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    06-21-2010, 08:15 PM
Ah, right - thanks! I always get the terms mixed up!

Thanks! I do too :p They are just such versatile, good using horses with lovely temperaments. Because we are a relatively new breed (At least compared to the QH) they haven't started breeding for extremes yet - I hope they never do. Of course, there are a lot of ASH out there who have noodle necks and blocky heads, but the majority of them are just really nice horses. It is so hard narrowing down studs - But I have always had a soft spot for Abduls progeny - They are all stamped so strongly you couldn't mistake one and some of the sons progeny is just stunning. I actually think all is sons I know of (About 5 I think) Are ALL black - What a record - And all have the lovely neck and head.

* And a bit of trivia - The first ASH stallion to be exported to Canada, and who is now doing really well in working cow horse events (Also one of my favourites) is another Palmers Fort Abdul son - And lo and behold, he is beautiful and black as well!

This is him, Cadabra:

Wow, I really just took over my own thread, lol!

So, back to Latte... lol...
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    06-21-2010, 08:33 PM
Green Broke
Actually, the big Arab thing is fairly new - 40 years ago, a 15.2hh Arab was a monster! Now they've got them pushing 16hh and over!

The old bloodlines all stood in the mid 14hh range, right around pony height, especially the Egyptian Arabs. The European bloodlines tend to run much bigger, although *Raffles was from Crabbet Stud in England and he was only 13.3hh!

/ end Arab history lesson, LOL

I think she's absolutely adorable. It's hard to judge her exact conformation, but quite frankly, the Arab stamp is so strong it's rare to find blinding conformation faults in them. I think she'd cross beautifully with the studs you posted!
    06-21-2010, 08:40 PM
Green Broke
She has a beautiful head. I love a good clean cut Arab face. For some reason, to me it looks as though her front legs are too wideset. Could be the way she's standing. Do you have any of her straight on? I'm not terrible familiar with Arab conformation as a whole, as I have mostly Paints and Quarters, but those front legs just kept nagging at the back of my mind...
    06-21-2010, 08:44 PM
She does have quite a big chest for a little pony - I'll see if I can find any front on shots for you.

Thanks guys!
    06-21-2010, 08:49 PM
Coming from someone who does a lot of ranch work and a stout horse is a must-have, I much prefer a horse with a nice broad chest and legs set a little wide. That is so much better for their balance and versatility than a horse with both legs coming out the same pants leg LOL.

I hate horses who stand like this sorrel.
    06-21-2010, 08:54 PM
Ok, these are the closest I have to a front on shot:

She is on the right in this one:

    06-21-2010, 08:56 PM
That is bizarre, Smrobs! What a poor, awkard looking animal.

I've always had horses with quite large chests (Bundy's is Huuuuuuge) so I guess I don't even notice now lol.
    06-21-2010, 08:59 PM
I have a picture taken with my family that made me really notice it. My nephew's horse (the sorrel) has legs that come out of his chest really close together and my first thought was "Ew, no wonder he's clumsy" LOL. All the rest of ours have nice wide chests.
    06-21-2010, 09:09 PM
Wow, what a contrast! I don't think i've ever seen such a small chest, how bizarre!
    06-21-2010, 10:25 PM
Just to add to the wide chests and deep heart girth,
It's actually better for their breathing believe it or not. A lot roomier for the lungs!
And I absolutely love that buckskin in the picture you posted!

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