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post #1 of 17 Old 03-04-2014, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Quarter Horse Critique

Hello all! This is Special our 9 year old Quarter Horse gelding and he is just starting his barrel career. I was wondering if you guys could see anything that may be a "weakness" to watch out for as we progress and get more serious in our endeavors. =]

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-04-2014, 11:24 PM
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I don't see anything to scream "run away" in regards to his structure, but right now he has a very cresty neck and looks quite chubby, so I would work on getting quite a bit of weight off of him before doing any hard work with him. It is also possible that he could be insulin resistant.
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I'm not seeing that as a crests neck. Photo is not all that clear, though.

The issue I see is that he's not in MY barn!
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This is a very nice horse too. Looks like he has a great shoulder for a Quarterhorse with the point of shoulder set adequately high and the shoulder laid back. I would like a little more bone and a little lower wither.. I think he is going to be a hard saddle fit and with barrel racing be careful of that.. bruised withers from a poor saddle fit will make for bad training and bad runs.

If anything he is a little light on bone. I wonder if he is not more suited for some of the AQHA English events such as hunter over fences etc. Looks to have some Thoroughbred close up.
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I repeat what TinyLiny said!
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I like him. He is very thick and stout looking. His pasterns are short and he looks like he's heavy on the forehand. Overall, he looks very nice.
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Hello all! This is Special our 9 year old Quarter Horse gelding and he is just starting his barrel career. I was wondering if you guys could see anything that may be a "weakness" to watch out for as we progress and get more serious in our endeavors. =]

I concur with Elana...love a lot about this horse. I don't see an overweight horse at all, I see a very fit horse who naturally carries a lot of muscle. Love the deep heart girth in this guy and his shorter back. He ALMOST looks like he's heavier up front than the back, but it's because he's narrow in his loin connection. But I love the condition he's in...wouldn't change a thing. What's his breeding?
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I see a giant screaming flaw. WHY AM I NOT ON THIS HORSE lol
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it's wrong, wrong wrong! That horse just should be mine!
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post #10 of 17 Old 03-06-2014, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! Glad to know I'm not the only one who likes him. You know how a mother can be blinded by love and think their baby is beautiful even though...well yeah.

Special is out of my old show mare and by This guy. I had always wanted a Special Effort baby and my dad knew the owner of this stallion.

My dad had fun with his name like he does with all our horses, so his registered name is Special Sum Beech. Full Pedigree
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