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post #1 of 24 Old 06-18-2009, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Breed Conformation!

If you know what your horses breed conformation is post it!
If you don't know post the breed and I or other people will help you out!

I will start..

Breed: Quarter horse!

Short, wide head, small muzzle, large wide-set eyes, medium length, alert ears, fairly long;flexible neck, sloping shoulders, well-defined withers, compact body with broad chest, deep girth, short back, well- sprung ribs, bread, deep, heavy and well muscled hindquarters with long, gently sloped croup, short cannons, broad, flat, low-set hocks, muscular thighs and gaskins and medium-length pasterns, oblong feet with deep heels.

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post #2 of 24 Old 06-18-2009, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Post a picture of your horse(s) and the breed so we can compare/critique them.

My first picture is of Gunther, he looks like more of the foundation QH.
My second picture is of Labre, honestly if I saw her for the first time I would never think she was a QH.

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post #3 of 24 Old 06-18-2009, 12:32 PM
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Breed: Mustang

Conformation: Mustangs have no specific conformation and can range in size of between 13 and 16 hands, but on average stand about 14 hands. While their colorings of appaloosa, palomino, buckskin and black seem to have been bred from the breed over the years, it is still possible to see these colors. Shapes and the horse’s physical build will vary as they have mostly been bred in the wild. Many of them display certain draft characteristics from farm horses that were released and joined with the herd during the settling of the American west. Mustangs usually have large bones with good feet and while some can be quite bulky, most don't display the muscle definition of their domesticated cousins. Mustangs commonly have what we call conformational faults; big heads, short necks, short pasterns, pigeon toes, toeing out, etc. However, these traits don't usually result in long-term soundness issues.

Dobe (7yo Mustang)

Koda (7yo Mustang):

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post #4 of 24 Old 06-18-2009, 01:24 PM
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I, too, do the AQHA thing. BUT I can also do IBHA.

Breed: IBHA - International Buckskin Horse Association

A true colored buckskin should be the color of tanned deerhide with black points. Shades may vary from yellow to dark gold. Points (mane, tail, legs) can be dark brown or black. Buckskin is clean of any smuttiness. Guard hairs which are buckskin colored grow through the body coat up over the base of the mane and tail. Other colorings include dun, red dun and brindle dun.


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Both you girls sure have gorgeous horses.
Love the color Sixx.
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post #6 of 24 Old 06-18-2009, 10:52 PM
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The Appaloosa is a breed with a color preference. Coat pattern, white sclera of the eye, striped hooves and mottled skin are the characteristics of the Appaloosa. An Appaloosa, however, may also have a solid coat pattern. To be registered as an Appaloosa, the minimum height requirement at maturity is 14 hands.
The Appaloosa's average height is around 15.1 hands
Bay, black, brown, buckskin, white, dun, chestnut, grullo, gray, roan, palomino
The conformation of the Appaloosa is typical of the stock horse breeds. However, the Appaloosa may resemble the shorter, more compact Arabian or the longer, leaner Thoroughbred.

Danni... I "think" he's a Chestnut Roan with red spotted blanket...the flaxen mane rules out red roan!Lol!

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post #7 of 24 Old 06-21-2009, 08:37 PM
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Bump. :) I like this thread.

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post #8 of 24 Old 06-21-2009, 09:47 PM
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The Thoroughbred stands a little over 16 hands on average and its appearance reveals its Arabian ancestry. A refined head with widely-spaced, intelligent eyes sits on a neck which is somewhat longer and lighter than in other breeds. The withers are high and well defined, leading to an evenly curved back. The shoulder is deep, well-muscled and extremely sloped while the heart girth is deep and relatively narrow. The legs are clean and long with pronounced tendons and move smoothly in unison through one plane. The bone structure of the upper hind leg makes room for long, strong muscling. The thighbone is long and the angle it makes with the hipbone is wide. The powerful muscling of the hip and thigh continues to the gaskin that is set low. Coat colors in Thoroughbreds may be bay, dark bay, chestnut, black or gray; roans are seen only rarely. White markings are frequently seen on both the face and legs.
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BREED: magnifitsant Morgan

1.The head should be expressive with broad forehead; large prominent eyes; with straight or slightly dished short face; firm fine lips; large nostrils and well-rounded jowls. The ears should be short and shapely, set rather wide apart and carried alertly. Mares may have a slightly longer ear.

2. The throatlatch is slightly deeper than other breeds and should be refined sufficiently to allow proper flexion at the poll and normal respiration.

3. The neck should come out on top of an extremely well-angulated shoulder with depth from top of withers to point of shoulder. It should be relatively fine in relation to sex. It should be slightly arched and should blend with the withers and back. The top line of the neck should be considerably longer than the bottom line. The stallion should have more crest than the mare or gelding. An animal gelded late in life may resemble the stallion more closely.

4.The withers should be well defined and extend into the back in proportion to the angulation of the shoulder.

5. The body should be compact with a short back, close coupling, broad loins, deep flank, well-sprung ribs, croup long and well muscled with tail attached high, carried gracefully and straight. A weak, low, or long back is a severe fault. The Morgan horse should not be higher at the croup than at the withers.

6. The stifle should be placed well forward and low in the flank area.

7. The legs should be straight and sound with short cannons, flat bone, and an appearance of over-all substance with refinement. The forearm should be relatively long in proportion to the cannon. The pasterns should have sufficient length and angulation to provide a light, springy step.

8. The structure of the rear legs is of extreme importance to the selection of a long-lasting equine athlete. Any sign of poor angulation of the hocks, sickle hocks or cow hocks must be considered a severe fault. Lack of proper flexion of the hock is cause for very close examination of the entire structure of the rear legs and should not be tolerated in breeding stock or show ring winners.

9. The feet should be in proportion to the size of the horse, round, open at heel, with concave sole and hoof of dense structure.

10. Viewed from the front, the chest should be well developed. The front legs should be perpendicular to the ground and closely attached to the body.

11. Viewed from the side, the top line represents a gentle curve from the poll to the back, giving the impression of the neck sitting on top of the withers rather than in front of them, continuing to a short, straight back and a relatively level croup rounding into a well muscled thigh. The tail should be attached high and carried well-arched. At maturity the croup should NOT be higher than the withers. The under line should be long and the body deep through the heart girth and flanks. The extreme angulation of the shoulder results in the arm being a little more vertical than in other breeds, placing the front legs slightly farther forward on the body. The front legs should be straight and perpendicular to the ground. The rear cannons should be perpendicular to the ground when points of hocks and buttocks are in the same vertical lines.

12. Viewed from the rear, the croup should be well rounded, thighs and gaskins well-muscled. Legs should be straight. The gaskin should be relatively long in relation to the cannon. The Morgan should portray good spring of rib and well-rounded buttocks. Slab-sided individuals should be faulted.

13. The height ranges from 14.1 to 15.2 hands, with some individuals under or over.

14. Horses must be serviceably sound-i.e. must not show evidence of lameness, broken wind or complete loss of sight in either eye.
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Other distinctive attributes of the Morgan horse are his presence and personality. These include:

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The walk should be rapid, flat-footed, with a four-beat cadence, and elastic, with the accent on flexion in the pastern.

The trot should be a two-beat, diagonal gait, animated, elastic, square, and collected. The rear action should be in balance with the front.
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