Please Critique My Fl. Cracker Horse/Paint=))
Hey everybody! Can you please critique my Fl. Cracker Horse? She is also mixed with a paint and I want too know her flaws that other people see. She looks butt in these pictures but in person it is not as bad. She needs too put on weight. I Know this so please no rude comments. She just got started on barrels. She isn't very toned yet.
All I can say is--she needs to put on some weight.
I am not going to say anything about the weight but I will say that it is not doing her any good being under weight and asked to perform doing barrels.
Then I can give you my opinon...
*** EDIT *** Also looks to have a big head for cracker horse what makes you think FL Cracker? There are only about 800 of them in the US right now so its kinda a rare breed....
Like I Said. I just got her and she was like this. she was a abused rescue. She has come a LONG way! I asked for no comments on her weight because I just rescued her!!!
Ok sorry. She is 13 Years old and 14.2 Hands and she is registered with the Fl cracker horse association as One Of The 50 Cracker horse paints... She Is rare. Sorry About the caps in some words I Getting Over that. =))
And Horselvr she is only Trotting the pattern. She Is Getting Started. No Competeing until she gets some meat on her bones.
I'll give it a shot but please note that I am only going on the pictures posted & reality may be very different.
Long-ish back with a goose rump.
Shoulder & hip angles don't match.
Long cannon bones.
Higher than ideal hocks.
Appears camped under but could be the pose.
Large non-feminine head, a bit of sunburn to muzzle?
I like her neck now but it appears she may have some developing muscle on the underside. From the pictures only, I would guess she either braces against a tie down/bit or carries her head high.
Over all she is pretty.
I've never heard of a Cracker horse. Do you have a link to an informative site?
First off, hats off to you for rescuing a horse!
Second, congrats on getting such a rare little girl.. Especially since she is pony sized!!
Now back to your original question....
I am assuming you are not intending on going pro with this horse, she is a bit older than what is typical in the big times... But I can say which should improve with weight and exercise her rump is very little. QH have big ol' rumps which gives them power to come out of the barrels. I would really work on getting some groceries on that girl and maybe supplement with a flax seed oil to help build up with out creating fat deposits. Even at a trot she is being asked to exercise beyond her bodies physical allowance. She may do it becuase she has heart but it is still not good for her at this time. So maybe just a walk through the pattern until she gains some weight. A walk through the pattern is just as good as a trot but less physically demanding. When I train my barrel horses I do not run them at all for the first year. They are walked through the pattern 5 or 6 times ( I have some tricks on how to get them to setup at a walk) then go work on something else. I do start my horses younger at about 4 years old but they never run or trot a pattern for a year.
I cant see what kind of flexion she has which would be another important thing for her to have. Ground work her on her flexion to improve it ( I do it all the time with my horses even the ones who have great flexion) and if possible ride her up steep grades and make her walk. It will help build up those hind muscles. Stepping over things will also get those muscles in good shape (like logs and things where she really has to pick her feet up).
When you look at her rump it is not round it is almost triangle in shape which shows a serious lack of muscle there which she will need in order to power out of the turns. Get that bum looking better and overall she will be ok.
Her breed has a natural high set head and are known for not getting very little muscles.. Here Is The Link too the official site.http://www.floridacrackerhorses.com
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