2 teke, that's one strange mix...xD apparently it works though.
    08-09-2012, 12:31 AM
Yep! His sire is a full blooded Akhal teke. So he's an Akhal teke x Quarter Horse.
    08-09-2012, 01:29 PM
Green Broke
If he has 1/2 Quarterhorse, he has Thoroughbred in him.. because the foundation of the QH has TB in there such as Three Bars....

Nice horse.
    08-09-2012, 02:38 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
I can honestly tell you I've NEVER seen that cross before. I do like it though. He has the coloring and streamline look of the teke, but the QH gave him good bone, nice withers, and an overall nice topline that you rarely see in Tekes. I'd say he's the best of both worlds. His head is a little...funny, but by no means ugly. I think it just took me a few minutes to get used to. Makes him look quite noble.

Are you considering buying him?
    08-09-2012, 05:15 PM
Originally Posted by Elana    
If he has 1/2 Quarterhorse, he has Thoroughbred in him.. because the foundation of the QH has TB in there such as Three Bars....

Nice horse.
Yes I know that, I'm a huge horse racing and Thoroughbred geek. I'm just saying that he "technically" doesn't because the Quarter Horse is considered a breed of it's own now. Also most people consider Akhal tekes to be the descendants of the same breed of horse that the Byerly Turk was, which was of course one of founders of the Thoroughbred. Some also say that some Turkish mares were brought over to England during that same time to create the TB. But all is speculation, at least as far as I know.

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