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    04-26-2013, 12:22 AM
  #1
Weanling
APHA Stallion Conformation

He's not as muscular as most stallions, I am aware. He was just a pastured horse before we got him, just wasting away. Here he is.

In this picture, He isn't mostly square, his back legs aren't -.- Silly boy.





That's a better one for his legs.



He's just turned 9 years old. His bloodline consists of paints, quarter horses and thoroughbreds. If that helps you at all
     
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    04-26-2013, 12:35 AM
  #2
Trained
He's got disproportionately long legs in comparison to his body.

His hocks are set very high. He also appears to be seriously sickle hocked.

He's over at the knee and tied in behind the knee. His pasterns are extremely upright all the way around.

His neck ties in low on his chest and he is pigeon breasted. His shoulder appears to be upright, as well.

He does have a relatively short back.

All in all, he'd make a cute gelding.
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    04-26-2013, 12:36 AM
  #3
Trained
He has some terribly long upright pasterns that makes me disregard him for breeding purposes. I can't comment on him as a stallion with that serious confirmation flaw that he can pass on, sorry.
     
    04-26-2013, 03:37 AM
  #4
Foal
I actually quite like this horse, you can really see the thoroughbred influence,

Leggy, level to upright build, short back, and high set neck (though it does tie in a little low)

Slightly upright shoulder, but I tend not to worry as much about that as most

I like his hindquarters to, and I disagree about the hocks being to high, I think it just looks that way because he's got a lot of leg.

That being said he's sickle hocked and those pasterns/knees are worrisome as well.

All in all I don't think he's close to stallion quality.
     
    04-26-2013, 08:07 AM
  #5
Green Broke
This horse has a low neck tie in to his base of shoulder and is very sickle hocked. He has long legs for his age and very upright and long pasterns. He is what happens sometimes when you mix Thoroughbred in.. you get a horse that mixes a bit like oil and water.

He has the more upright pasterns of a stock horse while the length is thoroughbred. His hocks are small and round which is just poor conformation . They are also high off the ground like a thoroughbred but sickled which often comes from the stock horse side. He is built down hill (from the thoroughbred probably) with a thoroughbred shoulder and withers but a stock horse neck that is thick and course tying into the shoulder.

His head is course looking.

The last photo has him looking better but there is a knob on the front of the right hock.. probably thickened from the set in the hocks.

This is a horse I would geld. This is not a horse I would choose to own based on what I see here. I might feel differently about that if I handled him.

Stallion material his is most definitely not.
     
    04-26-2013, 09:50 AM
  #6
Yearling
Egads. I wouldn't chance those legs on a foal if somebody paid me to breed to him.

Or that neck. Or that head.

I guess the only thing you can say about him is that he's a homozygous tobiano. Congrats!
     
    04-26-2013, 10:08 AM
  #7
Green Broke
He's got the neck of a QH and the butt of a TB. There's no overall balance to him. He looks as if he's walking on toothpicks and I would not have him stand up to the intensity of barrels. He will break down quickly. How old is he in the last picture? He looks like a 2 year old not even coming into their own body yet. Has he been tested for frame? His markings indicate he might carry it.

Again, he'd make a nice gelding.

ETA: Actually, his legs remind me of my yearling's. They look so immature.
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    04-26-2013, 10:25 AM
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Weanling
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He's got the neck of a QH and the butt of a TB. There's no overall balance to him. He looks as if he's walking on toothpicks and I would not have him stand up to the intensity of barrels. He will break down quickly. How old is he in the last picture? He looks like a 2 year old not even coming into their own body yet. Has he been tested for frame? His markings indicate he might carry it.

Again, he'd make a nice gelding.

ETA: Actually, his legs remind me of my yearling's. They look so immature.
All pictures are when he's 8. It was when we first ot him, hadnt been rode in a while. Vets said his legs would hold up, so we use him in barrels. Barrels and cutting are hard on the legs, he has been cutting since he was three and hasnt broken down. No problems. He is not being gelded.
     
    04-26-2013, 10:32 AM
  #9
Yearling
Well, there you have it.
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    04-26-2013, 10:42 AM
  #10
Yearling
Because of the reasons stated, I wouldn't touch that horse with a ten foot pole for barrels or as a stallion. His legs are scary, and I thought my gelding's were bad. Your boy would make an adorable trail/pleasure gelding. Stallion quality he is not.

ETA: You say he has been cutting since he was three? He's only 9. Come back after another ten years and let me know how his legs hold up. My mare is cowhocked, and wasn't started on the pattern until she was 7. She ran once a month, five months out of the year, until she was 17, and the first few years were easy runs until we had our pattern down. She's now 20, and so stiff and arthritic(on top of an injury to her knee which makes it worse), I am contemplating having her PTS.
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