Critique my boy, please! - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 Old 11-14-2008, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Posts: 2,470
• Horses: 8
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...

Quote:

Quote:

Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)
Britt is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 Old 11-14-2008, 12:54 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2,716
• Horses: 1
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 gonna grow into a fine horse. Just don't push him with the riding.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
Solon is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 11-14-2008, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Posts: 2,470
• Horses: 8
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.

Thanks!


Anyone else?

Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)
Britt is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 11-14-2008, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Posts: 2,470
• Horses: 8
Bumping for the night crowd.

Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)
Britt is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 11-14-2008, 09:49 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,824
• Horses: 2
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
free_sprtd is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 11-14-2008, 09:49 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,824
• Horses: 2
oh is he a little toed out in the front? kinda looks like it, but not sure.
free_sprtd is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 11-14-2008, 10:01 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 197
• Horses: 3
O___O
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!

Got spurs?
Mira is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 11-14-2008, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Posts: 2,470
• Horses: 8
Quote:
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.



Thanks!

Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)
Britt is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 11-16-2008, 07:13 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Holland
Posts: 30
• Horses: 2
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.
Nadia is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 11-16-2008, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Posts: 2,470
• Horses: 8
Quote:
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.

Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)
Britt is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome