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post #1 of 14 Old 05-20-2014, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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29 yo AQHA gelding

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.
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-21-2014, 12:24 AM
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Nice guy! I have a sorrel who is 29 next month, having a bit of changes with diet right now keeping his weight on. How old was he in this pic?
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-21-2014, 12:40 AM
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he has a nice shoulder , neck and hindquarter. His hind legs are very posty.
I can see the right knee has a bump on it, . . Perhaps the arthritis?
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-21-2014, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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He was 29 in these photos. Yes, his right knee became very arthritic to the point where it made the decision for me to put him down. Other than that he was of spitting health.
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-22-2014, 09:12 PM
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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.
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-22-2014, 10:00 PM
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I don't critique senior citizen horses, I am not worthy. He was perfect, you knew that though.

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post #7 of 14 Old 05-22-2014, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the kind comments. I miss him every day. He acted like such a grumpy curmudgeon but it was all show. I think I will forever hold a penchant for red dun AQHA.
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post #8 of 14 Old 05-25-2014, 05:04 PM
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His arthritis seems to have caused him to have a bit of a dropped pastern as well, and thus makes his left hind appear even more posty. I'm sure he wasn't as bad on the other side (or in his youth).

So sorry for your loss. :C
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-25-2014, 05:58 PM
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A horse that lives that long and loves that much in return for your love doesn't need to be conformationally correct, he's perfect. We sure do miss them when they're gone.
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-26-2014, 04:55 AM
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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.

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