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    10-04-2009, 02:02 PM
  #1
Weanling
critique my quarterhorse?

Heres cutter, my 13(+/-) year old quarterhorse. In these pics he was deturmined to eat grass so don't mind the struggling to keep his head up haha. What do you think?








     
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    10-04-2009, 02:06 PM
  #2
Banned
He toes out in the front two hooves, A very short neck.

I don't know much about confo but I need to find my confo book because I can see somthing else maybe with his legs but I can't put my foot on it.
     
    10-04-2009, 02:17 PM
  #3
Foal
Well the 2nd pic you can somewhat critque on, but he looks nice. He looks like he needs muscle tone in the back for a AQH, but he's neck looks short and I can't tell if he has a dip in his crest? Someone can tell me if I'm wrong, I still learning
     
    10-04-2009, 02:38 PM
  #4
Weanling
He was gelded when he was about 8 and I think that's the reason he has a really big chest, its hard to get his hind even with his big front end. Any tips?
     
    10-04-2009, 03:20 PM
  #5
Weanling
The main faults I can really see, are that he is thick through the throatlatch, he is roman-nosed, his topline is weak and he looks a bit cowhocked.
     
    10-04-2009, 05:24 PM
  #6
Showing
Was he gelded late? He has a really thick neck....nothing compared to Sundance's neck, though lol! Ok, here's my critique:


*I can't really tell how his head joins his crest without a pic with his head up...
*He has small-ish haunches
*the distance from the front of the stifle to the point of the hock is longer than from the hock to the ground
*high stifle, but a little too far back (good with groundwork, but will have no extra extention if doing jumping)
*nice square butt
*hock is even with the chestnut on the front leg, which is very good. A horse with too-low hock can't move his hind foot forward as efficiently and has a shorter stride. This reduces a horse's ability to travel with maximum leverage and power. A horse with a too-low hock has less thrust from the hind leg and therefore less speed...so you want a nice alignment from the chestnut to the hock.
*Good pronounced topline; not too round
*looks as if his downhill balance is desirable (common to sprinters)



Overall, he looks great :)
     
    10-04-2009, 05:27 PM
  #7
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by EventersBabe    
He toes out in the front two hooves, A very short neck.

I don't know much about confo but I need to find my confo book because I can see somthing else maybe with his legs but I can't put my foot on it.
There's a really good confo book preview online here:

The horse conformation handbook - Google Books

I think it's like $20 in stores, but that shows you a preview.
     
    10-04-2009, 05:28 PM
  #8
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by xEquestrianx    
The main faults I can really see, are that he is thick through the throatlatch, he is roman-nosed, his topline is weak and he looks a bit cowhocked.
I thought the same
     
    10-04-2009, 09:39 PM
  #9
Weanling
Equiniphile--thanks for the very detailed critique, and yes, he was gelded around age 8.
I don't know a whole lot about confo, but whats wrong with a roman nose?
     
    10-05-2009, 10:21 AM
  #10
Weanling
IMO there is nothing wrong with a roman nose, just some people do not like the looks of it. There has been talk (not sure if it's true) that horses with roman noses can breath easier. Again not sure if that's true or not...something I heard a while back.
I personally like the look of roman noses on horses, especially on QHs or Paints (geldings or stallions only though...not on mares :) )
     

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