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post #11 of 19 Old 05-28-2012, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Naming the colt

Thank you, I havent had to name very many horses, that's a great idea! That's much easier.
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post #12 of 19 Old 05-28-2012, 10:42 PM
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I really like him. Lovely shoulder, nice hindquarter, nice neck, beautiful face. Lovely short back. A tad over at the knee in the first pic but the other that shows his legs looks much straighter.

Being a QH, he'll most likely mature to be built a bit downhill (his movement is). Most QH are, the best you can hope for is level. That will make dressage harder for him, but QH aren't bred for English so by definition the things that are desirable for what they are bred for are different. He may well excel at speed events, cutting, anything that requires quick changes of direction. Downhill makes them faster - ever wondered why most TB's are slightly downhill? There's your answer.

I think he is a lovely example of a QH, at this point in time, and could well mature very nice.
None of my Quarter horses were ever Downhill. Sometimes they appear butt high because of the big hips on them, but in reality they are not.
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post #13 of 19 Old 05-28-2012, 10:45 PM
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sliddin nowhere . Nowhere to glow !... hee hee..
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post #14 of 19 Old 05-28-2012, 10:59 PM
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None of my Quarter horses were ever Downhill. Sometimes they appear butt high because of the big hips on them, but in reality they are not.
I have not met a QH that was not at least slightly downhill (functionally speaking - wither/croup level has NOTHING to do with whether a horse is level or not). I have met maybe one or two horses full stop that were UPhill! Even Hickstead was functionally downhill and he was a top showjumper. Not that I've met him, but I've seen loads of photos.

My gelding is level. That's the best most people can hope for, realistically. I have a lot of people tell me that Monty is uphill, he's not, he's just level with a moderate wither.

Downhill is a GOOD thing in a Western horse and considering QH are predominantly bred for Western disciplines one would hope that the majority are slightly downhill! I couldn't see a top Dutch Warmblood doing barrels, cutting, or reining, just the same as I can't see a QH (even the best of the best) doing top level showjumping/dressage/eventing. I have a friend whose mother has a QH that is used as a show hack and dressage horse, and is successfully competing Advanced level dressage (I think that's roughly equivalent to 4th?), so I know they can and do break breed stereotype. I also know that this particular QH came from a farm that specifically breeds for horses that can do either English or Western with success.

My mother's QH is the most level I have met, including friend's mother's dressage horse (says a lot for the training of said dressage horse), and he is still slightly downhill, functionally speaking. His wither is a lot higher than his croup (he stands around 16hh at the wither, maybe 15.2 at the croup) but he is still functionally downhill.

This foal's movement is quite downhill, he doesn't look ridiculously butt-high standing still but if you look at him in the canter it's a different story entirely. Doesn't matter over much if OP wants to do western with him, or a bit of lower-level dressage. If they are naturally wanting to move downhill/on the forehand, without a rider on their back to throw them off, then they ARE downhill.

Final word, my filly is quite butt-high at the moment and she moves level to uphill ALWAYS... she should mature level to uphill, going on her sire and dam and half-siblings.

The movement is ALWAYS the key.
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post #15 of 19 Old 05-29-2012, 10:40 AM
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Since your are going to be spending quite a bit of money on this guy.......will you have your vet test for HYPP and at least PSSM1?

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My first thought was Sliddin Nowhere also!

I am another one to caution you, you cannot get your old friend back. But this looks like a nice young colt all in all.
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I too would get all the tests done, more so for piece of mind.

I like the look of him in the first picture in the original post, the others don't do it for me, the only thing I noticed was his neck is short but I generally dislike criticizing babies because they grow and change.

Congratulations on your new purchase and I hope you have a wonderful time with him, I know how excited I was when I brought my paint boy, he was 8 weeks.. and he's now coming up 3 (in oct)

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post #18 of 19 Old 05-30-2012, 06:58 PM
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did you get the foal? Did you pick a name
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post #19 of 19 Old 05-31-2012, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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I bought the foal

I'm really excited, I purchased him and now setup shipment Sooo excited! Can't wait to get him here to oregon. We will ship him beginning september when he is 4 months. No I have no name yet...please feel free to help name him
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