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post #1 of 16 Old 08-23-2011, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my AQHA Show horse for sale. Please.

I am selling my 1999 registered AQHA show horse, I was wondering if anyone could give me some critique as to how he moves and his conformation. He is being ridden by the trainer in the video.






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post #2 of 16 Old 08-23-2011, 04:23 PM
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Hmmm, probably just my computer but the video is there!
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He can come live with me any day! I've been searching for a WP horse forever, and this guy tops them all. Great correct conformation with no glaring faults.
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He has alot of hock and knee, which isnt desirable. The jog looks off to me, like every few stride he looks like he is walking for a few steps. The lope he lacks forward motion, he "drags" himself and your trainer seems to know it, perhaps it just looks like sloppy legs but your trainer looks to be spurring him with every stride. Every couple strides at the lope he leaps forward, and he moves better at a faster pace. He has way too much knee to go as slow as some other horses. He looks MUCH better as a HUS horse. His turn-arounds are sloppy, the horse is being lazy and shifting his weight to the outside (hence he is pivoting on the wrong foot), which with the added lack of forward motion he stepped out of the first and last pivot. He has high withers, short back, downhill, big muzzle. He would make a nice novice, open, or a 4h level all arounder.
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He also seems happier when he moves out, his ear pricked and his expression changed.
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post #6 of 16 Old 08-24-2011, 04:12 PM
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he's so cute where is he like state? If he's near us we'd be interested How much are you asking for him?

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He has alot of hock and knee, which isnt desirable. The jog looks off to me, like every few stride he looks like he is walking for a few steps. The lope he lacks forward motion, he "drags" himself and your trainer seems to know it, perhaps it just looks like sloppy legs but your trainer looks to be spurring him with every stride. Every couple strides at the lope he leaps forward, and he moves better at a faster pace. He has way too much knee to go as slow as some other horses. He looks MUCH better as a HUS horse. His turn-arounds are sloppy, the horse is being lazy and shifting his weight to the outside (hence he is pivoting on the wrong foot), which with the added lack of forward motion he stepped out of the first and last pivot. He has high withers, short back, downhill, big muzzle. He would make a nice novice, open, or a 4h level all arounder.
I think you covered everything quite well.


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while he's cute and has fair conformation, I also noticed that he seemed to break stride a lot at the jog, especially from 18 s-30 s. Working almost only with WP horses, I like to think that I have a pretty good idea of what a WP horse should look like, and this gelding doesn't seem to have what it takes to go past 4-H or local shows. A few times near the middle, I couldn't even figure out exactly what gait he was doing! When cantering, a western pleasure mount should have a rolling, powerful look to it, no matter how slow he or she is going- using their hindquarters deeply under themselves to push forewards. What your guy is doing is propelling himself with his forelegs, and pulling the back two behind him.

His backing up isn't terrible...but I"d like to see him go further, and with his head tucked a bit more.

He doesn't look like a bad horse, just not an ideal WP horse. His trot was lovely and he has good headset, he's just not what I'd look for in a show horse.

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post #9 of 16 Old 08-24-2011, 04:38 PM
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I agree with endiku, but he'd be a great horse for someone who just wants to do ride maybe do 1 show a year not rated or something I think he's really cute.

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How tall is he?

He is cute and I think he would be a nice project for someone looking to put some work into ana lready semi-broke quite looking horse. To me he looks much more like a nice 'cow' pony than a WP horse... size depending.


However... To me this is a classic case of training for a slow horse and not for an athletic collected western horse. But that JMO.
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