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post #1 of 10 Old 08-13-2010, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my rescue please?

Monty is a rescued hackney pony I've had for not quite 2 months. Was told he was 3 but based on teeth believe him to only be a 2 year old (still has ALL his baby teeth) He is very greenbroke to ride but I have elected to stay off of him until next spring after finding out he was still so young. He is still underweight an needs a bit of conditioning, though he is gaining all the time (to see what we started with see this thread: Monty's Road to Recovery)

No need to bite your tongue, I'm still learning how to pick out conformation faults and you all having a go at my horses helps me immensely since I see them day in and day out!

Also, any suggestions of a discipline for him when the time comes? I was thinking of bringing in a good hunter pony trainer, but I know hackneys are popular in youth saddleseat. Thoughts?

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-15-2010, 10:14 PM
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What a difference already!
I think he is so pretty! Kida flashy!
Great job!
His face is sooo sweet!
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-15-2010, 10:45 PM
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• Horses: 2 you know how I feel about Monty. Love everything about him. Wish I was 100 pounds lighter so I could ride a hackney again! I looked up other hackney ponies for comparison and your boy looks great! He really has nice conformation for his breed. The upright shoulder was the only thing I would have been concerned about however...its a breed trait that appears on EVERY top notch hackney. I would guess that it helps with the action. Here is a standing stud...he is a AA rated hackney.

Oh and for the future. Heres a hackney hunter!

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-15-2010, 10:48 PM
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WOW! Within two months he looks SOSOSO much better! <3 He's lucky to have someone like you!!

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-15-2010, 11:41 PM
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Hackneys are so pretty & he looks jsut like your typical hackney! He seems a little back in his hind legs, though im not sure if that is just a characteristic of his breed as it is with some...

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post #6 of 10 Old 08-15-2010, 11:57 PM
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A little steep in the croup in the first photo (Though might flatten out with age), camped out as lilruffian mentioned (Latte is the same!) and a little upright in the pasterns. The straight shoulder was pointed out already.

Nothing major, and I do just love him. I'm guessing the straight shoulder and more upright pasterns would be related to the high knee action hackneys have - maybe even the croup as well.

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post #7 of 10 Old 08-16-2010, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much everyone!

I had noticed the steep shoulder and upright pasterns, like you guys said I kind of thought that was breed related. His withers seem a little more prominent than other hackneys I had seen, but I think that might change as he continues to gain weight and muscle (and age, if he is as I suspect only a 2 year old). I think his croup might flatten out a little more with some weight/conditioning as well, right now while he has been gaining weight great he does still have a bit of prominent hips/tailhead and needs some more weight and muscle on his back end. As mentioned I had only ridden him a handful of times because I was concerned about being too heavy for him, especially at his young age. I need to get his ground training to a point where I can put my son on him lol.

I sure appreciate everyone's opinions, and thanks for the compliments! He's certainly still a work in progress, and definitely a fiery little guy. He's lots of fun!

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-16-2010, 12:51 PM
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I love him! He's come so far from when you got him! He would be great as a pony hunter or doing saddleseat. It's great there are people like you to help a young horse find what he's meant to do. His conformation is good. I think that shoulder is characteristic of the breed like you all said. With some muscle he will look great! Keep up the updates!
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-16-2010, 05:04 PM
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Indy, I think his wither only looks bigger because of the lack of topline at the base of his neck. That should fill out with age and work and balance him out a bit.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-23-2010, 02:37 PM
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• Horses: 2 critique from me since I don't know anything about the hackney breed except to say that he looks gorgeous! What a great job you've done bringing him around in such a short time!

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