Mad Ninja Skillz- 2 Year Old Conformation Critique
I do a lot of these, sorry. I like to get other's opinions on how they look, because I'm biased. Lol. Anyhow, he turned 2, May 10. For those that don't know, he is a 3/4ths TWH colt, the other bit is QH. He can do a flat walk, run walk, rack, and trot, although he is a very trotty colt at liberty. His dam is Mr. San Peppy/ Doc Bar bred on her sires side, and Midnight Mack K/ Ebony Masterpiece on dams side. If you want to look him up on allbreed, his sire is names Macks Alabama Bear. (Ninja is there also, but someone removed his dams side and replaced it with German Riding Pony breeding???).
I'm not really sure what I am planning on doing with him when he's trained. I bred him in hopes of doing eventing because his sire has had several foals that were excellent jumpers and fast. But.... he's a llittle small. So, I may be leaning more towards Western Dressage. Idk.
He's about 13.2 hands now. Sorry he wasn't square. We had him parked out in the first, and the second one he was being a pain. And please ignore my mother and her bare feet. Lol. This was a very improper photoshoot.
Some people think Walkers tend to mature later than other breeds, and having seen a couple colts grow, I would tend to agree. I wouldn't worry about his size at 2 years old, he may very well grow into himself. His parents seem to have decent size and bone, so hopefully he will inherit a portion of that.
Besides that, I REALLY like him. Nice hip angle, beautiful neck and face. He is tied in at the knee [but who isn't] and I think you may have avoided having a very long-backed Walker, which is really common. His parents seem proportional, and so does he.
Thank you! His sires owner told me that most of Bear's foals are late bloomers. And yes, he is tied in a little. He's also pretty toed out, although neither his sire or dam are at all...?? So, idk where on Earth that came from. A friend of mine owns my boys half brother who is now 6, and she said that Ninja is growing exactly like her colt was. She said he did not really grow 'til he was nearly 4, and that he toed out quite a bit until he was 5, then he straightened up. Also, his sire has a very good, short back, although you can't tell from the picture. He is known for throwing short backs to his offspring. And his dams back is actually too short, to the point that she can not handle a non custom saddle.
The two year old certainly inherited something from both parents with his front legs. He is as tied in at the knee as his sire is and as back at the knee as his mother. That front leg conformation would likely pull him out of the eventing arena.
His hind leg is slightly over angulated, like his dam, but not as significantly. He seems to have more of his sire's shoulder and his dam's neck set and that is a good thing.
He has his sire's top line which is better than his dam and while you say the dip in her back is due to being let down after not being worked.. it is still a conformation fault and it is a sway back (common in gaited horses). A horse with a truly correct back would not dip like that behind the withers regardless of conditioning.
His coupling is a bit weak.. the peak of the croup could be a bit smoother and his hind quarter is from his Dad. In the first photo I thought his hocks to be nice and low.. but I think that is due to a higher camera angle. The second photo his hocks seem a tad high or it may be that his front cannons are a bit long.
He is over all a nice horse though I really do not like that he is tied in at the knee and has a little too much angle in his hind leg.
Out of curiosity, have you tried him on cattle? He is small enough and looks like he might be handy enough to cut.. but if he doesn't have "cow" it won't work. He might make a nice little reining horse.
Eventing was out of the picture the moment he his the ground. Lol. :/ His sire and dam are both extremely versatile and his siblings are all just as versatile. So, I think he'll be like that too.
Elana, I'm sorry I never answered you. Yes, he is tied in, which I did not like, but, oh well. Also, in the TWH breed, it's preferred for them to have over angular hocks, extremely over angular is supposed to help them reach under themselves and gait better. I don't believe that no do I really like that so much, so I picked a stallion (even though he's TWH) that didn't have such scickled hocks. Since his dams aren't bad either, Ninja got a nice medium.
His dams back, yes. I just meant it wouldn't look so bad if she hadn't been laid up for so long. But, I do agree with it being a defect. He and his dam have weaker coupling, unfortunately. His hocks and knees are pretty even, and his cannons aren't long. Were the pictures taken on level ground and he was really squared up, I think you would be able to see it better.
In all, he does have some faults, but he is an improvement of his sire and dam, IMO. Which is what you hope to do when you breed. I looked for specific things to improve in his dam and I think he came out pretty darn well. :P lol
And, I haven't started him yet due to his small size, but his dam is pretty cowy. He certainly isn't afraid of cows, he may be decent at it.