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post #11 of 28 Old 08-15-2014, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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To help show their height difference....and just for funzies.

She's in slight heels with her footwear in this one. And he's lower on the ground than she is.

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post #12 of 28 Old 08-15-2014, 04:17 PM
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Yup, like others have said, he's pretty typey pleasure breeding with the longer back/neck. His shoulder is a bit more upright than ideal, IMHO, as is his croup. Legs aren't bad at all though he's a touch straight through the hock and is standing camped under on the front.

The very first thing that popped out to me is his RF foot. I'm really hoping that it's the angle of the picture and that the ground is uneven. Of course, I'd have to pick his foot up myself to see for sure but it appears that the farrier might have left the inside a fairly significant amount longer than the outside on that foot, making that whole leg crooked.

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The problem with judging conformation like this is that we rip apart what looks like a good horse for her to be showing RIGHT NOW.
I see the RF hoof as a little bit clubby and I'm guessing that makes his "left hooved", so to speak. Upright shoulder, too.
BUT, the legs look straight, and he has a kind eye and looks like he is easy to handle.
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guess i forgot the two inches...
still my guess even with the new pic would be 15.2 not 16 hh
but then again hard to judge height in a photo ')
and I dont see any harsh critiques, and if there were some , that can happen when you ask people to comment on your horse.
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My personal horse is 15.2-15.3 for sure and he's dwarfed by Nick.

In any case, height isn't important. Glad you people seem to think he's at least a halfway decent horse.
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My personal horse is 15.2-15.3 for sure and he's dwarfed by Nick.

In any case, height isn't important. Glad you people seem to think he's at least a halfway decent horse.
I think people have given him more credit than that. I think he's a handsome boy and something I'd look to see in the show pen. Club foot or not, he seems very nice for your sister.

Which IMO I'd rather have a horse with some conformation flaws and a good mind, than a perfectly build insane one. Which makes him worth his weight in gold FSR.
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I am no critique, but I really like him. think he is quite handsome, I know what a nice horse looks like, but not trained in critique, pretty boy
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New question

My mom's friends came over the other day and they went out to see Nick. They're horse people and they wanted to see his progress.

The husband took one look at him and told my mom he'd buy him off her for any price she named because he said he had "the perfect reining horse conformation" and that he'd buy him and send him to South Dakota immediately for training. Said he'd make the perfect lead reining horse.

As I have absolutely NO experience with reining.....what do you guys think? Do you think he's got the build for reining?

We're not going to sell, but now I'm curious lol
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I'd say no way. Not even close.

But that's me
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I think reining will make him edgy. You have a nice, mellow laid back horse, big enough to carry any adult, and it sounds like he's gentle, too, with your sister. These horses are worth their weight in gold, IMHO. Don't sell him. They will run him into the ground and ruin him. I was talking to my Vet the other day about a story I had heard online regarding a H/J first pony, who had had his tongue cut almost all of the way through. She didn't hesitate to say that the pony had been used for reining.
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