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    01-05-2010, 11:21 AM
Critique this Appaloosa Colt =)

I got this little Appaloosa colt in the beginning of February; he is currently the only horse I have... I don’t have any plans yet for him but I’d like to know what other people think of him, I know he is not particularly well bred or anything nice, but he was cute and there were circumstances that led me to getting him… so I’m keeping him regardless, and honest opinions mean a lot to me! I'd like to know what I'm looking at as far as conformation and stuff...

However, I realize babies are VERY hard to judge. He is 6 months old btw.

He is is by a buckskin Quarter Horse stallion and out of a very spotty Appaloosa mare.
Here is his pedigree; Myspotsundetectable Appaloosa (name pending)

The pictures aren’t that great, but they are what I have at the moment!
Pictures are taken from when I got him till now, so they do go younger to older (but only by a month and/or weeks)

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    01-05-2010, 12:22 PM
Hi is hard to tell with him being so young but he is definitely a cutie and can't think of anything negative he looks in good shape for his age.hes so cute!!
    01-05-2010, 12:34 PM
You must be near me, he is from Gail's farm. My grandmother has a buckskin brother of his. I see a wormy belly, make sure you worm him. He has his daddy's typical funky hocks, but I don't think it's much to worry about, Skeeter has the same hind leg structure. His neck ties in a little low, and it's a little thick. He has a fairly steep shoulder, but not too bad. Over all he sould turn out to be a nice little horse, but I would definitely get him gelded. Also, check his selenium levels, that stud has thrown babies with a selenium deficiency. Skeeter is a bit flighty and skittish, how is your guy?
    01-05-2010, 12:56 PM
Originally Posted by kassierae    
Also, check his selenium levels, that stud has thrown babies with a selenium deficiency. Skeeter is a bit flighty and skittish, how is your guy?
Ok I will look into that. Also, I was told he was/is on a worming schedule... he is still located on that farm.

He will be gelded ASAP!

This little guy is super nice and VERY freindly. When I first saw him he was turned out with his momma and not handled to my knowledge. That day I haltered him, led him around for the first time, brushed him, and picked up and out his feet. He acted like a professional.

You said his neck ties in a little low.. will that give him a higher or lower headset?
    01-05-2010, 01:06 PM
A lower tie in will generally give him a lower head set, as far as I know. She generally doesn't handle her babies, we've had a couple from her. And just because she says don't worm him, do it anyway. Skeeter's belly never went down so my grandmother wormed him and he passed worms within a few hours. Two weeks later and the belly STILL wouldn't go away so she dosed him again, and he passed more, she kept a HUGE strongyle that he passed and has it in a jar. When you bring him home I would just give him a half a tube of Ivermectin, as a precaution. Her horses usually turn out to be decent, and you will definitely have fun with this little guy. Where are you located at? My horses are in Kunkletown.
    01-05-2010, 01:07 PM
I am located near Lehighton... and I sent you a pm
    01-05-2010, 01:53 PM
Definitely needs to be wormed! His neck ties in very low to his chest, almost a nest. Very upright pasterns.

Foals are so cute, though. Have fun with him!
    01-05-2010, 02:05 PM
Originally Posted by fourtwentyam    
Definitely needs to be wormed! His neck ties in very low to his chest, almost a nest. Very upright pasterns.

Foals are so cute, though. Have fun with him!

I agree with the worming thing and we are working on that, like I said I was told he was wormed and on a schedule already ...

Is the neck tieing in low a bad thing? I always thought this was a good thing?

Thanks, and I agree, all foals are adorable...
My goal is to make him the best broke, most well rounded horse he can be!
    01-05-2010, 02:24 PM
The neck will most likely not hinder his movement or performance.
    01-05-2010, 04:16 PM
Now the internet has eaten my post TWICE.

So, long story short because I am NOT typing it out a third time--it will affect his performance. Too much weight is on the front end, and it is too low on his body to overcome easily or naturally. If you try to collect him and keep him slow when you ride him, he will most likely have front leg problems due to the concussion of 60/70% of his body weight being carried on the front end. You MUST ride him FORWARD AND UP FIRST before teaching him to collect or you WILL have a horse on the forehand.

My gelding is conformed with a low, low set neck and travels everywhere on the forehand. After riding him in the manner I described, we now compete at APHA shows, and do very well. Some pictures so you are not discouraged... and know that he CAN do what you want, just with different work:

There you can see his low, heavy neck.

Our Regional Show

And he also jumps. ;)

You have to get creative with these horses and you can NOT treat them like a horse that is naturally balanced. They're not.
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