Critique 2 Yr old Cutting Filly
This is kinda both a conformation critique and a what would you expect to pay for her critique. I'm never going to sell her but I am just really curious what people think of her. Here's her pedigree: Lenas Little Nova . Her sire is 14.1hhs, Dam 15hhs. She's a 2010 filly, cutting bred so she's got a downhill build obviously. I really like her build for the most part. Her head looks funny sometimes too, alittle blocky but I guess that could be the awkward 2 yr old stage. I know she's got alot of growing yet to do but from what you can see what do you think?
As far as training goes, I usually ride her 1-2 times a weeks at the most. She knows her cues vocally and is learning leg pressure (to turn solely off legs no reins). She walk, trots (I don't ask her to trot far but she will maintain it if asked), backs, turns sharply or loosely if asked, flexes left, right, and down all while riding. She's been down ridden out alone and at shows, I usually keep the rides under 30 minutes and are not very strenuous. She knows showmanship well. She stands tied, loads great, stands for trimming, worming, grooming, and fly spray. She's in your pocket in the pasture but keeps out of your bubble. Very very good with kids, she has the best disposition on the farm and when at shows she gets alot of compliments for how well behaved she is. She's not spooky at all and is almost too curious sometimes. She drives great with long lines but hasn't ever been hitched, I really wish I had a small cart!!! She has been driven from a sled and did great. Loves sacking out with the tarp, its a toy to her. Anyway, to the pictures!
Hiding behind the appaloosa kinda
At the show, while waiting.
Conformation Pictures (not the greatest but please try)
This last one is from Spring time so its a little older, I couldn't find a new one from this angle.
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I really like her! Very cute feminine mare QH. If I had to be really picky, I would like a slightly longer neck, but I understand she is cow bred not jumper bred. She looks like a total sweetheart. Not sure about the price sorry, right now maybe around $1,500? with the right buyer?
Very cute girl.
No critique from me, but I definately like her. I'd take her in a heartbeat! She's a lovely horse.
She certainly is line bred for "cow." What have her sire and dam done in the cutting arena (or on a ranch)? The female tail of her pedigree is weak (25%) and that could significantly impact her "cow" as she is a filly. I hope not!
That being said, and understanding the downhill build, I would still prefer if she were a bit more even. I would also like to see more angulation to her hind leg, which is a bit posty thru the hocks. I would like to see her hocks a bit lower and more bone over all. She is a bit back at the knee.
The reason for more bone is that a truly "driven" cow horse will sometimes turn so quickly after a cow as to break a hind leg (spiral fracture). More bone may mean a bit slower in the arena but might mean less likely to have a break.
Nice little horse. Love to see her on cows! She could actually be taken out in the pasture to see if she wants to follow them even now (nothing fast and furious.. just following them).
now im not any kind of an expert as far as conformation goes..but i have been around alot of cutting/cow bred horses...
Overall I think she is adorable and at two she way very well even out! but from a cutting stand point I know that cutters prefer to see a lower hocked horse- this enables the horse to really get in under themselves and work over those hocks. Actually a sickle hocks in a cutter isnt really viewed as a fault as the hock is less strained during this kind of work and is less likely to need injections later on...
a very girly girl!
The sire has done cutting locally but the dam is just a broodmare. I'd like to see what she does with a cow but I've never worked them before either lol. I'm just hoping to have a good overall horse that's level headed and smart. She does stand a bit sickle hocked when left to her own devices but not bad. I usually try to square her up as best I can for pictures but it's hard by myself :P I'm hoping to use her with local games, pleasure, showmanship, and trails.
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I think she will make a great all around horse! I just like doing the local fun games/shows too. I think she is very cute and would steal her in a heartbeat if you weren't looking.
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