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post #1 of 10 Old 10-18-2009, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Critique for Halter Classes

Could someone please critique Spirit? He's a 6 year old Tennessee Walking Horse. I'm thinking about showing him in halter next show season (nothing fancy). Obviously I have a lot more to learn before I start doing that. Anyone have any tips? In halter classes, do they care if the horses have uneven markings, or are they more worried about the overall conformation of the horse? Tell me if you need more pictures. Thanks!

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-18-2009, 03:34 PM
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They should focus only on the conformation of a horse unless otherwise specified in the name of the class, (for example some shows will have 100% color classes for paints and pintos). as for your horse, he will be judged first against all the other horses in the class and against the other horses of the same breed if there are some in that class.
You probably already knew that though.

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post #3 of 10 Old 10-18-2009, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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No acctually I didn't . Thank you very much!
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-18-2009, 03:42 PM
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I don't see any major flaws in your horse's conformation, nothing that just pops out. Could you get a front and back view of him too? You'd have to ask for some other people to get into more conformational details, but he looks pretty good as far as I can tell.

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I don't have any good ones right now, but I can get some by tomorrow.
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-18-2009, 05:08 PM
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he could do with a little more muscle on his bum but other than that he looks great, go for it
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He's a bit down hill and strong in front but "weaker" behind...meaning his fore quarters are nice and big but his hind quarters are rather spindly in preportion. But I do not know TWH conformation so this may be typical of them?

His back is a little on the short side too, but not bad (I actually prefer horses with backs that are slightly on the short side!).

All in all though, I think he is a lovely horse! He has a nice head and expression and pretty colour and markings.
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-19-2009, 12:41 PM
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Gaited horses have a typically 'smallish' hip and croup area, in proportion to the rest of their body.

Spirit is a pretty nice boy over all, imo. A little heavy in the neck and throatlatch, but other than that, I like him

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-19-2009, 06:25 PM
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another example of typical twh conformation,"Conformation

Tennessee Walking Horses generally range from 14.3 to 17 hands and weigh 900 to 1200 pounds.
The modern Tennessee Walking Horse possesses a definitive head with small, well placed ears.
The horse has a long sloping shoulder, a long sloping hip, a fairly short back and short, strong coupling.
The bottom line is longer than the top line, allowing for a long stride." (from the assoc site), you should be concerned more with developing his musculature and his mane and tail if you are doing halter and i cannot even begin to stress the importance of flawless ground manners, you might want to go to the assoc site to check out rules and what is expected in the classes Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association

GOOD LUCK!!! he looks great btw very lovely animal!

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-20-2009, 10:38 AM
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He's very cute. I personally don't know much about TWH, but the person I know show them for years. She has "paint type" TWH too. And as far as I know the judges don't care that much about the markings. IMO those extra spots makes him even more cute. :)
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