I bought my horse a little over eight months ago, her name is Nakota. I have taught her myself and am now looking to go into a certain discipline, but the problem is that I do not know which way to go. She stands 14.2 (which is good for me because I am only 5 foot tall and fully grown) and is almost 4 years old. I am willing to go english or western. I am willing to try anything that she may be good at, but before I can find a riding instructor, I need an ide of what I should go for.
I am only going to go to an instructor because I, myself have only trail ridden but have always wanted to get into competitions. So if you have any idea about what this little girl may be good at, or even if you want to critique how she is built, do not be afraid to comment! I know she is not put together the best, she is a horse I saved from the slaughter house so we don't know her breeding, but I believe she is at least part standardbred. Thank you for your time!
I agree, she appears to have some STB in there to me
As for conformation, she has a decent shoulder and her neck is not terribly off either
Back is a good length
Really hard to pass a judgement on her front legs, as she is not standing properly and appears slightly over at the knee
Very sloping hindquarters
Camped out in the back legs
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Nice little horse. Looks like she has the conformation to be pretty solid at different things but not stellar at any one thing. He point of shoulder and angle at point of shoulder along with her neck said would not have me looking at jumping (try her and see if she points her knees down). Her shoulder and neck set also say she won't be stellar at higher level dressage.
She might do well as a gaming horse (poles or barrels) if she is quick enough and you can get her to collect and extend. She also might make a good team penning horse (if she shows any cow) or might do well in Western Riding. Just some ideas.
She is very cute and definitely functional! Her head is a bit big for her body but the neck, midsection, and hind end all match up well. She's built nice and compact. I think her topline too. She's got a nice slope to her shoulder to help her trot out and forward. She also has nice long croup, which will help her get power behind and step underneath. However, the croup is a bit steep and she looks camped out behind, which will then make it harder for her to step under herself... so those two kind of cancel each other out :) She looks back at the knee and her pasterns look a little long in front.
Like others said, she will be good for a variety of disciplines but will most likely not be a superstar in any one discipline. None of her flaws are huge, so I really think she could do just about anything to a reasonable extent. You've got a cute all arounder, congrats!