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        09-27-2011, 08:21 PM
      #1
    Trained
    Would love a critique on this horse!

    Just in general, and for working disciplines (Cow work, etc.)

         
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        09-27-2011, 08:33 PM
      #2
    Showing
    I really like him. Especially that neck! The only thing that stands out to me are his long back legs. He looks to be over-compensating for them by pushing them out behind him. How tall is he? Age? Breed?
         
        09-27-2011, 09:22 PM
      #3
    Trained
    He is an Australian Stock Horse. He's 10yo. I know it's super shallow of me, but when I eventually breed Lucy, a cremello would give me a pally baby! But I would ONLY consider it if the stallion was super nice. This guys babies all seem pretty nice though.
         
        09-27-2011, 10:00 PM
      #4
    Banned
    I honestly don't much care for him, especially as a stallion. ASH should generally resemble Quarter Horses, right? They're supposed to do the same jobs, anyway. He's light-built, with a long back and weaker hip, which is going to make it very difficult for him to get up underneath himself to, say, cut a cow or turn a barrel. Not much depth through the heartgirth for lung capacity, weak back (not just its length, but its shape). His hind legs are too long for the rest of him which is why he stands camped out behind (they may also cause him some pain in the stifle area). If he brought his hooves underneath him he'd be quite sickle-hocked. There's quite honestly not much I do like about him, either as a cowhorse prospect or as a stallion, though as a general hacker I'm sure he'd be just fine (no obvious signs of soundness problems, save for that back, but he's sure not built for athleticism).
         
        09-27-2011, 10:05 PM
      #5
    Super Moderator
    Super well built horse. I like everything about him. He has great conformation as far as I can see. The only thing would be that his hind legs are a bit undemuscled and maybe long? Or crooked? Or maybe it's just the way he is standing. His shoulder angle and pasterns are super good. Great neck and lovely head. Even good feet! I want him!
         
        09-27-2011, 10:07 PM
      #6
    Super Moderator
    Funny, I would not have thought we'd differ so much, Bubba, in how we saw this horse. I do, however, see what you mean about the weak hips, though it didnt' stand out to me so much. But I had forgotten that the OP said she wanted to cut cows.

    I still think he's lovely. Just personal preference, I guess.
         
        09-27-2011, 10:10 PM
      #7
    Banned
    I agree he looks like a sound horse. My critique would have probably differed for a h/j or dressage horse. But there is not a thing (to me) that looks like a Western and/or gymkhana athlete.
         
        09-27-2011, 10:59 PM
      #8
    Showing
    I have to partially agree with Bubba. I like his front end (though his head is a little mean looking), but his back and hind end leave quite a bit to be desired IMHO. Longer back, weaker hip, and holy long gaskins, Batman. I can imagine that he would have a pretty hard time naturally getting down and gathered up for quick stops and rollbacks.
         
        09-27-2011, 11:17 PM
      #9
    Trained
    That's pretty much what I was thinking. I had looked at him before and dismissed him, but I met a lady today who has two of his foals and they look really nice. Not worth the risk though.
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