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    02-16-2011, 06:44 PM
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Yearling
Opinion On His Conformation, Suggestions for use?

So I was wondering if anyone could tell me some strong and weak points of my horse. Plus if anyone had any suggestions of what I should do with him, like what classes I should enter him in. (Western classes only, I'm not an english rider. Ground class suggestions would help too.)

His name is Moe, a Ponies of the Americas gelding. He is overgrown at about 14 some hands high, maybe a bit over. I think he's gorgeous. I don't exactally know what to call his color. I just say dun with a white blanket, but I don't know all that much about horse colorings. He is sort of roanish in summer, when these pictures were taken.

He is a more highstrung horse, trained in Parelli. A very intellegent boy, and always needs something to do. He does listen very well for the most part, and isn't frightened or fidgety around most things that most horses are scared of.
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    02-16-2011, 08:26 PM
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The pictures aren't the best for judjgeing conformation because they arent straight on side/front/rear. I can tell that he is very long backed and pretty downhill too. I guess he might do well in just plain old WP. I am not familiar with the different classes in W riding. He might be a good compettitve trail rider. Longback means harder for horse to reach under self, but can also mean a smoother, more comfy ride for rider. Many Appy's have long backs. My Appy does. He is strong as an Ox and nearly 18.
     
    02-16-2011, 10:24 PM
  #3
Yearling
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The pictures aren't the best for judjgeing conformation because they arent straight on side/front/rear. I can tell that he is very long backed and pretty downhill too. I guess he might do well in just plain old WP. I am not familiar with the different classes in W riding. He might be a good compettitve trail rider. Longback means harder for horse to reach under self, but can also mean a smoother, more comfy ride for rider. Many Appy's have long backs. My Appy does. He is strong as an Ox and nearly 18.
Thanks for the advice. ^^ Any imput is very helpful, and I think trail riding would most likely be something I'd like to do, aswell.

These pictures were taken a few years ago in the summer, and he's only five now. So he must have been still growing because if you see him now his shoulders seem a bit higher. He's a comfortable ride, too. I don't have any pictures of him that are all that current, or from a conformation view.

If you would see any horse from that farm they are VERY low-shouldered like that. When Moe was a young guy, about a year old, he was the ugliest thing you could have possibly seen compaired to what he is now. Uneven, low shouldered, huge spotted butt. I personally thing it's that specific breeder's taste in horses, unless all POA's are like that.

First four pictures are of foals that I took pictures of at there farm, then the last one is one of Moe when he was younger, maybe about two, when we first got him. He isn't all that uneven in this picture, I don't know excatally why. There was a bit of a hill where we took the picture.
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    02-18-2011, 01:13 AM
  #4
Weanling
Ya, he's very downhill, has a low-set neck (although it is very well arched), and his back is rather weak-looking, so I can't see him in any really athletic event; he will probably always move rather choppy and be harder to balance, especially at faster gaits. He has a gorgeous head and a really kind expression though so I could easily see him as a trail horse!
     
    02-18-2011, 01:45 AM
  #5
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If you love him, then don't let anyone's opinion here influence that. See how far he can go on good training. Look into competitive trail riding. I haven't done it myself, but I would love to. Could be your horse has good feet and a good brain to make up for some of his weaker points.
     
    02-18-2011, 09:16 AM
  #6
Green Broke
He is a bay roan with a blanket. I like POA's and think they are very useful little horses.

As stated, your horse is built down hill and is long in the back. This makes it difficult to collect him and to get him to do nice smooth transistions (especially downward.. lope to trot and trot to walk). Lot of trotting up long hills and trotting over cavalletti can help with this (and yes, western Trainers do use cavaletti!).

If you can get him to collect enough to do nice smooth trnasisitons, maybe western pleasure. With training you might want to try trail classes too.

If you like your horse, then don't worry what people think. You can train and ride him and enjoy him. That is worth a LOT IMO.

In the foal photos I like that white, not quite a leopard, foal the best.
     
    02-18-2011, 07:34 PM
  #7
Yearling
Hrsrdr ~ Thanks for that. ^^ I can agree from your observation, he is a pain to ride at a gallop or lope, which I was forced to do when I first started out at the trainer we got him from. Not a fun deal. Coming from someone who has very little balance on her own two legs. XD Since that I didn't ever want to do anything too fast with him, or any other horse. Perhaps that is a good thing for health reasons, too. I don't want him to be too beat up if I keep him as an old man. :3

Tinyliny ~ I am a person who can take criticism. I was just curious as to what people thought of him. I just need to start thinking about something to do with him. I've had him for four years now so I think I really need a hobby other than playing with groundwork in the pasture and the ocassional bareback trip in the trainer's arena. X3

Elana ~ I figured he was something like that, but now I can sound intellegent when telling someone what color he is. XD Nice to know someone else is a fan. ^^ I am so used to just calling him an appy because I know way to many non-horse people to spit out names like "Ponies of the Americas". XD

Thanks for the advice. Even if I could get him to cooperate, I think the judge might frown upon me because I am not that pretty in the saddle myself. Dx I'd make that poor boy look bad. XD

The foals from that breeder may be somewhat faulted, but they do have some pretty colors. I'm sure that colt grew up to be a beast. His sire and dam were a complete complement to eachother. Shame I don't have any pictures of his dad, what a looker. They're like twins.

But ANYWAY... Thanks to all of you, I'm glad I got some opinions. I definitely will keep training him and see where that gets us. I'm sure we'll have fun either way. <3
     
    02-20-2011, 12:40 AM
  #8
Weanling
You have a point about the health reasons...since his conformation is less-than-ideal, you won't be able to do as much with him, and therefore won't deteriorate as fast as a horse that is regularly asked to canter and gallop. :) And disposition is everything. When I'm evaluating a horse I always look at personality as nearly equivalent to conformation; you can do so much with a willing horse, simply because they'll try their heart out for you even if their build makes it difficult for them. And your boy has one of the kindest eyes I've ever seen; I could easily believe that he is smart and willing. Which is all you need in a trail horse. His color doesn't hurt either... :)
     
    02-20-2011, 12:44 AM
  #9
Yearling
I'm not huge on confirmation (meaning I don't know much about it) but I do notice that his back is a little long for his body. I don't know the horse, but you can probably do all the western classes with him like horsemanship, pleasure, trail, and maybe some speed events. Whatever works best for him and yourself!
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