Second guessing his breed
So i've been riding and working with this horse for months now. The woman who owns him was told he was a quarter horse when she bought him, but we strongly believe hes part something else so now i'm finally getting around to asking what your opinions are :) im sorry if these pictures are no good, let me know what kind would be good and i can get some.
He definitely looks quarter horse to me. In his body. Butt screams qh. His head on the other hand, maybe some arab? His face is smaller and slightly...dishy? Very refined i should say. His eye also appears very expressive which arabians have as well.
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I would say he's all Quarter. Newer generation Quarter horses have more Arabian influence. They tend to have smaller feet and indents in their face. Older Quarters had more thoroughbred influence so their looks were more square and their face was straighter.
That's an image I found of how they breed Quarters now.
This is a pic. of our old man that has lost top line but is still built bigger than the other. Maybe that will help :)
Yeah its his head that has us guessing, he didnt come with papers or anything like that... heck his name was the "brown one". His owner bought him as a guest horse but once she brought him up to health she found out that he bucks with a green rider but its superb with a ballanced experienced one :P She thought that maybe hes an appendix, could that be?
I would definitely say all qh. My sister's mare (the sorrel) is mistaken for a half arabian a lot because of her refined, dishy (albeit large) head, but she's full, 100% qh. Her filly, the brown, is a qh/paint, and she has the same refined head.
Well then thats awesome!! But what about that white spot, could that mean anything? i have no clue about the ins and outs of breeds and coloring sorry.
That looks like a saddle sore, although it's really low... It's pretty perfect so I doubt it's an actual marking, lol.
haha oh boy... yup that makes total sense as he has a history of having them!
I agree with full QH.
Nowadays, with the more modern breeding lines, you'll see a slight dish in the profile as opposed to the older lines that have a straight or convex profile. I like the slightly dished look, and your boy has classy Quarter curves, so there is no doubt he's full blood.
Quarter horses are so diverse with the way that they're built, that you wouldn't believe they're registered unless you showed their papers.
Just look at some of the hunter/jumpers, and compare them to a reiner or a roper. If someone stood the two side by side, the difference would be pretty astounding.
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You're absolutely righ, They're such a diverse breed so no wonder!
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