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post #1 of 12 Old 05-03-2010, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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QH Critique

Hi everyone :)

So here are some photos of my 6 year old quarter horse and I'm very curious what you will all think of his confirmation and what not.

A little history: His owner paid $7,000 for him, lost interest pretty fast and stopped coming to visit. According to people around the ranch he has been lame for a year and had pretty funky-barefeet when I met him.

He's got a grade 3/5 lameness now and some other issues and I adopted him to get him the vet/farrier care he needs so badly! So we are working on everything and so far he's doing really well!

Anyways, I don't have a quarter horse background and have heard really glowing things about his looks/confirmation and really not-so-pleasant things. I won't be offended, he's my project horse and I love him to bits but I'm morbidly curious what you all think!

First two images were taken a year ago with his old owners (tried to edit out their faces for privacy)

The last one was taken about a month and a half ago. Since then he's shed his winter coat and has had his feet trimmed/shod and looks much better!
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-03-2010, 11:02 PM
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My lovely girl is a pally anyways,

I am no good at confo critiques but he's sooo adorable. I hope he doesnt have anything serious.
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-03-2010, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! He's already showing huge improvements being shod and having his toes trimmed properly.

I'm not planning on showing him and he's a gelding so this is more for my own curiosity. If we can get him work-ably sound he'll be a trail horse and start schooling in training level dressage just for fun and mostly to give him some balance and confidence.
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Thank you! He's already showing huge improvements being shod and having his toes trimmed properly.

I'm not planning on showing him and he's a gelding so this is more for my own curiosity. If we can get him work-ably sound he'll be a trail horse and start schooling in training level dressage just for fun and mostly to give him some balance and confidence.
That seems like a great idea :)
He lookks soo much fun
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He's very nice looking! :) Hope he gets better.
The good: Compact build, good bone, staight legs, large hip, and very pretty head :)
The bad: His feet still look slightly out of balance(from here anyways), maybe a thick neck? And ever so slightly downhill?
All-in-all I think he is a beautifully built horse and he looks like he'd be lots of fun to ride when he gets better

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Yeah his feet were quite over grown still in the "recent" picture. Here is a "before and after" shot, the difference is pretty dramatic!

This isn't the health-topic so I won't get too into it but his shoulders seem a lot more "square" now that he's got shoes and is off the ground in the front.

Thank you very much for the comments! Especially from a QH perspective!
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post #7 of 12 Old 05-04-2010, 12:38 AM
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^^ huge difference in feet! Wow. Can you see how much his pastern angle has improved after wards too? Does he seem more comfortable after having his feet done?

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post #8 of 12 Old 05-04-2010, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you!! That's SO nice to hear from horse people! He feels great so far!

He only got them done last week so tomorrow will be his first non-buted day (the vet suggested he be medicated for 5 days) so we'll see how much of that is the shoes. He has been full of himself prancing and trotting around though! Huge improvement, everyone has stopped by to tell me how much more confidently he is walking/moving! Hope it lasts!
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Though im not very good at conformation and will not even attempt, I will say he is very pretty and his feel.. WOW they looked 10X better, he looks like a great project and I hope he has no serius set backs in recovery, best of wishes to you guys!
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He is very very pretty. I have a "free" (not so much) palomino as well. It's worth every penny though. Given time his feet should get better. Hunters were pretty bad but my farrier who took over in Nov has already made a huge improvement. His front legs were twisting and now they are straight. She said it would take about a year to get them where she wants them, we aren't riding him yet anyways so all is well. Good luck with him and keep us up to date on his progress.
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