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    08-20-2013, 05:07 PM
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Exclamation Quarter Horse --- TB look??

I'm curious if my horse has acceptable conformation for jumping. I bought him about 6 months ago. He is a 13-14 year old Quarter Horse but he resembles a Thoroughbred much more than a QH I think. He has a sloping, downhill build, but other than that he doesn't look stocky or ranch-like. Is that a normal exception of a QH? I've asked around and I'm getting mixed reviews about his weight. My trainer says he is underweight, but everyone else I've talked to says that maybe he's just built lighter. So anyway, I'd like to know if he is balanced and in good conformation not just for jumping but also overall. Thanks!
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    08-20-2013, 05:14 PM
  #2
Trained
Impossible to judge conformation from the first pic provided. His head needs to be up in order to get an accurate idea of his build.

A lot of race-bred QHs don't have the stocky look of the stock-bred QHs. They are built leaner and taller. Do you know what his breeding is?

If he's downhill, that right there will make it extremely difficult for him to be a jumper because he'll have to work that much harder to pick his front end up off the ground to get over jumps. Not saying it's impossible, just that it's not the ideal build for a jumper.
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    08-20-2013, 05:34 PM
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Yearling
I think he could use more weight honestly. And a good farrier.

There are all shapes and sizes of Quarter horses, he's probably on the racing side of the breed.
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    08-20-2013, 05:57 PM
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Foal
DraftyAiresMum, to answer your question, I don't know what his breeding is because he has no papers. Though I did buy him from a QH farm. I'll be sure to get a picture with his head up also, as I don't have one right now, so that his conformation can be properly see.
     
    08-20-2013, 07:31 PM
  #5
Yearling
Looking at that hip bone I'd say he needs more weight on him..he is too angular even in that shot from the back. There is something about his front legs that bothers me...maybe he is a bit base narrow? Could be he just doesn't have a broad chest but agreed his feet are very long in that shot.

He looks like he has a kind eye but as indicted, if built downhill it can lead to issues while jumping...tripping after the jump is common as they tend to overbalance.
     
    08-20-2013, 07:54 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by tlkng1    
Looking at that hip bone I'd say he needs more weight on him..he is too angular even in that shot from the back. There is something about his front legs that bothers me...maybe he is a bit base narrow? Could be he just doesn't have a broad chest but agreed his feet are very long in that shot.

He looks like he has a kind eye but as indicted, if built downhill it can lead to issues while jumping...tripping after the jump is common as they tend to overbalance.
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I think he could use more weight honestly. And a good farrier.

There are all shapes and sizes of Quarter horses, he's probably on the racing side of the breed.
I agree he needs more weight, I was just a bit confused by the different responses I have gotten in person. It's good though that now I am getting some definite answers. He does indeed have long feet in the picture as it was taken a couple days ago. I do think that he is base narrow, is that considered a fault for a QH?
     
    08-20-2013, 08:03 PM
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Trained
Base narrow is considered a fault in any breed.
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    08-20-2013, 08:19 PM
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Foal
Drats. Thank you so much everyone for your help! :)
     

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