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    09-25-2012, 07:02 PM
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Conformation good for halter shows?

So I was wanting to start doing halter shows again I used to do 4-H when I was younger. I was wondering if you think he could do well? I know babies conformation change as they age so I know you can't give me a completely accurate confo critique. So just let me know what you think right now. He is 1 year 5 month and 13.3 hh. I didn't take any legs pics baby legs are always a lil squirrely.




     
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    09-26-2012, 08:26 AM
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Not a good halter prospect from these photos. Way butt high, a bit tied in at the knee, neck to thick and low and the hind legs are going to be a little camped under and perhaps straight through the hock. He is under muscled.

All that being said, this looks like a horse that might make a decent riding horse, WP, or even Western riding.. and while most horses this butt high do NOT even up (and a lot of ppl disagree with me which is OK), IF this one does even up he could do much more.

QH Halter horses.. that win.. have become a specialty. They tend to have ultra small feet, pencil necks, and be hugely muscle bound. IMO they do not move well and I recall seeing stallion advertisements for halter bred QH's that would say things like "He Rides!" Like that is an ANNOUNCEMENT!! Really? REALLY?

This horse is, IMO, much better than that.
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    09-26-2012, 09:34 AM
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ELANA did you actualy read that the pony is only 18 months old. I've seen youngsters who were much more bum high, even out and actualy end up being built quite uphill.
     
    09-26-2012, 10:57 AM
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QH Halter horses.. that win.. have become a specialty. They tend to have ultra small feet, pencil necks, and be hugely muscle bound. IMO they do not move well and I recall seeing stallion advertisements for halter bred QH's that would say things like "He Rides!" Like that is an ANNOUNCEMENT!! Really? REALLY?

This horse is, IMO, much better than that.
Love it! My daughter rides a halter bred horse :) She doesn't keep him halter fit and he is not on ultra small feet. But I think all horses should ride, don't just want to lead em and feed em!

OP have fun with him. If you are serious about halter you will need to find a halter bred horse to compete in the BIG shows but for smaller shows, I say do what you want and have fun!

     
    09-26-2012, 11:09 AM
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And this is my daughter's horse as a winning yearling

     
    09-26-2012, 11:14 AM
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ELANA did you actualy read that the pony is only 18 months old. I've seen youngsters who were much more bum high, even out and actualy end up being built quite uphill.
Yes I did read it. Stand by what I said too.

No need to agree. I am talking from my experience.
     
    09-26-2012, 11:50 AM
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I think Elana was refering to the halter bred QHs. This fad is now growing out (but was pretty heavy a couple years ago) where people wanted to see gigantic horses on petite hooves, who started going navicular at a very young age because of this. My second horse, a halter bred QH (who's father was world champ or something or other, and mother had placed well) had the bulk on tiny feet. I used him as a trail horse. Navicular by 5 years old.

This style is being bred out and now the "diaper butt" is coming into the ring for the win



Extremely upright pasterns are also still in style. (ETA: can't see the feet well, but they could be relatively small for his body, still)

I think the OP's horse is adorable, but doesn't have the conformation faults that win on a high level. In low levels, he could have a chance though.
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    09-26-2012, 12:11 PM
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I'll be honest the whole halter thing has always confused me. I show dogs professionally and we are judging the dogs for their conformation for breeding and work. When I see these halter horses I do NOT see a horse who can work.

JMO
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    09-26-2012, 12:51 PM
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See I I don't want so big shows because I hate what they are doing to horses today. Perposely making them unsound and giving them HYPP is disgusting to me poor horses. I mean tiny feet on big muscular bodies no wonder they go navicular. His mom is halter bred daddy is reigning bred he is going to actually be a sport horse when he is older not for showing but I wanted to do something fun with him till he is big enough to ride. And I think he will even out and be similar body to his momma. I plan on taking her again she was my 4-H horse I won lots with her. Just got to get her back in shape and to have that baby.

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    09-26-2012, 01:24 PM
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Btw he is not that but high just a tad he is also on lumpy grass baby are never are even so I'm not worried about that I've had several colts with worse butt high than that even out. And that picture of that halter horse I think he looks disgusting probably homozygous hypp too. And wicked I love your paint horse pretty I love paints!
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