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post #1 of 14 Old 04-20-2013, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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2008 AQHA Gray Gelding

Hi all,

This is my 2008 gray gelding, "Gatto." Solitary Aztec Cat Quarter Horse

I got him in 2010 and started him myself. It took a while for me to find the time to work with him, so he's got a bit of a late start but is coming along really nice... he's really light and is starting to stop great on his hind end. I know it sounds a little cliche, but this horse really was born broke! He's been really nice to work with.

He's foundation bred, but for some reason doesn't have the heavy build. He is only coming 5, but he doesn't look like he'll turn into a huge tank like his sire. He's got the lightness and moves of a cow horse.

Anyway, here he is. Just wondering what you all thought of him!

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Out to gather some cattle...
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-20-2013, 06:57 PM
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I don't know much, but I do know that I realllly like him! I can't ever see faults unless they're glaring, but as far as good things, he looks very proportional and has a nice, sloping shoulder. That's about all I've learned to pick out, and take it with a grain of salt because it might be wrong.

But man is he a cutie...
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Thanks! He went through a super awkward phase for a while, but he's finally growing into something.
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the photos aren't square on , so hard to make really accurat judgements (well, I doubt I could do that if it WAS square!)

Anyway, what I see I really like. He looks like he's well built, well balance and super cute. You don't want him anymore, right?
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he's got nice straight forelegs- hinds are correct- slightly cowhocked- neck is undermuscled- lacks topline.

That horse should be a tank.. to me it looks like he's a little underweight and under muscled.

He will be cute when muscled up and fattened up a little. He has a cute head.. diggin the rose grey color. :)
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There's not a ton of QH's that I like, but I really love this one!

He's got great conformation- this guy could do lots :) He's got all the foundations for a big muscled up shoulder and butt, but its just not there yet, probably due to a combination of his young age and maybe nutrition.

I agree this guy will look absolutely amazing with some muscle on him! He looks superb.
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Hes got nice straight forelegs- hinds are correct- slightly cowhocked- neck is undermuscled- lacks topline.

That horse should be a tank.. to me it looks like he's a little underweight and under muscled.

He will be cute when muscled up and fattened up a little. He has a cute head.. diggin the rose grey color. :)
Thanks! We just got out of winter, so I haven't had much time to work him, so he's definitely out of shape!
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I really like him. His neck is on the short side, and I wouldn't mind more angle in his hocks. They're somewhat straight. He's also somewhat downhill, but his shoulder is nice and he has adequate depth of heart girth. His pasterns look to be strong....perhaps even on the short side. His proportions look to be correct.
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Thanks, everyone!
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I agree with everyone else; this guy is very cute!! He gives off a good feeling of overall proportionality and balance. Neck is a little short but attaches very nicely at the shoulder. He has a very nice shoulder angle. Pasterns look good; short and compact but slightly sloped too. Croup is slightly steep but has good length and his hindquarters still look strong. He's a really cute little horse!
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