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post #1 of 12 Old 04-16-2008, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my 2 year old

My boy turned 2 years old the 23rd of March! Please critique him for me. I want to know ALL his faults and if there is any way to fix them, please let me know! Rip him apart and be as harsh as you like. I know he's got faults and all, but he's perfect in my eyes. I konw that the pictures are kinda dark... sorry, they're the best that I have. My camera was being a butt.

Dakota Bay
2 years old
Tennessee Walking Horse
Currently 14.3 hands
Unregistered

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-16-2008, 09:22 PM
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I love that little guy. For a 2 year old he's got very correct conformation. I love the size of his joints. Is he a purebred?
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-16-2008, 09:22 PM
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Downhill, upright shoulder, lowset neck and not particularly muscular. Plainish head. Working correctly back to front will help with the neck and gaining muscle. He's cute, and looks like a kind guy.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-16-2008, 09:30 PM
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I try to point out things I like and thinks I don't, I hate it when people critique a horse and say nothing but bad stuff and then say "but he's cute!" at the end. (EDIT TO ADD: nothing at anyone above, I started typing this before you guys posted, sorry!)

He looks splay footed and knock-kneed in the front and may be cow hocked and sickle-hocked but may not be. One picture looks like it and another does not.

He has a very upright shoulder. His neck ties in very well into his chest, it doesn't tie in too deep or low, and gives his neck a nice thickness (IMO). His pasterns are a very comfortable length and angle perfectly with the slope of his hoof.

He looks goose-rumped with his high-set tail and short croup and his quarters tie in rather high in comparison with his gaskin.

Overall, he looks like a baby that needs to finish growing, some things he will grow out of and some will progress with age and some things will be hidden as he grows.
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I love that little guy. For a 2 year old he's got very correct conformation. I love the size of his joints. Is he a purebred?
His joints? How come you like the size of them, if you don't mind me asking... I've always worried about the size of them... they're so huge! Oh, yes, he's purebred, but he's not registered as his dam isn't registered... if he gaits, then I may register him, but I really don't see a reason too unless I'm going to sell him, which I'm not.

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Downhill, upright shoulder, lowset neck and not particularly muscular. Plainish head. Working correctly back to front will help with the neck and gaining muscle. He's cute, and looks like a kind guy.
Thanks! I've not really started training him yet, so he doesn't have much muscle at all, I know... He is a sweet horse though, and he think's he's a dog... Lol. But I adore him, and he's got a home with me for life.

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I try to point out things I like and thinks I don't, I hate it when people critique a horse and say nothing but bad stuff and then say "but he's cute!" at the end. (EDIT TO ADD: nothing at anyone above, I started typing this before you guys posted, sorry!)

He looks splay footed and knock-kneed in the front and may be cow hocked and sickle-hocked but may not be. One picture looks like it and another does not.

He has a very upright shoulder. His neck ties in very well into his chest, it doesn't tie in too deep or low, and gives his neck a nice thickness (IMO). His pasterns are a very comfortable length and angle perfectly with the slope of his hoof.

He looks goose-rumped with his high-set tail and short croup and his quarters tie in rather high in comparison with his gaskin.

Overall, he looks like a baby that needs to finish growing, some things he will grow out of and some will progress with age and some things will be hidden as he grows.
Thanks for the critique! My farrier is working on correcting his hooves. One of the farriers I used when he was born and through his first year really messed his hooves up. He messed my mare's hooves up too... I'm glad I switched to another. His dam has an upright shoulder too, but she's a smooth ride, and I'm hoping that he will be too.

I'm waiting for him to grow a little more before I start actually training training him... he's spoilt rotten and knows that he's my baby boy. Lol. I wouldn't trade him for the world, either.

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Sorry if I was a little blunt, I try to type before I forget what I'm seeing. It seems like the moment I can't see the pic I forget the flaws or the strengths. :P What are you planning to do with the little guy?
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Sorry if I was a little blunt, I try to type before I forget what I'm seeing. It seems like the moment I can't see the pic I forget the flaws or the strengths. What are you planning to do with the little guy?
It's ok, I like to know what others think of my horses. Lol. I'm absolutely horrid at critiquing my horses... heck, I'm horrid at critiquing period. Lol.

My mare (Dakota's dam) is just a back country pasture nag... we trail ride on all the trails and along the sides of the roads out here... I'm probably going to end up doing that with Dakota... I'm not interesting in showing and he's not show quality... Hopefully, I'll get a horse in a few years that I can show, but I'm perfectly happy just trail riding like I do. If Dakota has any of his dam's trail sense, he'll make an exception trail horse. My mare loves trails, and I'm hoping that he will too.

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I can never see the flaws in my horse until someone points them out. My horse is pigeon toed, quite bad actually and I didn't even notice until I was told. He paddles when he moves and I didn't see that either until my mom showed me a video, that is from being pigeon toed though.
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I can never see the flaws in my horse until someone points them out. My horse is pigeon toed, quite bad actually and I didn't even notice until I was told. He paddles when he moves and I didn't see that either until my mom showed me a video, that is from being pigeon toed though.
Lol. A few years ago, I coulddn't see the flaws in my horses... I've studied a lot in the past few years, but I still don't know all the terms for everything... Lol.

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