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post #1 of 28 Old 04-27-2013, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Good conformation for...?

Oh, I'm sorry to ask so many questions on here. I just want to know what you guys think about him, because I want to start training him in something. Dressage, show jumping, barrel racing, etc... Tell me what you think of him.

My cousin said he has good conformation for barrel racing, but I'd like to have a second opinion!



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Don't be harsh on me... I'm new at this, and I'm getting a trainer to help me for what ever you guys think he'd be best at... Please help!

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post #2 of 28 Old 04-27-2013, 05:53 PM
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He could probably compete at the lower levels at just about anything. He has solid all-around conformation. I absolutely LOVE his shoulder, he has strong hindquarters, level balance, a decent back, okay heart girth, and clean legs. Having said that, I have a sneaking suspicion he may be slightly back at the knee, but I can't tell from the pictures.
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Id like to see him standing square. Really you can train him and compete in anything you want.. definitely make a barrelhorse..

That picture of the grey shewing your horse away cracked me up- cause your horse wasnt phased.. then I saw the poodle out there with them, lol. Awesome picture!
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Id like to see him standing square. Really you can train him and compete in anything you want.. definitely make a barrelhorse..

That picture of the grey shewing your horse away cracked me up- cause your horse wasnt phased.. then I saw the poodle out there with them, lol. Awesome picture!
Hehe, that picture was taken the first day he was around horses since he was about... a year old? It was very adorable! I'm glad I got the picture.
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He's a nice all around horse. I like the group shot. Aren't they interesting to watch...everyone with their own agenda.
I guess what I would ask is "What do you want to do?" What horse activity interests you the most? English? Western? Some sort of trail type competition. Barrels or gaming? There are so many options. I think you could start with what you enjoy and see where it takes you both. The most important thing is that you enjoy it!
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He's a nice all around horse. I like the group shot. Aren't they interesting to watch...everyone with their own agenda.
I guess what I would ask is "What do you want to do?" What horse activity interests you the most? English? Western? Some sort of trail type competition. Barrels or gaming? There are so many options. I think you could start with what you enjoy and see where it takes you both. The most important thing is that you enjoy it!
I've always been interested in English Show Jumping so much! I've always wanted to do it with him. I believe I'll start with him next year when our family moves.

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Make sure you find a good trainer. Jumping can be very dangerous if not taught correctly. Good luck!
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I agree with everyone else, from what I can see (these pictures aren't very good for judging conformation, especially with that mud on his legs- it makes it hard to see them) he has very nice conformation.
Faults-wise, his front pasterns look to be upright to me and his back looks a tad long. What concerns me most are how his front legs seem to bow inwards in that first picture- they look nice and straight in some of the other photos, though. It might just be his feet, they look like they're in need of a good trim... But if his legs really are concave, I personally would not jump him.
His pasterns are nice and short, as are his canons. His shoulder has a lovely angle and seems like it's pretty open, and although I think it could be just a tad bit bigger, it's still very nice. His neck also looks nice, maybe tied in just a bit low, but overall I like it. His withers seem to lay back nicely and he has a nice round barrel with a decent depth to his girth. His hip is just lovely, I love it... Big and powerful, and beautiful croup- if you want to try him on barrels, I think he has plenty of motor back there.
Overall, he's a very handsome boy, I like him a lot! If you could get his feet trimmed up and take some pictures of him standing on a flat, level ground (such as a road, if a paved one is nearby) I'd love to see some more pictures, that would help us give you a much more accurate critique. As for what he'd be good for, I think that, like everyone else has said, he'd be just fine doing almost anything you wanted at lower levels.
ALSO, that second picture is hilarious, I love it!
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He looks like a nice trail horse to me. But then, that's what I "do."
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I agree with everyone else, from what I can see (these pictures aren't very good for judging conformation, especially with that mud on his legs- it makes it hard to see them) he has very nice conformation.
Faults-wise, his front pasterns look to be upright to me and his back looks a tad long. What concerns me most are how his front legs seem to bow inwards in that first picture- they look nice and straight in some of the other photos, though. It might just be his feet, they look like they're in need of a good trim... But if his legs really are concave, I personally would not jump him.
His pasterns are nice and short, as are his canons. His shoulder has a lovely angle and seems like it's pretty open, and although I think it could be just a tad bit bigger, it's still very nice. His neck also looks nice, maybe tied in just a bit low, but overall I like it. His withers seem to lay back nicely and he has a nice round barrel with a decent depth to his girth. His hip is just lovely, I love it... Big and powerful, and beautiful croup- if you want to try him on barrels, I think he has plenty of motor back there.
Overall, he's a very handsome boy, I like him a lot! If you could get his feet trimmed up and take some pictures of him standing on a flat, level ground (such as a road, if a paved one is nearby) I'd love to see some more pictures, that would help us give you a much more accurate critique. As for what he'd be good for, I think that, like everyone else has said, he'd be just fine doing almost anything you wanted at lower levels.
ALSO, that second picture is hilarious, I love it!

We got his feet trimmed now.



Dunno if you can tell, though. Heh.

I'll also, HOPEFULLY, be getting pictures of him tomorrow.

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