Cowboy, the trail pony!

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Cowboy, the trail pony!

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    04-05-2012, 01:31 PM
Cowboy, the trail pony!

So I've been waiting and waiting to see what I bought in December.
OF COURSE I can determine a horses conformation strengths/weaknesses with their fuzzies on, LOL! Just excited to see how cute this guy is all slicked up.
I'll be posting slick shots later to see if that REALLY makes a difference in a critique. The Why?! Thread really got me laughing! Nope, no front or back shots, he's pretty dead on.

So Cowboy is a 14 year old grade, 14.2hh, and a great little surefooted trail horse. Breed guess? I know QH/? I am inclined to add Arab in there somewhere... a long way back, maybe Appy when I look at his curly ratty mane. He's a dirt/pond lover, gave him a bath Sunday, UGH!
I know what his strengths and weaknesses are, is there anything you see that would give you concerns? This is his natural stance on level ground, at rest. He's shedding out VERY slowly, in patches. Been vetted, just the funky weather as far as we can tell. Kid has some BIG feet, just love em!
Due for a trim next week.

Thanks! Here's Cowboy!
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    04-05-2012, 01:38 PM
Holy straight behind, Batman! Man, is his posty through his hocks.

I like his front legs, although his pasterns have a little more slope than I like to see. He's got a big thick QH neck that seems to tie in a bit low on his chest, but nothing horrible. He's got a good, short back. With the steepness of his croup and how delicate his head is, I'm inclined to agree with your part arab comment.
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    04-05-2012, 01:45 PM
Ding, Ding, Ding!!! My worries too.
Those pasterns are sloped! His feet are part of the cause, we are working on helping him out a bit. When we got him I SWEAR his feet were 7 inches high! The guy was actually proud of it, so we've been working on reducing some stress and taking his feet down.
As for the posty hind legs, yep, kinda exaggerated here, but I agree with you!
    04-05-2012, 02:19 PM
Here are a couple more shots, not for conformation but as you can kinda see, his legs DO bend! LOL! The other shot is Cowboy and I having a "discussion" and you can see how he'll arch his neck, very Arab like.

    04-05-2012, 02:22 PM
Oh! That was the other thing I was going to say. How is his ride? His shoulder looks VERY upright to me, which generally denotes a rougher ride, especially at the trot. I've found, however, that this isn't always the case. I've been told Aires has an upright shoulder, but he's one of the smoothest horses I've ever ridden. *shrug*
    04-05-2012, 02:35 PM
He's actually pretty smooth, nice QH shuffle. I haven't had him in a fast trot so IDK. He's a smooth walker, collects nicely, lopes well, and is great at using his hind end. Of course he's no floaty Arabian, kinda clunky but solid. He's just a backup for me and my daughters horse.

It's all the sum of parts really. Sometimes I look at some TB's with their steep shoulders and marvel at how well they move! Aries is just beautiful, I really don't think his shoulder looks too bad, especially considering his breeding!

Sheesh, how does one get his tail white again? I've only had him for a couple months and couldn't tackle it yet, now that it's warm I WILL GET IT WHITE(ish).
    04-06-2012, 01:09 PM
I would agree that he looks like a QH/Arab cross. Arab was the first thing I felt was mixed in there lol He does look like he's got some big ol' dinner plate looking feet hehe. I'm not going to repeat because Drafty pretty much got everything I see. He's cute though!

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