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    11-14-2008, 12:18 AM
Critique my boy, please!

It's been a while since I was last on here... Last time yall critiqued my colt, he had ust turned two years old (I think) and looked really scruffy... Now he's about two and a half, and he's changed a LOT... So I'd like another critique on him.

His name is Dakota. He's two and a half years old and is a grade Tennessee Walking Horse gelding. He stands 15 hands now and will probably grow at least another two inches. I've been on him a handful of times (he's off for the winter unless my best friend gets a round pen... if she does, then I'll be working him in it a lot this winter as I don't have a round pen). He knows his basics (walk, trot, canter, stop, backup) and has never tried to buck. When he spooks, he calms down quickly. He's perfect with cars and some dogs and his 'herdmates'... but he tries to protect the mares if we go out with a strange horse (we've only gone out with strange horses twice). He's very steady minded, feels very sturdy, and is a smooth ride. He will be a trail horse like my mare.

Oh, just a side-note... my cousin (the girl who is holding him) is 5"2 and can hardly see over his back. Also, I'm sorry some of the pictures are so dark... the sun wasn't cooperating, no matter where I took pictures... These were the best that came out.

One other thing... Here's a 'BEFORE' picture so you can see just how much he's changed from the last critique I asked on him...


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    11-14-2008, 12:54 PM
Green Broke
I hope your'e not planning on riding him too much - he just turned two.

He's butt high right now. Something seems odd about his hind quarters/back legs but not sure what exactly. He's got a nice look, he's going to grow into a fine horse. Just don't push him with the riding.
    11-14-2008, 05:48 PM
I'm not planning on riding him too much until he's three and a half or four. I just want to get the basics done so he knows them. When I said I would work him in a round pen if my friend gets one, I meant I'd work him lunging and voice commands and a little more desensitizing (not that he needs it), not under saddle.


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    11-14-2008, 09:10 PM
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    11-14-2008, 09:49 PM
Green Broke
He reminds me of my gelding who's 2 1/2......butt high and maybe it's lack of hind muscle??? Maybe that's why solon thought it looked different? I think he's very pretty! But still young, so hard to critique
    11-14-2008, 09:49 PM
Green Broke
Oh is he a little toed out in the front? Kinda looks like it, but not sure.
    11-14-2008, 10:01 PM
I looked at the third picture (first one that loaded for me, my computer is slow) and HOLY WHOA. I was like "o.o is that Gizmo?" So I like really looked at it and realized it wasn't him but wow your horse reminds me of mine. XD Gizmo is starting to get all fuzzy now so his coat is that color (it changes a lot) and in that third pic he and your horse could be like twins. (well gizmo's mane is shorter but other than that...)
Sorry if I was a bit random. XD I was just so like.. shocked lmao Cute horse!
    11-14-2008, 10:11 PM
oh is he a little toed out in the front? Kinda looks like it, but not sure.
Um... I've never noticed if he was toed out in front or not, and my farrier has never mentioned it, and he mentions anything, no matter how small or large, to me because I occassionally trim my own horses... so I wouldn't think so... I may have taken the picture at a slight angle though...

Lol. That's really cool that he looks like your horse, Mira.

    11-16-2008, 07:13 AM
Honestly, you shouldn't be riding a 2 year old. They get worn out earlier. (earlier death). It's not good for it's back either.
    11-16-2008, 11:02 AM
Honestly, you shouldn't be riding a 2 year old. They get worn out earlier. (earlier death). It's not good for it's back either.
Thanks for your opinion. I know it's not good to ride a two year old a lot, which is why I'm not riding him a lot. I ride him maybe once a month (if that) and am doing it just to make sure he knows his basic walk/trot/stop/backup (I'll add canter too, but I haven't taught him that, it was an accident that we cantered).

Myfarrier keeps telling me how I should have my boy doing hard stops from a canter and spinning... and everyone out here is pressuring me to work with more things with Dakota, but I'm going his speed. He's getting winter off until about March (the month he was born), so his work will begin again when he's three years old.

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