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post #1 of 9 Old 02-11-2008, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Flynn

Please take a second to tell me what you think of my boy's conformation. He's a registered AQHA and he's 5 years old.
His lines are good, so I've been told: Zippo Pat Bars
I'm not very familiar with qh conformation so any critique would be appreciated!
He's lost a bit of weight and built up a bit more muscle since I've had him, the picture was taken the day I bought him.

Thanks so much. :)

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-11-2008, 04:46 PM
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i'm not good at confirmation, but i love his coloring!
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post #3 of 9 Old 02-11-2008, 05:20 PM
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First off I will tell you the things I like. I'm rather particular in what I like to she is my Quarter Horses (I breed them)

I think he has a great slop to his hip. His pasterns look great. He looks very equal in the hip and shoulder. Nice small throat latch, looks like he will be able to collect very nicely. His top line is rather good and he has a nice small snout.

I'm not sure if it's the way you took the pictures but it almost looks like he is toed out (front and rear) the hip, hawk and fetlok shouls form a straight line to the ground and his doesn't (could be the way he is standing, seems worse in the second picture) His ears look a bit big and his shoulder is a bit to straight, which would cause him to be a bit choppy.

Overall I think he is a rather nice horse. He looks like he could run. And if comes from the Zippo lines that is not surprising. It's a very nice line, in my opinion.
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post #4 of 9 Old 02-11-2008, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Appylover: Thanks, he looks just like his mum! My coach thinks he will lighten with age, but keep his dark legs! :( I'm hoping, but I do love dapples.

FehrGroundRanch: Thanks so much, very informative. He does toe in with his right front hoof, but it straightened out quite a bit with a good trimming, but I think it is mostly due to conformation. And I didn't notice the odd angle of his hind legs until you mentioned it. I think that may just be the way he's standing.
Another thing I noticed was that he had a narrowish neck, is that frowned upon in qhs?
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-11-2008, 09:57 PM
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It's a matter of personal opinion.

I would rather have a narrow neck.

Collect him, round him out and he look look amazing with that hadsome neck.
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post #6 of 9 Old 02-12-2008, 10:19 PM
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Stocky, but hey he is a QH.
He does have a fairly small head, but not so much so that it looks... bad. Overall very nice. =)
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-13-2008, 08:01 AM
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Withers are very, very high for a Quarter. Also I would say work him more regularly, get muscling on him and you have yourself a pretty looking horse.

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post #8 of 9 Old 02-13-2008, 10:36 AM
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Wow...he looks just like a bay paint mare I had when I was a kid; their body types are identical

We used to call her The Mule because she had those loooong ears and she was level-headed but could be very lazy and stubborn. She took great care of my brothers and I...she kept us from doing some really stupid things

Anyway, from a conformation standpoint, I like his body, could have a touch better neck/shoulder connection (he could have a better shoulder, but its not terrible), cute head (and I love his ears! They make me so nostalgic!).

His legs, I'm not such a big fan of: they look quite short for his body size. Also, he looks pretty straight behind...not quite post legged, but still very straight. He could toe out, but I won't venture to say yes or no just based on these pictures, its easier to see when they are moving. Bone, he's got in spades: very sturdy looking legs.
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-13-2008, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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haha, Sara his nickname is Mule too! He has HUGE ears. But I love them!

Harlee: Pictures are taken the day I bought him and since then he's lost a few pounds and built up some nice muscle ( It's been about 4 months) We're still working on him :)

Thanks everyone, you've been very helpful.
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