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    11-16-2008, 10:05 PM
Talking Critique Diesel Please

Hopefully these photos work okay. They may be a little dark and I couldn't really get him to stand square, everytime I moved away to take the picture, he would move I guess we should probably work on that. If you have anything to say about his bloodlines, that would be great too.

For some reason I couldnt get the photos on here:
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Poco Tri Jet "Diesel"
Poco Tri Jet Quarter Horse
1998 AQHA Gelding
1D/2D barrel horse
Placed 4th in a 25 mile trail ride a few years ago.
I want to do AQHA shows with him. I want to try just about every event I can. Mostly just for fun.

So how is he conformationaly?
What do you think he would be suited towards?
Does he look overweight to you? He doesn't really to me, but the BO said he may be headed towards the tubby side...
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    11-16-2008, 10:30 PM
They arent really the best pics for critiquing. Have a read of the sticky at the top of the critique section and it explains there the shots we need to properly critique

Having said that there are a couple of things I noticed. He seems to be a little short in the neck with a slightly thick throat latch.

He looks very bum high too. I know qh's have slightly longer back legs he just looks very bum high to me. Qh people might be able to tell better though

Nice shoulder. But from his shoulder forward he seems to lack muscle. He is also lacking topline. A lot of trot work, on the bit work, trotting uphills etc is all good for building muscle and topline. On the bit work is also good for neck/crest muscles

He does seem a bit chubby but with muscle building exercise he should come up a treat. I certainly wouldnt be feeding him anything more than he's getting now that's for sure :)
    11-16-2008, 10:42 PM
Yeah. I know what a conformation photo SHOULD look like, I just have a hard time getting him like that...>_<.
We have been working on the exercises you mentioned, hopefully there will be some improvement. Does a short neck hinder performance in any way?
    11-16-2008, 11:02 PM
Depends on what you are going to be doing with him. If you are going to do sporting/barrels type stuff it shouldnt be a problem. It would be more of a problem if you were doing dressage or hacking or something else particularly having a thicker throat latch as well.
    11-17-2008, 12:14 AM
Well I was thinking about doing some lower level dressage with him just for fun.
    11-17-2008, 02:17 AM
A short neck doesn't help a great topline... He's a stocky guy! He could drop a few pounds (for me) and he would look more balanced on his underside. He does also have a thick throatlatch, so classes that are judged on conformation (mainly) might not suit him best.

He's a cute guy! I rode a horse named Diesel once...
    11-17-2008, 12:10 PM
We have done 2 halter classes when he was in shape for our LDR, and actually placed 2nd and 3rd out of 14 and 12 respectively, but I wasn't really sure how to judge him myself. Right now he is getting about 2 flakes of mixed hay and two scoops of grain (Nutrena Maintenance). We have been riding for about an hour/hour and a half 5 days a week so maybe I will talk to the BO about cutting him down a bit.

I don't really understand the term thick throat latch...Is that because of his weight or is it just how he is built?

Do you guys think he would be okay for just local shows and some AQHA shows? I was thinking about taking him to some dressage schooling shows and maybe doing some jumper stuff. Mainly I want to do classes judged on equitation anyway. Would he just not look pretty doing it?
    11-17-2008, 12:34 PM
I just had to say that he does have some good bloodlines! I love the Doc Olena Jet Deck lines, a little far back but still nice to see them there!
    11-17-2008, 12:35 PM
Thanks, FehrGroundRanch!
    11-17-2008, 12:37 PM
Edit: As far as mentioning the halter classes we did, they were mainly just for fun in 4H and that kind of thing. I don't really want to get into halter or anything like that with him. What else would be judged on conformation?

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