Critique the trotter

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Conformation Critique

Critique the trotter

This is a discussion on Critique the trotter within the Horse Conformation Critique forums, part of the Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics category
  • Conformation of a trotter horse
  • Crituqe trotter horse

LinkBack Thread Tools
    01-25-2012, 09:04 AM
Critique the trotter

Ordinary russian horse - russian trotter (orlov-french trotter-standardbred crossbreed).
What do you think about his conformation?

Sponsored Links
    01-25-2012, 09:35 AM
That's an odd looking head! He's the tiniest tad downhill, functionally speaking, and those cannons are LONG. I like his shoulder, and I like his hindquarter. I love his neck and how it ties in to his chest. It's hard to tell much more than that though, he's not squared up and he's not on level ground.

Overall though I like him!
    01-25-2012, 11:01 AM
Green Broke
This horse is very typical of these breeds. I have looked at the Orlov and this horse shows that conformation in the rounded croup and hind leg conformation and the somewhat muttony withers.

While I could pick apart this horse for short pasterns, long cannons, somewhat straight hind leg conformation and being slightly tied in behind the knee, he is very balanced. He has good bone, though I would like to see roomier hocks. His head and neck and neck set thro back to Arabian ancestry long ago.

I do not know what your plans are for this horse. He is very warm blood looking as in warm bloods for carriage horses (which was the original purpose, along with war horse of the warmblood). If you are looking for a Dressage prospect, probably not (but see him move!) as his back legs are too posty. If you are looking for a combined driving horse, he is very nice. He might do OK over fences.

What are your intentions for this horse?
    01-27-2012, 02:35 AM
^ I disagree, you don't want a posty hind in a jumper. They need the same driving power and spring from behind as a good dressage horse. Maybe as a lower to mid-level jumper, a posty hind is ok, but I wouldn't want a horse that's straight behind for high level stuff. Or eventing (what I'm showing in this season) for that matter because - and ESPECIALLY cross-country - you need a horse that can jump the height without struggling, because on some courses you can't see what the footing's like and the horse might trip a stride or two out. You need to be able to recover because a refusal on cross-country is disastrous for your end score (20 penalties is a BIG disadvantage) and to try to jump it when your horse has tripped and doesn't have the scope to clear it from a bad position... that's just plain suicidal. I know riders who've experienced what can happen. It's not pretty.

So, a posty hind for a jumper or eventer? Not for me.

I can see this horse doing well in the show ring and in the lower to middle levels of eventing and dressage, but purely for safety reasons, I wouldn't event it any higher than 3'6"... those jumps get pretty wide and they're REALLY solid. Jumpers, I can see it taking rails at the higher levels.

    01-27-2012, 08:43 AM
Green Broke
Hmm.. I should have clarified what I meant. OK over fences is not super over fences. OK.. is (IMO) a 2'6" or 3' horse.. And he would likely do "ok" up to level 3 in dressage.

OK.. is.. well.. Just OK.... LOL
    01-28-2012, 09:06 AM
I get you now. Yeah, this horse as a lower level allrounder or eventer, would be very nice. I can't see him going to the top in anything but depending on temperament he could easily make a lovely competitive mount at the low to mid levels.
    01-30-2012, 07:35 AM
Blue eyed pony, Elana thanks a lot for your comments.

So, about this horse. He is 16 this year. His height is 15.0 hh.
He was a jumper. 3'10"-4'2".
I do really think it was too much for him.
But he is really well balanced and unbelievably honest horse.
Hу always does his best. Unfortunately sometimes he tries to do more then his body can do =((
I bought him at 11 as retiree jumper.
Now his got arthritis and chronic back aches.
Probably the back could be treatable, but I don't see any opportunity to make it here. =(

So now he is ridable. He is my huge hamster.
I used to try skijoring with him. He likes it a lot, because he can move fast and nobody hurts his back.
    01-30-2012, 07:48 AM
Green Broke
This post confirms what I thought.
At 16 years old, ENJOY him. If you can get him hitched, hitch him (ski Joring.. what a rush that must be!).

I have arthritis myself.. and you know.. a little care, a little stretching, a little NSAID.. I am not ready to roll over and quit. I still work! I suspect your horse is similar1 ;)
    01-30-2012, 07:53 AM
He's on level ground, about 8 years ago
    01-30-2012, 07:56 AM
Green Broke
I like him. May have to move to your country and take him away! LOL

Very nice looking horse. I can see why they had him jumping.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is this mare a trotter????? bellas mummy Horse Breeds 0 12-02-2011 09:30 AM
What to look for in a Missouri Fox Trotter? SidMit Gaited Horses 4 06-04-2011 12:52 AM
What is a Trotter? alltimelowx Horse Breeds 3 10-12-2010 04:50 PM
Does anyone else have a Fox Trotter? CloudsMystique Gaited Horses 31 04-18-2009 08:49 PM
Missouri Fox Trotter ahearn Horse Breeds 3 09-25-2007 08:19 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:34 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0