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    06-26-2011, 10:20 PM
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Foal
Here's our girl, Ginger...what do you think?

I have an untrained eye for horses but appreciate honesty. This is my daughter's horse (she's a beginner) and she thinks some day that she might like to try barrels with her. Ginger was started on barrels before we bought her and has turned out to be a real gem (in our eyes at least) What do you think about her conformation...just curious. She has a few "battle scars" from her recent move.
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Many thanks for your input (good or bad)!
~Cathy
     
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    06-26-2011, 10:33 PM
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Trained
What I see is a horse that's slightly bum-high (common in QH's... you didn't say her breeding?) and perhaps a tad straight through the stifle, but that has a lovely deep chest, nice sized behind with a slight goose rump (good for hindquarter power - goose rumped horses make great jumpers because they have the power to get themselves off the ground. I don't know about barrel horses because I ride English.)

I like the length of her neck, it could have a little more arch to it but that's being nitpicky. Her head's a good size for her body, not big, not small, just right. And her legs look straight and strong, but she's standing awkwardly, so it's hard for me to judge. She might be a little bit toed-out though?

Overall, nice horse, and if she has the temperament for your daughter, that's all that matters. She is built quite downhill which would make english style riding very challenging for her but QH types are bred more for the western disciplines so as long as she's using her hindquarter she'll be fine. She looks like a lovely horse with a kind eye and that's the main thing for a beginner rider.
     
    06-26-2011, 10:53 PM
  #3
Foal
Thanks Blue! After looking at the pics I noticed the high bum and out turned toes too. I'm certainly not an expert tho My daughter suffered a fall last summer fracturing her ankle and couldn't quite get past it while working with her in a field with no controlled environment next door to us. We recently moved Ginger and these pics were taken today. It was so wonderful to see her ride again. We'll just see how things go at this point. Sure is interesting to see what you experts think of her tho. Thank you.
     
    06-26-2011, 11:26 PM
  #4
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I , too, like her overall conformation quite a lot. She does have a good hind to back to neck ratio and very nice sloping shoulders and degth of chest.
Her hip angle is pretty steep , as was said which is typical of QH, and her stifle is overly straight. That is the thing that is most prominant as a "fault", but it is not a huge deal. Her front canons are not as short as some really good bulldoggin' Qhs are . She has nice free elbows (not tucked tightly into the barrel) . I agree that she is downhill but not as bad as I've seen. I would not discount her in English at all. She might be really fun in dressage. Certainly Gorgeous in all black tack!
     
    06-26-2011, 11:34 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I , too, like her overall conformation quite a lot. She does have a good hind to back to neck ratio and very nice sloping shoulders and degth of chest.
Her hip angle is pretty steep , as was said which is typical of QH, and her stifle is overly straight. That is the thing that is most prominant as a "fault", but it is not a huge deal. Her front canons are not as short as some really good bulldoggin' Qhs are . She has nice free elbows (not tucked tightly into the barrel) . I agree that she is downhill but not as bad as I've seen. I would not discount her in English at all. She might be really fun in dressage. Certainly Gorgeous in all black tack!
Thanks tiny! I think she's a pretty mover....BUT that's just what I see with my untrained eyes. If the video of my daughter riding today ever gets done uploading I'll share it here. It isn't perfect by any stretch but the kid got back on the horse finally. That's all I care about LOL.
     
    06-26-2011, 11:48 PM
  #6
Trained
I'm no expert! I do like her though, I think she looks like a beautiful, fun horse. She won't be a high-level horse in any English discipline simply because of her conformation but for the lower levels she certainly looks like she would be a lot of fun and could well be very successful. She could make a higher-level Western horse, but I really don't know enough about Western disciplines to comment. I think she's a lovely horse with a very QH look about her, and if she is QH, that's what you want - a horse true to the breed's type. I love them, by the way - I just have big dreams for English disciplines.

Oh, also, I have a thing for duns, so even just her colour would be enough to make her one of my fav HF horses! (I have a buckskin, very similar in colour but without any of the dun factor markings - dorsal stripe, zebra barring on the legs)

Edit; the only thing to be aware of with those straight stifles is that she MIGHT have some issues with them locking - straight stifles make horses much more prone to such problems - but as she is a mature horse, if she doesn't already have stifle lock, she probably won't develop it.
     
    06-27-2011, 12:19 AM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
I'm no expert! I do like her though, I think she looks like a beautiful, fun horse. She won't be a high-level horse in any English discipline simply because of her conformation but for the lower levels she certainly looks like she would be a lot of fun and could well be very successful. She could make a higher-level Western horse, but I really don't know enough about Western disciplines to comment. I think she's a lovely horse with a very QH look about her, and if she is QH, that's what you want - a horse true to the breed's type. I love them, by the way - I just have big dreams for English disciplines.

Oh, also, I have a thing for duns, so even just her colour would be enough to make her one of my fav HF horses! (I have a buckskin, very similar in colour but without any of the dun factor markings - dorsal stripe, zebra barring on the legs)

Edit; the only thing to be aware of with those straight stifles is that she MIGHT have some issues with them locking - straight stifles make horses much more prone to such problems - but as she is a mature horse, if she doesn't already have stifle lock, she probably won't develop it.
I really appreciate your comments, blue! She's a registered solid paint and has QH in her pedigree so you nailed her. Her pedigree isn't remarkable either, however, we love her to death. She has great focus while being worked with and has a great connection with my daughter. What more can we ask for at this point? We'll be pursuing western discipline or some trail riding. Whatever "trips their trigger" I say LOL. I just want "peace and flowers "
     
    06-27-2011, 08:49 AM
  #8
Trained
She's a lovely horse no matter her pedigree. My foal is of basically unknown breeding, I would in fact choose unknown breeding over phenomenal pedigree unless I intended to breed my horse. As long as she is what you want her to be, it doesn't matter what her breeding is like. You say she has focus when she's working - that may well make her a brilliant trail horse, as she will be able to concentrate on her rider in scary situations. A more distractable type (like my anglo arab) can be hard to handle, especially if there's something scary about.
     

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