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post #1 of 9 Old 01-07-2010, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hunter prospect

I haven't been on here in a while, but wanted a critique of my 3yo AQHA filly. She is 16+hands, had about 3months of riding off and on since August. I will show here a couple of times in hunter under saddle this year, getting her broke before trying her as an over fences horse. I was wanting a critique of her mainly as a Working Hunter/Eq prospect, but feel free to critique her on the flat (very green broke, haven't touched the canter except for just learning how to canter - no attemps at driving up into the bit yet). Please don't worry about critiquing me - I have a new trainer that is adjusting stuff, and I know I'm all over the place. Thanks in advance!!

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-07-2010, 06:36 PM
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No real critique of the horse. I'm not great with conformation anyway. She's very pretty. I like her movement and she seems like she's definitely well-started. However, I did notice that she looks extremely pissed off almost the entire time you're riding her. I might be a little concerned about that.
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-09-2010, 02:08 PM
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i'm typicaly not a fan of quarter horses but she looks very nice. :)

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post #4 of 9 Old 01-10-2010, 12:41 AM
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What a lovely mare! She looks like a superstar for only having 3 months or so of riding on her! I don't think she looks pissed off the entire time. For most of the videos she has a pleasant expression. She does get a little fussy here and there and upset a few times, like when you're transitioning. But I think that comes from being green broke. As she understand what you want a little better I think she'll be just fine.

She has a very nice hack winning canter. Her trot is nice... but not as nice her canter.

was it just the angle of the camera/horse or does she paddle with her front right?
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-10-2010, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys - she has a very pleasant attitude to work with. Yeah, her ears are back, but she's listening. They aren't pinned.

Upnover - yes, she does paddle up front. Which is weird cause she is pretty straight up front, but oh well, doesn't bother me too much. And I agree on the canter - that is the gait that won me over. It has a ton of power from behind that feels like it will get you down the line easily. She has been incredibly (sp?) easy to work with. I bought her the end of August with only 5 rides on her (would just go around the round pen at walk and trot with somebody "lunging" her from the center), gave her a month plus off in October into November.

Keep any comments coming - I have a hard time judging my own horses.
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Are you talking about showing her in QH breed shows in the Hunter divisions or USEF hunter shows? They can be quite different.

I am curious about your mentioning Working Hunter/Eq prospect. In USEF competition, those are very different specialities, and it takes a lot of time and mileage to make an Eq horse or a Regular working horse. Also, it's fairly rare to see a QH showing Regular Working Hunter in USEF - fairly common to see them as Junior or Ammy Owner horses, or in the equitation divisions.

I don't know enough about what they look for in the AQHA hunter divisions to really evaluate her for that.

All that aside, she is quite lovely, and a good looking prospect. Nice mover and nice attitude. As she's only 3, I hope her wither will catch up with her hind end. At this time she's a little butt high, but lots of 3 year olds are.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-11-2010, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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I'll mainly be doing AQHA with a few USEF shows thrown in (that is what my trainer mainly competes in, with a few of us QH people thrown in). In AQHA, most horses compete in both the Eq and Working hunter divisions. They may excel at one, but are expected to do both. Thanks for your compliments.
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-11-2010, 08:49 PM
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I'm not a QH person, but she looks very nice. I like her canter, and I recently learned that a trot can be improved up to 80%, so she should come along nicely as she progresses in her training. She's very pretty.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-11-2010, 10:22 PM
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I can't critique for showing, but I can say that I think she's beautiful. I love her movement both in the trot and canter. She looks very soft.

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