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post #21 of 80 Old 03-20-2012, 10:40 AM
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It really depends on what discipline you want your quarter horse for. Racing quarter horse? Cutting? Reining? Team Penning? Barrels? Halter? Jumping?

Honestly, you want a different conformation for different disciplines. As far as the 'perfect quarter horse', I don't know.

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post #22 of 80 Old 03-20-2012, 10:50 AM
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Is this horse what you're talking about when you say "spindly legs and teacup hoofs?"

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That's EXACTLY what I'm talking about!
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It really depends on what discipline you want your quarter horse for. Racing quarter horse? Cutting? Reining? Team Penning? Barrels? Halter? Jumping?

Honestly, you want a different conformation for different disciplines. As far as the 'perfect quarter horse', I don't know.
Yeah I know that there is a big difference between all of the different types of quarter horses. I just wanted to know the pointers... etc. of what makes a good quarter horse...no matter what he/she excels in. I wanted the terms broken down, and to be honest I really just want to train my eyes for the good/bads in the horses... Each person will have their ideals, but all will probably lean toward a horse that can get himself around easily.

About the halter horses..lol you just have to ask yourself will this horse REALLY carry himself and me with out putting a pretty heavy load on those legs?
Do people really ride this kind of horse? What IS the point of these horses? I mean they show them for what? Their excellence at looking like a greyhound x beef? Lol lol:

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My 10 year old AQHA mare has a bit of a longer back but is thick boned with a large butt and wide chest. Her jaw is like a stallion's. I know she can't be a barrel horse because of her back length, but can she do pole bending?
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Lol I don't know...I'd post a picture...Maybe we can learn some pointers that way, by listening to what the experts have to say about your horse:)

I thought about posting my horse on here, but I don't know what they mean by "squaring" up a horse and how to do it?

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Yeah I was trying to figure out how to do that. Here goes nothing. These are not the best pics of her, but all I can find right now. He legs don't look near as thick in these pictures as they do in real life.
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Wow it does look like she has a long back...But don't go by me I am new to this too:)

I've heard you want a quarter horse with short ears, wide eyes and a pretty head...got an example? I realize the extreme for the ears would be a mule... lol

A side note does anybody like quarter x arabs as well as just plain quarter horses? I love the quarter horses x arab that look a little like a arab but way stockier... They just seem a bit elegant-er (lol like I always imagined the "Black Stallion to be):)

Are they (the crosses) going to be as popular as a riding horse as a breed by itself? Are they hot tempered?

I was just curious.
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QH's come with lots of different bloodlines and this is why they are such a versatile breed bc different builds can master different disciplines.
I suggest that you start by studying basic good conformation.
Conformation of horse , horse and pony conformation explained
I used to enjoy "Conformation Clinic" in "Practical Horseman," and here is a link from "Horse and Rider."
Test Your Eye for Horse Conformation
PLEASE understand that it is MHO that anything overdeveloped on any breed of horse may specialize that horse to a certain skill,
But it doesn't necessarily make a better athlete.
Since I want to sound like an "equal opportunity critic", LOL, I have never liked that breeders have put a little hoof on QH's,
Who are often weightier than other "light" breeds of the same height.
I'm not sold on the overdeveloped butt, a recent phenomenon, as a conformation plus. Certainly, "Wimpy", the original QH sire didn't have this
http://www.king-ranch.com/images/pho...er_horses1.jpg
Yet he was a very balanced horse, without extra high withers, and you can see that he could stride under very well.
Back legs that are too straight make for an uncomfortable ride.
If you search the Horse photos to see those QH's that you like, ask yourself WHAT it is that you like about their build. My QH,
"Ro Go Bar" (1982-2009, RIP) was built downhill for racing (his grandsire was "Go Man Go", a QH racehorse) and he spent his life
Wearing out his front legs, which, btw, were minus the characteristic bulging QH forearm:

He had a very nice slow trot, but had trouble balancing at the canter.
One more thing--look for legs where the toes point foreward and short cannon bones that help carry weight.
Just MHO's, folks--dont' throw that brick by your foot at me, pplllleeeeezzzz!!!!!
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Hickory is a pretty good example of a nice QH, he is more foundation built because he's 87% foundation bred..short, very stocky, lots of muscle..He doesn't look or act his age at all, he's 22..He could have better hocks but that's really his only "flaw" ..He definitely has the QH baby doll dead..



He's on the right.

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QH's come with lots of different bloodlines and this is why they are such a versatile breed bc different builds can master different disciplines.
I suggest that you start by studying basic good conformation.
Conformation of horse , horse and pony conformation explained
I used to enjoy "Conformation Clinic" in "Practical Horseman," and here is a link from "Horse and Rider."
Test Your Eye for Horse Conformation I love the conformation clinic!!!I saw it before on the web...Although now it seems like they have the same horses over and over again so it isn't much fun...That is what we should have on here!!!
PLEASE understand that it is MHO that anything overdeveloped on any breed of horse may specialize that horse to a certain skill,
But it doesn't necessarily make a better athlete.
Since I want to sound like an "equal opportunity critic", LOL, I have never liked that breeders have put a little hoof on QH's,
Who are often weightier than other "light" breeds of the same height.
I'm not sold on the overdeveloped butt, a recent phenomenon, as a conformation plus. Certainly, "Wimpy", the original QH sire didn't have this
http://www.king-ranch.com/images/pho...er_horses1.jpg
Yet he was a very balanced horse, without extra high withers, and you can see that he could stride under very well.
Back legs that are too straight make for an uncomfortable ride.
If you search the Horse photos to see those QH's that you like, ask yourself WHAT it is that you like about their build.That's my problem...some horses really look good to me but I can't tell you why because I don't know...They just seem "put together" That is also why I wanted to know about the "butt" on the quarter horse, because I always thought they were bad... But they're not and I wanted to know why and what to look for in a good "butt"lol My QH,
"Ro Go Bar" (1982-2009, RIP) was built downhill for racing (his grandsire was "Go Man Go", a QH racehorse) and he spent his life
Wearing out his front legs, which, btw, were minus the characteristic bulging QH forearm:

He had a very nice slow trot, but had trouble balancing at the canter.
One more thing--look for legs where the toes point foreward and short cannon bones that help carry weight.
Just MHO's, folks--dont' throw that brick by your foot at me, pplllleeeeezzzz!!!!!
**Corporal runs for cover!!**
my reply is in bold green above...

Do they actually use halter horses for cutting etc.?

Drum Runner- Do you have a side picture of your horse?

Also another confusing thing for me is they say to look for balance the neck is supposed to be balanced to the body hip...Is the neck actually supposed to be the same as the back and the hip? There is no way a hip could be as long as the neck is there? Could you go over that?

Can someone show an extreme case of long cannons,pasterns, and a VERY straight shoulder?

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