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Critique Jasper, 6 yo Roan QH Gelding

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        07-29-2013, 07:07 PM
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    Weanling
    Critique Jasper, 6 yo Roan QH Gelding

    Now that I have a few better photos I'd like to see what everyone thinks of Jasper.

    I can tell you he is a bit downhill, does toe in on one leg, and does have what appears to be an old injury, and yes so far he has been sound and I'm not taking it easy on him.

    Jasper
    6 years old.
    Gelding
    14.3 hands
    My Roan Valentine Quarter Horse
    (In the process of changing his name, color, and transferring him to me with the AQHA so his new registered name should be My Roan Valentine).

    He has gone from overly sensitive, overly reactive, spooks over any movement toward him to being my puppy dog in less than a week. So he seems really willing and sweet.

    I really like him, and plan to just do whatever on him... As long as he shows interest (and stays sound) I would love to take him to some beginner cow clinics and maybe do some super little local reining things... maybe even just some clinics in that too... I don't really see him being super good at anything to be honest (and we will mostly just train and trail ride) but he is a sweet horse and can really get out of his own way FAST. Plus he is very sensitive for a gelding, which I like. A little goes a LONG way with him and he seems like the type of horse you could get in trouble with if your not careful.









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        07-29-2013, 08:00 PM
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    Trained
    No critique from me, just a comment, Nice horse!!!
         
        07-29-2013, 08:07 PM
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    Weanling
    Thank you. He really grew on me fast! He is one of those that if all he was good for is a cute pasture pet to look at and feed I would still keep him around. I like his personality that much.
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        07-29-2013, 10:49 PM
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    I see the downhillness. That's an asset in some kinds of western riding, no?
         
        07-29-2013, 10:57 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    Pretty color and in nice condition. He has a nice balanced look to him. Both shoulder and front pasterns are a bit too upright. However point of shoulder appears fairly high so likely does not restrict him as much as some. Back is a nice length, though could be shorter and stronger through the coupling. Somewhat downhill, as you said. I like his croup shape. Appears to be slightly back at the knee. The neck ties in well, but something about the muscling looks odd... Can't quite put my finger on it. Looks like a good using sort.
         
        07-29-2013, 11:03 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    Ok I looked at his neck more and I think it looks odd because about 8" back from his poll is an area that looks really overdeveloped - almost like a bulge. Does he brace against a tie down? All and all I think his neck could be more properly muscled, but I think that one bulgy spot is why it looks so odd to me.
         
        07-30-2013, 04:00 AM
      #7
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tryst    
    Ok I looked at his neck more and I think it looks odd because about 8" back from his poll is an area that looks really overdeveloped - almost like a bulge. Does he brace against a tie down? All and all I think his neck could be more properly muscled, but I think that one bulgy spot is why it looks so odd to me.
    It's hard to tell if what you see is color or bulge... But yes his old owner did ride him in a tie down and he is VERY stiff and bracey.

    That being said he also has a spot in his neck where it appears a chunk was taken out.... I think this poor young horse has had a pretty tough to of it so far.
         
        07-30-2013, 07:26 AM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    I see the downhillness. That's an asset in some kinds of western riding, no?
    Not really anymore. I see it a lot in cutting horses though... But I don't think it's desirable anymore. With reining where you want that horse as soft and free upfront as possible, I'm guessing the downhillness will make it difficult for this horse...
         
        07-30-2013, 10:40 AM
      #9
    Weanling
    Love him! You have a good eye, I see many happy years ahead for the two of you. Looks like he could give just about anything a good try!
         
        07-30-2013, 10:45 AM
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    Yearling
    I think he moves close behind, and is toed out and cow hocked. But I adore his color. I love roans :)
         

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