Appy/Qh cross

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    04-08-2012, 02:59 AM
Appy/Qh cross

This is my darling 11 yr old daughter's horse. We really love him and he is a good fit for her, but I'm wondering what all of you conformation experts think of him, and if you *can* could you post lines and info on what you mean? He really wanted to rest that left hind and I don't think it is usually toed out like that, and I don't THINK he was leaning in the front on picture but it sure looks like it....
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    04-08-2012, 11:43 AM
Green Broke
Shoulder is quite upright, which makes his neck appear to be set high and a little out of proportion with the rest of his body.
Girth/chest could be deeper.
Hindquarters look alright.
As far as his legs go, the fronts seem ok, though his pasterns could be a teensie bit more upright. Not a huge fault, though.
Back legs are sickle-hocked
    04-08-2012, 12:14 PM
Green Broke
His hooves don't look right to me
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    04-08-2012, 01:48 PM
The Appy genes obviously won out over the QH genes... Normally I would expect that if the dam was the Appy.

He has some minor conformation issues typical of Appys - he's standing camped under, but is still a bit sickle hocked, and is a bit cow hocked. I don't see a heart girth issue - his front end appears reasonably well balanced with the rear. Although the rear is not going to have the power of a straight QH.

The smooth Appy muscle won out, so he should be a good all around type horse, which is good for a kid - she will be able to do lots of things with him. He should be reasonably good at moderate endurance, a good youth trail horse, and be fair, although not great, at performance - depending uponthe competition, of course. Get him in shape and he should be able to go all day long.

Your daughter is a cutie pie...
    04-08-2012, 03:28 PM
Cowgirls Boots, you're right about her hooves. She looks like she has not enough heel but the toes are short... I'm not a professional though that's just what it looks like.

Very cute horse, love the coloring!
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    04-09-2012, 11:14 AM
Thanks Lilruffian and Faceman! He is standing camped under in the photo, didn't really realize it til I got home, of course. But I think you're right that he's a bit sickle hocked anyway... He has a VERY nice, easy to sit trot but a truly horrid canter. My daughter mostly wants to game him, but will be doing western performance with him this year. He's a bit stubborn, but so is she, so they get along well. Its taken us a long time to find the right horse for her, but I think we may just have finally done it!

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