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    01-12-2013, 01:15 PM
  #11
Trained
I like him. A lot.

As far as conformation, impossible to tell from the pics provided.

On what exitentialpony said, over at the knee isn't a huge fault and won't cause problems later unless it's severe (which it isn't on this horse). Low hocks are actually NOT a fault and are much desired. The upright shoulder is common in gaited breeds and, from my understanding, is necessary for them to gait.
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    01-12-2013, 01:21 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
I like him. A lot.

As far as conformation, impossible to tell from the pics provided.

On what exitentialpony said, over at the knee isn't a huge fault and won't cause problems later unless it's severe (which it isn't on this horse). Low hocks are actually NOT a fault and are much desired. The upright shoulder is common in gaited breeds and, from my understanding, is necessary for them to gait.
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Thank you LOL Now I feel kinda silly about the last part, but then that's all good in my book. From the angle of those pictures, can you spot anything else? I just sent back an email to the owner asking for the conformation pictures, so I hope to get those maybe today.
     
    01-12-2013, 01:24 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
I like him. A lot.

As far as conformation, impossible to tell from the pics provided.

On what exitentialpony said, over at the knee isn't a huge fault and won't cause problems later unless it's severe (which it isn't on this horse). Low hocks are actually NOT a fault and are much desired. The upright shoulder is common in gaited breeds and, from my understanding, is necessary for them to gait.
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Thanks Drafty! Still learning. :)
     
    01-12-2013, 01:29 PM
  #14
Trained
I can't watch videos on my phone, but if he's gaiting in the second vid, he would be lifting his legs higher than you're used to and his head would be up. Look at videos on YouTube of Peruvian pasos gaiting and you'll see if he's gaiting well.

As for anything else in his conformation, I don't see anything, but again, not the best pics.
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    01-12-2013, 01:42 PM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
I can't watch videos on my phone, but if he's gaiting in the second vid, he would be lifting his legs higher than you're used to and his head would be up. Look at videos on YouTube of Peruvian pasos gaiting and you'll see if he's gaiting well.

As for anything else in his conformation, I don't see anything, but again, not the best pics.
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That's exactly what he's doing, from what I can see. Sirius somewhat lowers his head a bit, except when trotting. I'll go have a look at those videos :)
     
    01-13-2013, 11:23 AM
  #16
Green Broke
I don't know much about this breed but he is long backed and "roof backed." His back is straight and slopes off each side like a roof.

His shoulder is steep and his point of shoulder is low with a low angle to his humerus. When he gaits you can see most of his action is in his knees but he never brings his forearms up or reaches out with his front feet. Now.. part of that is the gaiting but part of that is conformation trestrictions through the shoulder.

He does have nice low hocks and he does show action behind.

Nothing really glaringly wrong with him although he is not my sort of horse.
     
    01-14-2013, 01:04 PM
  #17
Yearling
A peruvian should not be bouncy. They are suppose to be like a cadilac to walking horses. He needs some work on hanging at a certain speed instead of bouncing all around. Other than that I don't think he looks bad.
     
    01-14-2013, 01:08 PM
  #18
Yearling
Most gaited horses have much straighter backs than none gaited. They don't have the dip behind the withers. Peruvians also should reach out with front feet either. He does have alot of knee actions but his steps should be short and quick. He shouldnt reach out and step.
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    06-04-2013, 12:20 PM
  #19
Foal
Just from watching the video I would say this horse is not a Peruvian. This is probably a Paso Fino. I noticed that the original Craigslist ad says "Peruvian Paso Fino". Lots of people make that mistake and assume the two breeds are the same. They are very, very different.

This horse doesn't gait like a Peruvian at all. His steps, especially in the front, are short and quick. He has no extension in the front nor does he display any overreach in the rear. He also has no termino. A Peruvian has a much longer stride than a Paso Fino with far less hock action. This horse also has a fairly high tailset which you usually don't see on a Peruvian, but you will see it on a Paso Fino.

To correct an earlier poster who said an upright shoulder is necessary for a gaited horse to gait ; that's not true. In fact, a long, well angled shoulder is necessary for good front leg extension. You want that on a Peruvian.
     

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