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Comformation? Endurance prospect?

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  • Does comformation count for endurance horses?
  • What type of confirmation makes the best endurance horse?

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    02-01-2013, 11:55 PM
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Weanling
Comformation? Endurance prospect?

This is starlight a 6 year old 75% appaloosa and 25% quarter horse. Both parents have great color but she turned out looking like an arab with the attitude of one also. This horse is very hyper but VERY smart to the point where she can open gates with latches or untie herself if she wishes. She can bow and I can ride her bridless. I have trained her everything she knows.
However she has a major attitude if she is not ridden very hard for hours every day, and she loves being ridden. She can go all day and she has an amazing metabolism. You can feed her 2 flakes of hay twice a day and she stays FAT if she isnt worked often. She is 14.2 hands and im wondering if she would be a nice endurance racer.
Also want to know about her comformation so let me know what you think if you want other pics ill post them.
     
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    02-01-2013, 11:57 PM
  #2
Weanling
Ps she is standing funny in these pics her front legs arent crooked like they look.
     
    02-02-2013, 12:07 AM
  #3
Started
She does look more arab like doesn't she I think she would make a good endurance prospect build wise & sounds like she has the get up & go for it. Doing something like that she would probably enjoy,sounds like she's the type that needs a job to do to keep her mind busy as well.
     
    02-02-2013, 12:27 AM
  #4
Weanling
Can you post photos taken from the side so we can have a clear look at how she's put together? (See the sticky thread if you're not sure what I mean!) She is super adorable, and sounds like the endurance world might be fun for her!
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    02-02-2013, 03:03 AM
  #5
Foal
So cute, very solid looking. I like her.. to me it looks like she would be great at it:) But, I know little about endurance so that's basically just me saying she's cute and looks like an arab haha ;)
     
    02-02-2013, 03:18 AM
  #6
Yearling
Honestly, conformation really doesn't play a very large role in whether a horse will be a good endurance prospect. It's all in her mind and metabolics, though it helps that she's not built like a twig or a tank. Beyond that, we really can't tell you much about whether or not she'll be a good endurance prospect - you'll just have to start conditioning her and take her to a few LD's or 50's and see how she does. Some horses are great for the first 20 miles or so, and then absolutely shut down and decide they're done. Others have the will and metabolism, but are total spazzes on the trail and so make it miserable the whole way. You'll really never know until you start riding her like an endurance horse and see how you two work together and if you like her!

I used to be worried about conformation, by the way. Then I saw pictures of all the awful shaped Tevis horses that are successful and my veteran endurance friends said conformation doesn't really count for much (and definitely doesn't discount your horse much!) in the world of endurance.
     
    02-02-2013, 07:48 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Confirmation does matter , so does physical ability, metabolism, nerves , horses ability to take care of itself, etc etc. Would I buy that horse if I was shopping for an endurance mount ? Probably not. If I had that horse and wanted to do endurance ? Heck yeh, ride her like you stole her. See what her pulses are, how she eats and drinks on the trail. Try to figure out best way to manage her speeds and how heat affects her. Get some way to accurately measure speed and distance and heartrate to see what you are working with and get her in shape.
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    02-02-2013, 02:11 PM
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Yearling
What I meant is that as long as the horse is healthy and sound, the conformation is usually going to take a back seat to everything else. Yes, conformational issues will affect the same things that it affects in any other type of riding. But if you're not having any problems with what you're already doing, you're likely going to be fine on the trail. On the other hand, the things Joe4d listed are very important and will make or break an endurance horse that would otherwise be perfectly fine doing other types of riding.

If I were looking to buy a horse, no matter what discipline, and buy the best horse I could possibly afford and like, including conformation. For endurance, I would look for an Arab or half Arab, since that gives you the best advantage for what you want to do. And that's exactly what I did do. However, there's no reason to feel like you can't do endurance with the horse you already have, assuming it's sound and healthy. Beyond that, you'll have to listen to what she tells you out on the trail to determine how great of an endurance hors she could be.
     
    02-02-2013, 03:18 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by existentialpony    
Can you post photos taken from the side so we can have a clear look at how she's put together? (See the sticky thread if you're not sure what I mean!) She is super adorable, and sounds like the endurance world might be fun for her!
Ya ill post a bunch today :)
     
    02-02-2013, 03:21 PM
  #10
Weanling
Ya she is a really wonderful horse her only problem is she is very spooky but it seems like if I ride her everyeday for long amounts of time she isnt as spooky and calms down.
Ya we always thought her mom was half arab but turns out she is quarter horse lol.
     

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