What do you think of this cutting prospect?

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    07-09-2013, 03:37 PM
What do you think of this cutting prospect?

I've been looking around for a cow bred prospect I can start in a few years, put miles on, get it started on cattle, rope off of it at brandings and such, maybe dink around at some small cuttings, and then sell it as a well started horse for someone who wants to do a little bit of everything. Anyway, what do you think of this yearling gelding? I'm not a huge fan of the head on him, and I wish his hocks were a little lower, but he seems to be built fairly well with a nice, sloping shoulder and looks to have a kind eye. I like his breeding.
Pedigree: Weavers Boon Heaven Quarter Horse

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    07-09-2013, 03:57 PM
Green Broke
He certainly in line bred for cutting. He is a bit straight through the hock and a bit over weight. DO have him xrayed for OCD. Shoulder lays back nice and his coupling is a little long. Downhill but most cutters are.

Get those xrays. That young and that fat.. and a Quarter Horse.. Osteochondrosis is a real concern. It may not show up until he is two or three and it can be a real heart break.
    07-09-2013, 04:39 PM
Hmm... I am not really seeing that horse being fat at all.. you can see hint of ribs.. I think he's spot on with his weight..
    07-09-2013, 04:44 PM
Nice looking horse, great breeding.. yes his hocks could be lower and his cannons shorter.. other than that he has a very nice shoulder - is back is appears fine to me. Cutting horses often time have kind of quirky looking conformations, I have seen some absolutely hideous looking horses that were excellent cutters! Do you know how tall his parents are? If he matures between 14.3 HH and 15.1 HH he will be still short enough to cut / sort / pen but big enough to rope (probably heel only unless he matures into a hunky guy :)
    07-09-2013, 05:00 PM
Originally Posted by MyBrandy    
Hmm... I am not really seeing that horse being fat at all.. you can see hint of ribs.. I think he's spot on with his weight..
That's what I thought. The owner said he was a little underweight when she got him, but he looks about right now to me. Elana, are quarter horses in particular at risk?
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    07-09-2013, 05:19 PM
Green Broke
Yes. Quarterhorses are more prone to OCD.

And as to condition.. I can only see the photos. You can see the horse. You may be right. I just call it as I see it.

Nice line breeding. Did his sire or dam do any work or win any money?
    07-09-2013, 05:26 PM
I haven't seen him either... I thought I would just see what people thought before pursuing it at all. Thanks for bringing up your concerns! That's exactly what I was hoping to hear and why I posted the thread in the first place. I haven't ever even heard of OCD, but that will be something I look in to.

The sire has won some NCHA money and stands at Weaver Quarter Horses in Montana. I don't know about the dam, but a full sibling has also won some NCHA money.
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    07-09-2013, 05:45 PM
Well he's heavily "cow bred" top and bottom - you will get a "hearding" horse no matter what
    07-09-2013, 05:49 PM
Is it just me or does he have a VERY short neck?
    07-09-2013, 05:55 PM
Originally Posted by Tryst    
Is it just me or does he have a VERY short neck?

- I was thinking that too.. but that is not uncommon with cutting bred QH..

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