Unsure of what discipline to go with... input much appreciated!! :)
So currently my girl is a year and 6mons old... and im having a hard time deciding what to train her for (when the time comes...) shes standing at approx 14.2hh at the moment... some pics are from earlier this summer, was unable to find any "proper" confo shoots... and have uplaoded the best i could find...
I would like to get her into barrel racing.... her front end is SOLID.. but im unsure if her back end will fill out any (not going into real serious racing with her.. just your average have fun kindda gig)... some people have said that she would make a good jumper... but i have no idea... input welcome!!! and feel free to critique... any pointers are much appreciated!!!
PS please excuse the yearling/winter.. "fugglies" she likes to get REAL fluffy and finds loads of manure in the field to muck up her legs... :(
I'm really no expert but I don't think much can be said at the age of just one and a half years old. She still has a lot of growing to do so she will change.
Gee it looks cold there! I would break her in let her be a horse and do some education and she might indicate in that time what she would be better at.
She needs time to grow up before you decide. If that butt doesnt fill out, Ill tell you right now..She wont jump high. nor will she stand up to barrel racing likely. Or at least get to 16 sec barrels anyways.
She is so easy going & quiet in those pictures. Even at her age, I can tell you right now, she is not suited for anything athletic or strenous, her long cannonbones are not made for that. She is a pleasure riding horse and she already looks like a pleasure.
Lol..okay, so what about hickstead? What about all those 17 hh jumpers? My boy jumps 4' no problem. Long cannnon bones don't play into what they can and cannot do :P
This was what I have read through the years of following Deb Bennett's condo critiques. I think in order for a long cannon bone to be utilized & engaged without potential injury, the top half of that is going to have to be substantial, then I am thinking you've got the right combo to make a jumper. Probably as your horse has. However, I am no expert, I see a pleasure horse in this filly, IMHO.
Well with her hind end, I definitely see a pleasure horse.. she doesnt appear to be built for anything strenous just because of her hind end. Not to say she couldnt do it or do well, horses have. But imo
Her head seems too large for her body... maybe it is just the winter coat...but in the spring I would get her working to start building up some muscle. Time trotting in a round pen would do wonders. I am with everyone else, she looks to be a pleasure ,,, that is all I hope for in my horses as well!
I don't see anything overly STRONG about this yearling... but she seems to have a nice open shoulder and is long in the back.. the winter photos I do not like her at all from her neck set to her high withers to her back and hindquarters. She may be going through a stage of ugly in those?
I have to ask how old your daughter is?
I will also respectfully ask what possessed you to put her on the back of an unbroken yearling? No matter how QUIET the yearling is.. I would really think hard about doing that.
Awhile back on this forum someone mentioned opposition to using kids as "crash Test Mannikins" for their young, unbroken horses.
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