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        04-08-2013, 09:25 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    . He is built for pulling his so his front end will be bigger and more muscled than the hind end.
    . He wont excel at dressage obviously, and that will be hard for him, so just remember what his made for
         
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        04-22-2013, 09:58 AM
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    Thanks everyone! Weird I haven't gotten any e-mail notifications about the rest of these posts.
    I like learning about conformation, so thanks for the explanations. Cool to know about the different types of breeding lines for Belgians.

    Thanks also for the exercise ideas to keep him in shape. I took him for our first very short trail ride the other day - he seriously enjoyed that! But then of course, 2 days later, he came up lame :( He got a stupid abscess. So no more trail rides till he's well past better.

    So I get that he's not a champagne - but while I was washing him yesterday I noticed he does have freckled skin, just not on his face? Anywhere else I could see skin the skin was freckled.
    Does that have to do with the pangare? Or is it something else? Just curious for learning's sake!


         
        04-22-2013, 10:45 AM
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    Originally Posted by OliviaMyee    
    . He is built for pulling his so his front end will be bigger and more muscled than the hind end.
    Not true. The power comes from the hind end in pulling. That's why hind leg conformation is so critical in pulling horses.

    His coloring is a straight up chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail. More commonly called a blond. His build of taller, leaner plus blond is where the breed has moved to in the hitch horses. He is not of farm (too tall, too lean, finer boned, too thin) or pulling (too thin, too lightly muscled-not just unfit, lack of bone, lack of mass plus uncommon to ever see a blond puller) breeding.

    Set him up with his head up not eating for some pictures.
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        04-22-2013, 12:26 PM
      #24
    Showing
    Punk, did you know that for years Canada produced the finest Belgians in the world. Back in the earlier beginning of PMU, people bred the mares to the cheapest stallions around and killed the resultant foal. A Saskatchewan Minister (political) imported a very fine Belgian stallion and offered it's services for a token fee. Eventually this lead to Canada leading the field in Belgian breeding. This lead to the export of many fine stallions back to Belgium and other european countries. For years there was a Manitoba 6 hitch that showed very successly. One couldn't help but marvel at the size of the hindquarters on the wheel team, as round as a MacIntosh apple.
         
        04-22-2013, 01:02 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    The skin mottling you are seeing might be caused by sabino... While he doesn't have much "obvious" sabino, the fact he has facial white might be indicating he does actually carry some form of sabino. Or it might be something else entirely, maybe pangare... Not really sure... But his lack of golden (or diluted) coat, and the fact the freckles you are seeing are not also on his muzzle/eyes makes me dead sure he is not champagne.
         
        04-22-2013, 01:09 PM
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    The skin mottling you are seeing might be caused by sabino... While he doesn't have much "obvious" sabino, the fact he has facial white might be indicating he does actually carry some form of sabino. Or it might be something else entirely, maybe pangare... Not really sure... But his lack of golden (or diluted) coat, and the fact the freckles you are seeing are not also on his muzzle/eyes makes me dead sure he is not champagne.
    That's really neat! I thought with Sabino they needed some white on their legs too? His legs are white - but I always thought it was Pangare that caused that? Since his lighter coloring comes up to his belly and throat and muzzle. But it fades in, not a bold line like sabinos. I also didn't think Belgians could carry sabino, but I could be wrong!
         
        04-22-2013, 02:57 PM
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    Yearling
    There is some thought that it is a form of sabino which causes facial white... I don't believe they have proven it though. You are quite right, I don't think his white legs have any sabino white, but it if is true that sabino causes facial white who knows... I think I did read somewhere that there are some obviously sabino Belgians, but that's sort of a different topic.

    I don't know enough about pangare to know if it can also cause that mottled skin too, but I suppose it might.
         

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