2 year old AQHA, What to look for?
I am going to be buying several 2 year olds to start this year and was wondering what all you guys out there think of as the perfect build 2 year old for a ranch/roping all around horse. Post Pics and lets discuss what to look for and what YOU consider the perfect all around QH. I will add some pics of some I would pick out tonight!
I dont look for many things conformation wise as long as they no serious flaws but I dont have a specific discipline. We trail ride and thats about it. I also, typically dont look for anything below the age of five. I like to work with horses that have a little age but minimal training. The only 2 yo I have ever bought is my SSH. With her I mainly looked for eagerness and levelheadness. I wanted to see how quick she was to pick up on something new and what she did in stressfull situations. I also mainly paid attention to how much she paid attention to me. Like I said I dont look for anything particular in conformation. I do like shorter backs and wider necks on a horse but that is my personal preference.
I only have experience with one 2 yo. All the other horses I have worked with, well the youngest was 5 1/2 yo but most of the ones I work with are around 8-11 yo that people break in as 2 yo throw then in a pasture and forget about them. I trained for a guy in South Carolina for a few years doing this cause he has a massive amount horses that was never touched and I feared if he sold them as is they wouldnt get good homes. So, I worked and trained and it was mind racking on some of them because your not starting from a clean slate. With my 2yo things went MUCH quicker and there wasnt as much testing and rebellion as with the older horses. Im curious to hear what traits people truly take into consideration with buying.
High Brow Cat 2 year old. Probably can't get better than this. Low-set hocks, short back, round hindquarters, just a good looking pony. This one sold for $44,000, so he can't look too terrible, haha.
mine has an appy sire and a aqha dam. I'm pretty happy with her build. This was her last june, she looks even better now.
Oh vair Oh and bluespark, those are both 2 exceptionaly built horses!
When I picked out my long yearling (now 2 years old, got her 5 months ago) I did not get a really good look conformational wise, but I looked for potential, she was an untouchable filly, scared of humans, but I saw her potential to be great. I saw her level head, kind eyes, willingness and stubbornness and the heart to learn new things. She is now a really good horse, we are just working out some flaws, like lunging. Turns out she has good conformation too. I know that she will be good all around horse, doing trails, ranch and cow stuff, gymkanna, western pleasure halter, etc.
She is purebred quarter horse, but not registered.
I don't have a good picture of her recently that I can get right now, so here she is...
I like this guy.
Easy Otie Whiz || Champion Reining Stallion
I would look for horses that resemble these.. but less mature. Of course you will know who they are! ;)
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