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post #11 of 13 Old 07-08-2009, 06:32 PM
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smrobs that was really what I was getting at, horses then were more than a pretty face so to speak especially in our neck of the woods where ranching has always been big business. Horses then could work 12-14 hr days rounding up cattle or plowing fields and never miss a beat today spend 30 min on a horse and they are done.. pasture version of couch potatoes and foofoo pets..
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I completely get you. That is how I judge a good horse is by what he/she can do. Anymore, I really don't care about pedigree's. 2 of my favorite horses in the world are mutts (mustangs) who have some serious appearance issues but they are sound, strong, and able. I like to sit on a horse that has some mass (but not too much) that has bones and feet under him that are strong enough to take off running across a rough pasture without worrying if he is going to take a bad step and break a leg. I know that can happen with any horse but it is much less likely when they have big bones. Like my Dad always says "When I climb in the saddle, I like to feel like I have a HORSE under me."

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I completely get you. That is how I judge a good horse is by what he/she can do. Anymore, I really don't care about pedigree's. 2 of my favorite horses in the world are mutts (mustangs) who have some serious appearance issues but they are sound, strong, and able. I like to sit on a horse that has some mass (but not too much) that has bones and feet under him that are strong enough to take off running across a rough pasture without worrying if he is going to take a bad step and break a leg. I know that can happen with any horse but it is much less likely when they have big bones. Like my Dad always says "When I climb in the saddle, I like to feel like I have a HORSE under me."
I still like some bloodlines and I do look at them but I would rather have a horse like what you talked abut that a horse with great bloodlines but not be anything but paperwork.

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