This is my heart horse. He's been gone over a year, he made it to age 31. I had him for seventeen years from the time I was six years old. He was the best horse I've had the pleasure of meeting, we did everything from speed events, mounted shooting, trails, and even dressage. He will be forever missed, and loved. He spent his younger years as a cutting horse, and I know he did poles because we tried it once and he sure showed me up... changing leads every time. He even tried to weave the mounted shooting target poles. Just curious what people have to say about his confo even in his later years. He was never sick or unsound a day in his life, except when an irresponsible BO allowed a horse with strangles on the facility, and he had quite an arthritic knee near the end. No matter what he holds a place in my heart.
He looked very nice. I know how you feel as far as he "was the one horse". I have an arab/qh cross gelding that is approx. 28-29. I've had him for 18 years. They do hold a very special place in your heart and are family to us.
He was post legged in the rear but if he served you well then its not an issue. I will take a good temeprment over some conformational issues any day. He lived a long life and you have good memories so in essence he was perfect.
I am thinking about writing a book on conformation (a tutorial guide) and I would like to use your late horse in explanation of the conformational fault "Post legged". He will not be used in a negative manner what so ever. Its mearly for teaching purposes. You don't have to, its your choice.
"The question is not, can they reason? nor, can they talk? but, can they suffer?" Jeremy Bentham