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post #1 of 37 Old 10-08-2013, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Conformation Critique for QH prospect

Please let me know what you think of this little quarter horse. He looks absolutely adorable to me but if his conformation is off, would be nice to know. He is not cheap....so would like some opinions. BTW, he's 14.1 HH, perfect size for me

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post #2 of 37 Old 10-08-2013, 11:16 AM
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You don't mention what you want to do with him, nor what kind of rider you are.

If all you want is the confo critque, I will remain quiet, except to say that he looks like he's built to work and to last. I'm not knowledgeable enough to offer more than that.

What I will offer, in case you haven't considered it, is the reminder that good confo is not all it takes to ensure a good match. This boy reminds me of a working cow horse. Focused mind, high energy, big heart, strong personality... These make good cow horses. If you're not up for using that energy and constructively channeling it, you could end up with more than you bargained for... Like expecting a Working Border Collie to be a couch potato.

If you're up on all this and a hearty rider, please disregard all I've written! Lol!
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Ah yes!

So Im really looking for an all around, pleasure, trail, and potential Western dressage prospect. I am taking equitation/reining lessons as well. I am also looking to groom him into my future family horse for myself and my little one. (Shes 6 and has been taking lessons for the last year). I expect that I will at most lead line for the next couple of years, but I have been told he's VERY quiet. I shall see. My trainer and I will be making a visit in the next couple of weeks. (This round I opted to come prepared with professional help!).

I am about 5ft 1" tall so I need a short horse, and Im a big fan of a heavier set/thicker built horse with a nice western pleasure jog and lope :)

...and I appreciate all feedback! That's why I'm here ;) So no worries!!!
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Is it me or does the rider appear to be much to large for that poor horse?!
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Me, personally, I like more roundness in the hindquarters and the hocks lower to the ground.

But I really can't say anything bad about him. Seems very balanced.
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Is it me or does the rider appear to be much to large for that poor horse?!
Yes, he makes that horse look tiny!! But he is only 14.1
I'm 5'1" so he's just my size :)
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He's pretty prominently downhill and has a very short back, which may make saddle fitting difficult. I also noticed that he's very straight through his croup and his hocks are set high. He might also toe out moderately on the front, but with the pictures at an angle, it's hard to tell for sure.

The thing that bothered me most about him? How he rides. He seems like a decent enough horse, but if he was to come to my house, there would need to be some drastic re-training done. He strikes me as a horse that could become really hot really fast and it appears that they've bitted him up before he was ready for it...hence the look on his face whenever the rider picks up his hands to frame him up. I'd lay odds he grinds his teeth as well. The horse clearly isn't used to being expected to carry himself when ridden on a loose rein, which IMHO, is a huge pain.

Just my own personal opinion because I'm really picky when it comes to how my horses ride and handle, but I wouldn't pay any more than $2K for him, and that's mostly because of his bloodlines. If he was a grade or had mediocre lines, I wouldn't dish out more than $250 for him. Too much work to get him re-trained from those bad hands to relax and enjoy being ridden.

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Yes, he makes that horse look tiny!! But he is only 14.1
I'm 5'1" so he's just my size :)
I have no problem riding small horses, but that poor horse looks unhappy with that rider lol. My own horse is 14 hands, and I'm 5'5.
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He's pretty prominently downhill and has a very...Just my own personal opinion because I'm really picky when it comes to how my horses ride and handle, but I wouldn't pay any more than $2K for him, and that's mostly because of his bloodlines. If he was a grade or had mediocre lines, I wouldn't dish out more than $250 for him. Too much work to get him re-trained from those bad hands to relax and enjoy being ridden.
Thank you for your feedback smrobs! I really appreciate it. They are asking...alot. And I'm new to this kind of thing. I'll ask my trainer to look at the videos and i'll chat with him later this week! Perhaps we can get them to come down and I can have my guy work on him a couple of months first

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I know you have asked for a confo critique, but I want to reinforce what smrobs said. This would not, IMO, be a horse for a kid. He needs a TON more training/retraining to do what you are asking for. Retraining (because some of what he knows is incorrect) is more difficult that to do it right in the first place. (ie-his "spins"). Has he ever even been on a trail? He may not be a horse who will do that. I have no idea what your riding level is, but, this guy will need work to train, and probably will have to be maintained on a regular basis by a trainer. For what they are asking, which, BTW, I am confused-one place says $7500, another $6500. WAY over priced. Shoot, he is still being ridden with 2 hands! I could not, in all honesty, watch all of both videos-the rider made me a little crazy.......did he have a lead change? I sure would expect a flawless one for that price. JMHO.

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