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post #1 of 8 Old 02-13-2013, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my 13yr old QH gelding please!

Hi guys! I'd like to have a few opinions on my QH gelding.
I showed him for the first time in 4H last year - I've had him for about 2 years now. He's so well trained, he'll do anything you ask him (which is why we got him, he's sort of taught me how to ride as well)

Most of these are from last summer, the last three or so are more recent. He's 13 years old, around 15hh.
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He's a great all around horse, but I'd like to try something a little more specific - reining perhaps, or a certain game. Maybe WP, but he's not really the slow tipe. I have a hard time holding him back - he loves to gogo, it's just how he is xD

Any specific event/discipline you see in his conformation?
I can post a short video if needed, too.



(Yes, he came around this turn a little too wide xD)



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post #2 of 8 Old 02-14-2013, 08:14 PM
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He has a steep/upright shoulder angle but his neck set is not bad and he has good depth through the chest
Back is borderline long but ok
A bit bum-high
I like the shape of his hindquarters
Slightly over at the knee in the front legs and a little on the posty side in the backs but no horribly glaring flaws that would lead one to assume that he wouldn't be ok in any field.

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Thank you! c:

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post #4 of 8 Old 02-17-2013, 11:55 AM
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I don't know much about western sports, so I can't give advice there. But for a general confo critique, he's definitely got a cute, all-rounder type build. He looks like he's built to last a long time. He's got a long back and may be slightly downhill. His legs are put together nicely, with short compact pasterns. His croup is long and sloping. His shoulder angle is a bit steep, and his neck is just a bit thick and short. But overall he's a very decent guy! His hindquarters look really strong, so I'd say he probably has the speed for barrel racing or pole bending? From what I've seen of western pleasure horses, he doesn't really look the 'type.' But like I said before, I don't know much about western!
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i agree with Prec.pony. he's built very solidly and should last a long time.

however, he has a bit of a cresty neck and the very beginnings of "butt pillows". He is a bit overweight and you should take care not to over feed him or give him too much high sugar food, like grain. His build makes me a tad concerned that he could be a candidate for laminitus if allowed to get too fat and diet too rich.
something to watch as he enters his mid teens.
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georgeous. needs more muscle though.
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Hi guys! I'd like to have a few opinions on my QH gelding.
I showed him for the first time in 4H last year - I've had him for about 2 years now. He's so well trained, he'll do anything you ask him (which is why we got him, he's sort of taught me how to ride as well)

Most of these are from last summer, the last three or so are more recent. He's 13 years old, around 15hh.
Royal Chianti Quarter Horse

He's a great all around horse, but I'd like to try something a little more specific - reining perhaps, or a certain game. Maybe WP, but he's not really the slow tipe. I have a hard time holding him back - he loves to gogo, it's just how he is xD

Any specific event/discipline you see in his conformation?
I can post a short video if needed, too.



(Yes, he came around this turn a little too wide xD)




Well....he's reining and cow bred on the top and looks the part. On the bottom he's foundation bred and looks the part. So he doesn't have a modern look, but does have an older look that is geared toward reining and cutting. He's not built for WP and if you have to hold him back because of "go" that means he doesn't have the mind set for it, but that''s ok!

What I like...is the solidness in him. He's got great bone, short cannons which is a plus. However he has more angulation in his hocks, and that back leg close to the camera is a concern. There seems to be some swelling on the front of the cannon. That leg below the hock is not quite right. He's also pretty upright in his pasterns and they are on the shorter side, but what I like is that they DO match in length. I've seen far too many horses with a shorter pastern in front and LONG in the back. The length should be the same.

I like the length of his back, it matches the rest of his body, but what I don't like is the drop in his back that is going on. He has drooped in the middle and that is a concern which pertains to fitness, weight management and strength in the topline. He has a decent neck....however due to be overweight...it gives the appearance of being too short. If he is slimmed down and fitted up....it will help a ton. He's got a nice hip, shows depth, substance and power.
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-18-2013, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for pointing out the positives and flaws!

Yes, I'm trying my best to monitor his weight during this winter season. We purchased a round bale net (CinchNet) that not only saves at least 50% of what would've been wasted hay, but it also takes them 'longer' to eat and they have to work for their hay a little more. But, he is also not getting worked as often, so he's not getting any slimmer atm.

Next week or the week after that my school schedule slows down a bit, so I'm hoping to start lunging him three-four times a week, starting lightly at first. I want to build up that muscle this spring/summer and keep it!
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