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post #1 of 21 Old 07-17-2013, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
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Critique Skipper's Conformation?

Approximately 7 years old, QH (so I'm told), ~16hh. Not much is known about him except for that he was previously used as a mountain trail and hunting/packing horse. I am currently working with him, and he has been offered to me for $400.

To me his neck looks long but maybe I'm just used to my old longer backed QH and its throwing me off. Either way, he's awesome and a ton of fun to ride. He moves like a TB.

I know these aren't the very best pictures, but I had no one to help hold/position him. The ground isn't completely even either, he was standing a tad bit uphill in the first two or three, I believe.









And one with saddle, just because.

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post #2 of 21 Old 07-17-2013, 07:00 AM
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He is a little out of proportion, but there's nothing ****ing about his conformation. His hind end is weak compared to the rest of him. His legs are a little insubstantial but well put together. He looks long in the toe in the front too.

He's got a beautiful face on him too.
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post #3 of 21 Old 07-17-2013, 02:28 PM
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His feet are very long in front, and in one of the pictures his neck does look extremely long. But he's not too bad! :)
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He honestly LOOKS like a TB to me... he has very little substance to his hind end which is normally the 'trademark' of a QH, and he has the typical shark fin wither of a TB. Maybe he's an appendix?

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That was my thought too, Endiku. Seeing him in person it was very hard to believe he was QH. He is pretty tall, and he looks like a TB and moves like one. Seeing as he's not papered, I wouldn't at all be surprised.
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His color is interesting with how light the top part of his tail is and how dark the lower part is! The sooty in his mane is interesting too.

Keep in mind that some QH are a large part TB blood. To me his head doesn't really look TB - more like a standardbred or something.

He is put together a little awkwardly - neck that is a little too long and ties a little roughly, shoulder a bit upright, hind legs a little posty - nothing to prevent him from being a good using type but maybe won't win any beauty contests :). I do really like that tail though! : D
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post #7 of 21 Old 07-17-2013, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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I know, I adore his mane and tail :) I'm certainly not intending to show him, as I never really enjoyed showing much in the first place. All I would be doing with him is trails, and maybe a parade or two waaay down the line for the program I work with, but that isn't in the near future. Nothing fancy. I'm really trying to strengthen that hind end up and get him more balanced at the moment.
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post #8 of 21 Old 07-17-2013, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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^ and by balanced I mean under saddle, not aesthetically. :P
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post #9 of 21 Old 07-18-2013, 09:59 AM
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he is interesting looking, for sure. I also agree that is is a little miss matched, his head and neck belong on a different horse, his hind end is light(emphasized by the large head and long neck.) and his toes are very long in the front.

Over all though, if he's sound and functional for what you want him for, that's the most important thing.
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-18-2013, 10:11 AM
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My 98% foundation quarter horse is built a lot like this. He's a pretty guy, love his head. His neck is a little long and you need to Trot him up a lot of hills to put some substance on his back end. But All in all. He's not a bad looking horse.
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