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post #1 of 8 Old 09-11-2009, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Confo Critique for All-around PaintXTB! Please share!

Ok, I've got a Paint X TB that I'm going to be training for all-'round next 4H year. We'll be doing English and WEstern Eq, Hunter jumping (small stuff) gaming, dressage...everything.
I'm pretty sure I know his faults, but what do you say?

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-12-2009, 03:38 AM
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Beautiful horse, love the dapples.. have fun keeping that clean for the showring

Really cute face and athletic looking to boot! Bit of a knife withers that could make a saddle hard to fit, but that's a typical thoroughbred thing, my horse has it too. It may also be less prominent with muscle gain. At least my saddle never slides too far forwards
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I did know about the withers - that's the first thing my mom noticed when she first saw him! The dip in his neck goes away when he arches his neck and lowers his head, so that will most likely go away with work.
He has a VERY high energy level - he's gonna make a good gamer & jumper, I think!
Some other things I noticed - short pasterns (not a default, just different from a purebred TB gelding!) and slight sickle-hocks...maybe?
Yeah, his tail is actually WHITE in these pictures - normally brown!!

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Anyone else have comments? please!

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-12-2009, 12:27 PM
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other than the ewe neck and goose rump (obviously typical thoroghbred traits) i think he's lovely (not that they make him any less lovely lol) =]
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-13-2009, 02:32 PM
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I love how long his neck is and how high it ties into his chest! I know the slight ewe neck is a fault, but I had a great show horse in highschool who had one and it never made a difference! I think he's lovely overall, but I think his weakest area is his hind end. There is little slope in the croup and a high tail set.
I think he's a nice all 'round prospect - have fun!!

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post #7 of 8 Old 09-13-2009, 07:34 PM
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He's a lovely looking boy, certainly a good buy!!
Other than what everyone else has said, his back looks a bit weak so you'll need to do lots of long and low work to try and get the strength in it- definately not a horse you want to have plodding along on the forehand you're goig to want to build that back up as it's very straight and quite long. You might find it a little difficult to get collection on him because of this, but they're all different. The fact that he's slightly sickle hocked may actually help this!!
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-15-2009, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Actually, his owner bought him two years ago!! I wasn't experienced enough when we first met this lady (she had had him for a year already), so I started out with the swaybacked old QH. Then, I rode him a little, but he proved to be too much for me - then. Now, we get along fine. So, I used Sam for a year and a half when he was fit enough - that was when I learned the most.

He actually has been sick for the last couple days - yesterday morning his owner called while I was doing my schoolwork (I'm homeschooled) and said he was down and acting not-so-hot. I went over as soon as I was done and he was up and moving, but he still was a little slow and not his energetic self. The vet came and took his pulse and temp., his heart rate was 12 (should have been 36) and his temp was 96 (should have been closer to 100). His gums were pale, too.
The vet took some blood samples and tested them, and said he was anemic (low iron, I think).
I know that the way he was acting was NOT normal, usually he's so spunky and jittery, I can barely avoid being stepped on! He hasn't been wormed for 5 MONTHS (yeah, I know, not good), so I was wondering...could parasites be causing this? I'm praying that the vet will know what to do, because I see so much potential in this horse...Please pray that this issue will resolve soon enough for us to keep riding...on and into the sunset.......

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