Conformation On The Quarter Horse
Can anyone reply with what you would like to see in a quarter horse?
Like explain the hip an all that...Maybe post a picture of what a very correct quarter horse is then post a picture of what the opposites are...example "This is a picture of a good hip....and this is what you do not want to see..."
And the shoulders, what makes a fast quarter horse, a good jumper, cutter etc. in the breed?
Why do you want a "butt" high horse? I all ways thought that was bad ( I mean butt high as in the hip is higher then the withers)
What would you look for in a yearling?..I know that they grow so much so it is hard to tell, but what would you absolutely NOT want to see in a weanling/yearing?
I was not looking to buy one, just curious :wink:
As a new owner of a QH, I would like this information broken down also.
I am a fairly new owner of my registered American Quarter Horse, but not an expert on all of your questions (there will be some experts that will reply to this thread, for sure!) - one thing I do know is that the Quarter Horse is generally a sprinter, used for 1/4 mile racing back around the pioneer days.... This piqued my curiosity, so looking at her now in the pasture, her butt is about even with her withers with her neck down grazing, and is large and rounded (but not overly) which is of course characteristic with the breed.
NorthernStar. Thank you very much. Sam melts my heart and gives me tingles every time I look at him.
Here is a link to his pedigree. Ddf Sam I Am Quarter Horse
Very nice! I looked in earnest for anything on there possibly related to my mare, but no go - she's older than him, but I when I saw his star, I thought, maybe...!
Unfortunately I don't know how to attatch it, but since you're an AQHA member, you can see hers under, "Ms Northern Star". Her grandsire was Impressive, a world halter champion. Star is her barn name, and she's a healthy, nice backyard pleasure horse for me. Tomorrow is her 21st birthday, and she'll be getting lots of extra hugs, apples, and kisses! :)
Yeah, my horse now (the one in the picture, it was taken when he was younger) has his butt about like what you're talking about... kinda...lol...almost... And he is fast...
That's another thing... How fast is fast for a quarter horse?
Does anybody have a good picture of what a good shoulder on a horse that is built for speed (sprinter) should look like?
Thanks for any advice!
Ok, show me your "ideal" speed butt:D
I am a barrel racer so I might want a different built horse then some other QH owners.....
-Good big hip
-Good Slope to there Shoulder
-Level (Not uphill or downhill built)
-Nice even hocks with his knees
-Good neck (not to short or long)
A well rounded horse that I see as Barrel Horse Conformation would be Bully Bullion
-Great Slope to his shoulder (what you want to see in speed events)
-Nice Big Hip (power house to really use his hind end)
-Shorter Back (keeps him athletic and wouldn't interfere with his performance)
-Good Underline (Able to really reach)
-Nice set neck
-Nice low hocks (Able to get under himself and work)
-Level (but would like to see his hocks set just a TAD bit more even with Knee)
-I also would like to she a tad bit shorter pastern.
And for a barrel horses there are things you do NOT want....such as a downhill horse. People who say that obviously have never ridden or know how a barrel horse should work. If a horse is downhill what are they going to be working off of more? There front end so they are not going to be able to get their hind end under themselves they need to to really work around the barrel. And is going to cause their knees to break down a lot faster from the jarring in the long run.
You don't want a long back or a super short back....a long back would be like having a 18 wheeler turn sharp VS a Sports Car turn sharp...the Sports Car is going to turn a lot faster. Same with a short back, a horse with a short back is going to get caught up and loose a lot of bend in their ribcage causing them to run stiff.
So you see the conformation Bully Bullion...now I am going to show you horses with some faults. Now I couldn't find a horse with all of the things or close so will be posting individual photos....
Small Hip- This horse has a much shorter hip then Bully Bullion does, so would have less power in the Hind End.
Long Backed- This horse has a long back and a small hip...
Straight Shoulder- Which will cause a short choppy stride and a rough ride.
Those are some of the main ones to visualize.....
And I don't really start looking at a young horses conformation till they are at least 2yrs old because then their growing has some what evened out at one point. But I want to see the same as I would in a grown horse....
Hope this helped :)
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