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post #11 of 23 Old 10-20-2013, 01:34 PM
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He does have pretty long legs, come to think of it. And I'm pretty sure he is truly cow hocked. He doesn't (at least to me) have any glaring faults. One fault that bothers me that I see in thoroughbreds is long, skinny pasterns.

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post #12 of 23 Old 10-20-2013, 01:41 PM
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I will overlook anything that doesn't effect the horse in a way that would make it unusable, I will also look at what the costs of maintaining what ever the problem might be as part of the decision, as long as its ridable and its problems are fairly inexpensive its ok in my book
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post #13 of 23 Old 10-20-2013, 01:44 PM
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Here's that graphic. A is what a horse should look like. E is an extreme example of cow hocked.


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post #14 of 23 Old 10-20-2013, 01:49 PM
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He is not as bad as fig. E but he is definitely cow hocked.

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Since I'm not interested in showing but pleasure and trail riding (not the extreme or endurance types although they'd be great fun) I'm prepared to overlook many conformational deficiencies which is evident by my motley crew. What is important to me is a good personality and a generally agreeable disposition.

I confess that I do admire the nicely put together horses with fine colour and markings and may be the tiniest bit envious of their owners but not enough to get rid of any of mine in order to upgrade.
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post #16 of 23 Old 10-20-2013, 03:18 PM
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I know there was someone on the forum who used to barrel race her older (in his 20s, if I remember correctly) Arab gelding and he did well.

I don't see why Arabs couldn't be decent barrel racers, they have speed (one of my friend's endurance-trained Arab gelding was clocked at over 45MPH at a gallop...and he wasn't opened up all the way), stamina, and quickness. However, one disadvantage they have is that Arabs tend to be long-legged, which can make it difficult for them to get down and really dig into the turns like a shorter-legged QH can. You can have a QH and an Arab of the same height and almost guaranteed the Arab will have longer legs.
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I wouldn't have much problem seeing this girl spinning around a barrel (She's a finished reiner) - leg length depends on the lineage, mostly. I have a few that would almost pass for Quarter Horses with pretty heads.



As for faults, I do cow hocked, and I can do slightly long pasterns, or a steeper shoulder. I'll even go so far as over looking a fairly plain head if the legs are darned perfect!

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My two girls are definitely not the picture of conformational ideal, so apparently I'll overlook a LOT xD

My miniature mare has a straight back and weak hind end which means she occasionally needs adjustments from the chiropractor to stay feeling well. That's her only real fault, but its a pretty big one since her 'occupation' is as a cart horse. I also bought her even knowing that she had foundered (minimally, very little hoof structure change). She loves to work and does very well though, and I think as long as she's cared for properly she'll stay sound for work up into her upper teens.

My yearling filly appears to be base narrow in the back(giving the impression of cow hocks) and has a very slightly clubby left rear hoof. She's also light boned but has a killer nice shoulder, big roomy hocks, a short back, and a big hip. I overlooked her faults mostly because she needed me and because I absolutely adore her personality, but I would never recommend her as a competition horse because of her lack of substance.

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I wouldn't have much problem seeing this girl spinning around a barrel (She's a finished reiner) - leg length depends on the lineage, mostly. I have a few that would almost pass for Quarter Horses with pretty heads.



As for faults, I do cow hocked, and I can do slightly long pasterns, or a steeper shoulder. I'll even go so far as over looking a fairly plain head if the legs are darned perfect!
ship her to me! Ill make her into a barrel racer and pole bending machine! she's beautiful!
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post #19 of 23 Old 10-20-2013, 04:19 PM
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Our horse is 'D'.

Unfortunately for a big boy (16.2 and 1200#) he has tea-cup feet, but we manage.

These things were noted during our pre-purchase. Like the vet and our trainer indicated, based on how he was/is used and so many other redeeming qualities he has worked out great for us.
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post #20 of 23 Old 10-20-2013, 04:20 PM
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I'm very intolerant when it comes to conformation.
My current lad is slightly narrow in front and is slightly too short in the back so getting a saddle on him big enough for an adult is almost impossible.
I won't have anything with leg faults
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