Yearling advice and critique please.
Hi all, this is my new yearling "Whitey". (actually 15 mths old) I have not had a colored horse before nor have I had a quarter horse. I have always had arabs or thoroughbreds so this is a bit new to me. I am interested to know if anyone can guestimate how much more growing she has left to do and if she is a good type. Her sire is a 16hh overo and dam is a 14.1 hh QH paint. I got her because of her sweet nature and how wiling she is. Also, is it normal to start backing the QH's at 2? With my arabs it was much older than that. Whitey has one blue eye and a half blue eye. She is registered pinto and i would love to show her if she is nice enough. I read on the pinto association page that the ideal pinto is actualy 50/50 in regars to coloring. Will whiteys small amounts of color be a negative factor if I was to show her? On the side not shown in the pictures, she has patches over her ear and eye, also the one on top of her tail.
Thank you all very much for any feedback, be it negative or positive. :D
I have found some pictures of her as a foal that show her other markings and also her mother. Thank you. :-P
If her parents are registered with APHA and AQHA (I'm assuming her sire is a paint horse) then you can register her with APHA, not just PtHA. Quarter horses/ paints in general tend to mature faster, so if you want to start her ground work, as long as you do it lightly, you should be fine. I know a lot of people who start them at 2 and go as far as backing them/ light riding, if they're mature enough, whether it's just around an arena, on the trails, or even to show. There are some individuals who just aren't mentally and/or physically, though. Personally, if she were mine, I would start her ground work and back her at around 3 1/2, just because I don't like starting them at 2 even if they are mature enough.
The ideal 50/50 color will only affect you if you enter her in a "color" halter class, such as Overo Halter or Tobiano Halter. Otherwise it should not affect you negatively.
Thanks for your reply soenjer. Her sire is registered paint, not registered with AQHA as far as I know. Im not sure about the dam i will have to find out. Whitey is halter broke and so easy to do anything with, I just didnt want to to anything she wasnt ready for. She has definately inherited her sires easy going nature, he is a real gem.
Ok, so the color aspect is definately throwing me. What classes should i show her in? With my arabs we had age/prodgeny ect not specifics really. She cant be reg QH because her father isnt so that rules out QH classes, which leaves me color classes????? sorry for being a bit confused, i really know nothing in relation to colored horses. :) Thanks, i really appreciate the advice.
Pinto has many different "halter" type classes. They have Stock Type Halter Yearlings, Hunter Type Halter Yearlings, Overo Halter, Tobiano Halter, etc. and then showmanship.
You don't want to show in the "color" halter classes such as Overo halter or Tobiano halter because she does not fit the ideal 50/50 color ratio. However, you could show her in stock or hunt type (depending on your choice) where conformation matters and color does not factor at all. Personally, I don't think she has the best conformation to stand out and win in a halter class. But you could be welcome to do open show halter for fun.
Otherwise, when she is old enough to ride, color in pinto association is not a factor when judging riding classes, and it is not a factor for any class other than the specified tobiano/overo halter.
You should really read the pinto rulebook, it is available on their website and covers any question you could have about showing specifics and guidelines.
Thank you. I will definitely read the pinto rule book. I think it will be fun to take her out to a show for the day, even if she doesn't place it can't hurt to expose her to different things I guess.
Her full sister has a medicine hat and shield markings, she would possibly be more suited to showing????
I have a little while before I will be riding her, how much more should I expect her to grow? Is she almost done? I know with my Arabs they are slow to hit their full mature height and weight is this the same with whitey?
Stock horses tend to mature/develop faster. I've always had stock horses, so it was really interesting to compare their growing processes to that of my arabian who I bought at 2. He was really skinny and awkward until just recently, and at 6 has finally fully grown into himself and filled out practically over night- meanwhile, the quarter horses all developed really early, with the only real changes being their withers and their butts continuously trying to catch up with each other. Their shapes themselves were mostly set by the time they were about 2, and then they just grew taller and filled out, if that makes sense.
Yes that makes perfect sense. The Arab as its maturing looks kind of like it's been put together with random pieces till it is older, whereas what I'm understanding of the QH types you can sort of guess what your end result will look like, but not so much regarding height. I have string tested her, to about 14.3. Ghee I hope she gets there. Thanks for helping out.
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