4 year old AQHA

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    07-02-2013, 11:24 AM
4 year old AQHA

This is my 4 year old quarter horse, I think I'm pretty well aware of her faults but want to see how biased my eye is and what exactly I'm missing. Sorry that the front and side shots aren't great, was on my own and it was after our ride so she was getting to be kind of derp at that point in time.

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    07-02-2013, 12:12 PM
Pretty nice looking fellow. IMO his biggest fault is that he is long backed and weakly coupled. He is also built downhill and needs work to strengthen his topline and neck more correctly. A bit steep angle to his croup, but this is common in stock horses.

He has a very nice shoulder and appears to have decent bone and good angle to his pasterns (one shot they look a bit upright, but the other they look correct). Good depth of body. Neck ties in decent I think (again, one photo makes it look low, short and thick, the other looks better balanced and better placement). I like the angles to his hocks. Legs look straight front and rear as far as I can tell.

Oh and I love his cute crooked blaze.
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    07-02-2013, 12:17 PM
Agreed with above. You're going to want to keep this guy muscled up bc that back will be a problem if he's only worked once in awhile. I, too, love the crooked blaze. =D
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    07-02-2013, 12:37 PM
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Nice Red Dun. She is a bit long through the coupling and back.. stands over a lot of ground. She has good bone and a proper hind leg. MAYBE a little sickle hocked but that is being very picky. She has a pretty nicely laid back shoulder although her point of shoulder is a bit low.

Her neck seems to tie to her chest a bit low in the one picture but not so much in the other. She has a correct front leg. Her feet are a bit small.

She is a bit down hill.

All in all she is a nice horse.
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    07-02-2013, 01:18 PM
Ooops... Sorry, don't know why I thought it was a gelding not a mare when I was critiquing.
    07-02-2013, 01:21 PM
Thanks for the replies! Yes, she definitely is long backed. We do lots of work getting her to use her back end and to support herself with abdominals. Sometimes she looks sickle hocked, sometimes she doesn't but she does like to stand under herself in the back end so I think that contributes to the appearance of it. Seeing her in various poses in person I would say her neck ties in a tad low but doesn't seem to impact her much.
    07-02-2013, 01:22 PM
Originally Posted by Tryst    
Ooops... Sorry, don't know why I thought it was a gelding not a mare when I was critiquing.
Probably because I never really put her gender, just referred to her as "she"/"her".
    07-02-2013, 02:24 PM
Bit long in the back with weak hind quarters... But a lovely shoulder. He could really extend well.

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