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post #1 of 23 Old 07-15-2013, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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My gelding at age 3

Hi guys! Some of you who have been around a while may remember Zane, my Missouri Fox Trotter/ QH cross foal. He came as surprise stowaway when I purchased his mother for trail riding. (The guy told me he didn't think she wasn't pregnant.)

It's been a wild ride for me, raising my first (and likely last) foal from birth.

He started life with lots of health issues, lots of training issues, lots of stress on me.

But we've made it to age 3, I'm riding him now, and while some rides are better than others, we've come so far! When he was born I didn't even know if he would survive and be sound enough to be a riding horse. Then he was such a wild child I didn't know if I would ever get him trained. But now I am riding him and that in itself is a miracle. I can post about his heath issues later if people are curious but I don't want to delve into that too much because I was unbiased critics of his conformation now at age 3.

So without further ado, here is Zane at 3 years of age. Let me know his strengths, weaknesses, whatever comments you may have.

Sorry the photos are at all sorts of crooked angles. We live on a hill and nothing is ever flat. I tried to get them as level as I could but it's hard to tell sometimes when you are actually taking them.
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-15-2013, 06:27 PM
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Well you sure got a hell of a horse outta her!
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post #3 of 23 Old 07-15-2013, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Haha! That's proud momma in the background of the second to last photo. I keep telling her "I don't know how you ever popped him out!"
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post #4 of 23 Old 07-15-2013, 07:27 PM
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Wow he looks great!

He has a nice rear end! Pretty nice balanced build. Nice dainty head and clean throatlatch.

The only things I see is that he is quite toed out in the back, the fronts are slightly toed out as well.

Excited to see how he continues to mature!!

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post #5 of 23 Old 07-16-2013, 09:08 AM
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Very nice horse. He is a little long through the coupling and a bit light in bone. Gaskins are very light under a well developed hind quarter. Knees and hocks are nice and low. A bit tied in at the knee. Slightly sickle hocked. Neck ties in very nicely to a short and steepish shoulder. He is built quite level.

Looks a nice enough horse.. the sort you can use.
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post #6 of 23 Old 07-16-2013, 01:04 PM
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Wow, check out that @$$!!!

THR, you know how much I love Zane! Didn't I tell you that everything would work out okay?

Sure, he's not perfect, but he still looks like the type of horse a person can throw their saddle on and use without having to worry about him breaking down. I darn sure wouldn't be ashamed to be seen throwing my saddle on him.
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post #7 of 23 Old 07-16-2013, 01:16 PM
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I'm not good at critiquing but man he's a looker! What a nice looking horse!!

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post #8 of 23 Old 07-16-2013, 01:48 PM
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I love his ears and face, so sweet!

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post #9 of 23 Old 07-16-2013, 01:57 PM
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He looks like a sturdy little guy! I like him. I don't know his background so I am curious to his history. Off to try to find out more about him...
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post #10 of 23 Old 07-16-2013, 02:09 PM
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Man he is handsome! Love that tail.
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