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        01-19-2013, 01:02 PM
    Critique an older horse?

    Kid, a 14 year old unregistered QH. This was taken while lining them up for a trim, so his hooves are pretty well-grown. Kid's currently being used as a learning horse for me to perfect everything and as my niece's beginner horse.
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        01-20-2013, 12:17 AM
    Disclaimer: I'm not great at conformations, but I'm learning! :)

    Here's what I think I see. At first glance, what stands out is that he seems sickle-hocked, and I don't like how short his pasterns are. His feet also seem small for his size.

    Looking at the rest of him, he seems a tad downhill in build with a steep-ish shoulder. I also wish he had more muscling on his hindquarters, as they do not seem proportionate to his body for a QH. There is something about his neck too, but I don't know enough to say what--probably muscling.

    I do have a question for others who look at this photo-- why is it that some horses (such as this sweet boy) have ball-looking fetlocks? Does that have to do with his short pasterns/being a QH?
        01-20-2013, 12:35 AM
    Are you sure he's 14? He has an aged looking body.
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        01-20-2013, 12:55 AM
    I agree that he looks much older than 14. I wouldn't even consider 14 "older" either.
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        01-20-2013, 04:57 PM
    Vet says he's somewhere between 14 and 16. Checked the teeth, too.
        01-20-2013, 05:20 PM
    I think some muscle would really help him :)
        01-20-2013, 07:34 PM
    I would love to use him more, but yesterday he got a large cut on his hind leg and is very lame, so unfortunately he's out of use 'till it heals :(
        01-20-2013, 08:47 PM
    Green Broke
    He looks older than 16 to me. By his body I would judge him 20ish, but then again , he could have been used hard , which does age them.
    He is not standing square so its hard to tell about his hind legs. He needs a better trim, no heels. He needs a few more groceries , he is not bad overall, looks like a sturdy horse. His has kinda large joints but then again he could be a tad arthritic, which does change some of the muscling etc.
        01-20-2013, 09:53 PM
    Green Broke
    He looks closer to my mare Rosie at 22, when she came back from a bad leasing experience..
        01-20-2013, 09:55 PM
    Yeah, I only got him March, I've no history from his last owner. He's well-behaved and acts like he knows a few good things.

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