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        07-30-2008, 11:14 AM
    Critique on me, my horse and his pedigree! (stuff heavy!)

    Hi Guys!

    I need some major critiquing, so let me have it! Here are some pictures of my horse, Snazzy. He's a 6 year old reg. QH and he's about 16.1-16.2.


    (Feel free to critique me and him)

    Now, if you were looking at his pedigree, what would you say he was bred for? If you were looking for a WP horse would you consider him? What about barrel?

    He was used as a pony horse at a race track for the past 2 years, so I know he's a little stiff. They haven't worked him on bending only straight work obviously - hehe. I've owned him since march and since then we've been working on a lot of bending and I know we still have a ways to go!
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        07-30-2008, 11:31 AM
    First off, I'd like to say that you have a very good looking, very well bred horse in your barn. Now down to business. His conformation is not that of a wp horse, his neck comes out of his withers and chest too high. He has a nice gait but it would take a long time and some serious training by a professional to get his head carriage where it should be in order to be a successful pleasure horse. Watch this video of Zips Chocolate Chip. See how deeply his neck ties into his chest and how low his neck comes out of his withers.
    As for his pedigree, he is bred for performance. With ancestors like Go Man Go, Leo, and Doc Bar, I suspect that he would excell at cutting or working cow horse. With his athleticism, he would make a good barrel horse, but that all depends on how fast he runs. Also, you need to work with him and get him more flexible around the barrel and less resistant. That just takes time so don't get discouraged. For wp, I would look for maybe a Zippo Pine Bar horse or one with similar breeding. Look for a horse who has a natural low head carriage for wp because that is much easier to train for the proper look in wp. Also, look for a horse that has very little motion in his knees and hocks. In wp classes, the less the legs move, the better the judges like them. Hope this helps and good luck.
        07-30-2008, 12:32 PM
    Oh, yes I see!
    Snazzy Loves barrel racing, but his dad was a big WP horse, so I wasn't sure because of how big he was if he would of been cut of for it. He loves running too much ;).

    Thanks for the info though - it was very helpful!
        07-30-2008, 01:47 PM
    He COULD be a WP horse, but he'd need a lot of refining. You'd have to pick what you'd like to do most--barrels or WP--because 99% of horses cannot do both (and if they do, they do neither of them well). They condition different muscles and as TOTALLY different things.
    If you do want to do WP though, push him out and ask for more trot and more canter. He can't carry himself at the pace you were asking, and that's why he looked so scrambled. Once he learns to carry himself with impulsion and real collection, THEN you can ask him to go slow.
        07-30-2008, 03:40 PM
    Yeah I don't want to train him for western pleasure, I just wasn't sure because his daddy was a big WP futurity winner.

    Here's his dad:
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        08-02-2008, 10:24 AM
    Anything else? Does he have good confo?

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