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  • Horse conformation regarding where the neck ties in to the shoulder

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    03-20-2012, 04:20 PM
  #41
Trained
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Originally Posted by EmilyJoy    
So they get the halter horse trained they may/may not win...then what happens? Do they use him for anything after that? Trail riding:)?
They more or less go to shows to stand around and look pretty for most of their lives and if they're actually "good" at it, they are retired to breeding until they ultimately get navicular from the disproportion of their bodies to their feet. If you didn't notice, I am also on the list of folks who does not like the current fad in halter horses nor do I understand why it became that way.

Like DrumRunner, I have a horse that is 87% FQH bred (although she's registered APHA). She has a longer back, but she has a decent shoulder and hip. I love her legs and hooves. Her legs are thicker and straight and her hooves are pretty big. I don't know what size shoes she wears because I've never had her shod, but I know I measured her for boots once and she needed a 3.
     
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    03-20-2012, 07:48 PM
  #42
Yearling
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Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
Emily, this is a fairly good example of squaring up:
You need to teach your horse "whoa" and how to stand. It helps to have someone else hold them.

Soda is a QH, I've been told he's very "typey" His legs are a little twiggy for my taste as are his hooves, but he's not quite as delicate as he appears..
When you say "how to stand" is that basically with his feet side by side each other? ( hind feet next to each other, and front the same)?

Is his neck a bit thick? Does it tie into his shoulder high or low? I've still been trying to get a hang of where the neck is supposed to come out.

QOS- When you mean a speed index of 98 how fast is that in mph?
You've got great horses, and I like the coloring of the first one...:)

Skyedawn-"Noooooooo, straight bred halter horses can't even be ridden. Or shouldn't be, I should say." Then why do they?...........Oh I see...not... lol Yikes that horse has BAD feet ouch! I think I've got that figured out...

Pose- You'd think they'd breed the horses up so that they could actually function....

How is the neck supposed to tie into the chest?
     
    03-20-2012, 08:11 PM
  #43
Foal
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Originally Posted by Poseidon    
They more or less go to shows to stand around and look pretty for most of their lives and if they're actually "good" at it, they are retired to breeding until they ultimately get navicular from the disproportion of their bodies to their feet. If you didn't notice, I am also on the list of folks who does not like the current fad in halter horses nor do I understand why it became that way.

Like DrumRunner, I have a horse that is 87% FQH bred (although she's registered APHA). She has a longer back, but she has a decent shoulder and hip. I love her legs and hooves. Her legs are thicker and straight and her hooves are pretty big. I don't know what size shoes she wears because I've never had her shod, but I know I measured her for boots once and she needed a 3.
I agree whole heartedly! I'm showing my colt in halter and everyone's like "you need to feed him more so he'll grow he's too small for a two year old halter horse, etc"
My only problem with that is I want to actually use him when he's older, I can't do that if I founder him to grow into an adult before he's ready :/ I literally got chewed out on another forum for saying I was showing him halter...I just don't understand, I think it's a good experience for him since I can't ride him yet.

And for the OP quarter horses didn't used to have such a variation on build and conformation. The breed was set up so you could use one horse for several events! I think AQHA has lost some of that over the years, heck most QHs at the beginning were 14.2-15.3 ish but I feel good conformation; no matter the breed is still good conformation (:
     
    03-20-2012, 08:20 PM
  #44
Yearling
One quick question is it ok to go to any horse ad grab a picture and post in on here? Or is that not a good idea? I was just going to ask questions on them...
     
    03-20-2012, 08:35 PM
  #45
Yearling
Maybe it'd be better to use my horse...
     
    03-20-2012, 08:40 PM
  #46
Green Broke
I don't any good shots of him from the side..like conformation shots..I do have these few..He looks a tad long backed.

He was 21 here


     
    03-20-2012, 08:43 PM
  #47
Yearling
Was he slightly over at the knees?
     
    03-20-2012, 08:56 PM
  #48
QOS
Green Broke
Thanks so much. Sarge is a pretty boy and has a metallic sheen to his coat - even his thick winter coat shines coppery!!!

As for the speed index - it is a little different at each track as it is a compilation of times ran on that particular track. Quarter Horses can hit speeds of 30-45 or more and he did win the race!!!
     
    03-20-2012, 09:04 PM
  #49
Green Broke
Not really, his legs are straight..I think that one picture is just wonky or something..He IS fat though..

     
    03-21-2012, 09:52 AM
  #50
Yearling
Yeah he looks a little plump...lol

When you were to buy a weanling from someone can you tell alot about how he's going to turn out by looking at his parents? I mean people buy weanlings/yearlings all the time is there some rhyme or reason to it?

So you want,

Straight legs
Low hocks (?)
A neck that is low and thin(?)
A neck that comes out of the chest not to high but not to low..(?)
A power butt..
A nice head that attached cleanly at the throat latch..
Small ears (?)
Wide apart eyes...
What else?

If you had to give a little on any of the conformation which would you chose?
     

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