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    11-04-2011, 10:51 PM
Jayne, aka Sonitas Peppy Lena

I have not been a quarter horse person before, most of the horses that set my heart aflutter have been arabians, but I'm falling in love with Jayne's easy going attitude and eagerness to work. I heard (recently) that there are distinctly different lines of QH, which is not really a surprise, but I know nothing about them. What do you think this guy was bred to do? (If anything) What might he be good at? Apparently he's 'cowy' too, though I wouldn't even begin to know what to do with that. He's coming 7 this January and has spent the past couple of years just doing trail rides a few times a week.

In other news, should I go ahead and transfer his registration to my name? Is there an advantage to doing that if I don't plan on showing him? I didn't get any front shots because they all came out as a camera-eye view up his nose. I can get more shots this weekend if people want anything specific.
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    11-04-2011, 11:06 PM
Up to you if you want to transfer him. Makes resale a whole lot easier. I suppose it's a form of proof of ownership in the unlikely event he's stolen. You get the free (worthless) Quarter Horse magazine for joining AQHA, and a few little perks of registration.

Overally his conformation is pretty good. Very mild calf knees. Nice short back. Neck could be finer. I'd like a little more laid-back shoulder. Appears to toe out in back. Croup is too steep.

Looks like he's really cow-bred. I don't recognize any big names up close in his pedigree, but I'm not a real pedigree connoisseur.
    11-04-2011, 11:07 PM
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He looks like a nice "all around" horse if you ask me. I like his sturdy build. His shoulder isn't as steep as some so that might hinder some of his range, but I doubt it's enough to really notice unless you want to ride Dressage, ha ha.

He looks to me to be of stockier breeding, more of your cowy or Western Pleasure type breeding. Looks like he'd be a DREAM on trail, and he looks so relaxed.

He does look just a very slight hint knee'd back in front, you may want to watch this because he looks like most of his front end weight is going onto the navicular bone which can cause extra stress and possible navicular problems in the future. If you are conscientious of it though, you can prevent it. I would probably stay away from things like daily jumping or speed events. Once in a while for fun, yes... competitive would break down that navicular bone earlier than you want.
    11-04-2011, 11:08 PM
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Well, he looks like a very nicley built "tank-like" quarter horse, though not so overly muscled as to be muscleboung. His right shoulder sticks out so much, it almost looks "swollen". But he has really good angles and what I like is the big bone in all legs. Feet are hard to see since they are partially buried in the sand, but pasterns are not too long or short and good angle. I love the dun color and he evne has zebra striping on his legs!

ETA. Maybe that striping is just the hair pattern, the photo creates the illusion of striping.
    11-04-2011, 11:26 PM
He does have the zebra striping, though I wasn't sure until I'd met him half a dozen times since it blends so well with his base color. He is toed out in the back, not badly enough that I think it will hinder him at all, but it is something I will be keeping an eye on and making sure I watch his hooves and how they wear.

He has great ground manners and is generally very relaxed, but he can be the first to try to bolt too, though if I tell him no, he abandons that plan immediately. He's actually much more sensitive/responsive than I was expecting with my preconcieved, apparently false, notions about QHs. :)
    11-04-2011, 11:30 PM
I agree with bubba's critique. Decent looking guy overall. Love his dun points.

To register him or not, not a necessity unless you plan to show. Does add a bit to resale value and you do get a few perks. I just got a $500 discount on my new car from Ford for being an AQHA member.

He is cow bred a few generations back. Doc Olena, Peppy San both cutters. Doc Bar was known as a halter horse in his day and sired a lot of great cutting stallions. I wouldn't be surprised at all if your guy is pretty cowy.

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