What do you think of this horse's confo?
This is Rodeo's full brother Higher Time. He was 2 years old, and 15hh at the time of these pictures. What do you think of his conformation? Does Rodeo seem to have similar confo to him
And here is Rodeo at 15months old in these pics...
Please not that Rodeo was standing like a goof in these pics, so I know their not good to critique on. As far the comparing the two, which do you think has better confo, from what you can see? Do you think Rodeo will have the same confo at 2years of age?
1st colt is sickle hocked which predisposes him to lameness if used too demandingly. He toes out at the back as well. Be careful when you break him out & use him, no overloading. He has a nice shoulder & rear. Overall condition is very nice. 2nd boy has high knees both front & back, & is over at the knee on the front. Nice overall for a young boy. I like 1st horse better, but I think the 2nd horse might be a bit stronger structurally, but I am no expert. I try to avoid sickle hocks, every horse I have seen with them gets some sort of lameness.
Thanks for the critique waresbear!! I had the opportunity to buy one or the other at the time I was buying. I loved the overo(second one), but I also liked the 1st one. One reason or another, I bought the overo.
I agree with you about the confo critique though! My horse, definitely is over at the knee. The first horse, almost appears more "dainty" to me now that I really look at the pictures next to each other.
Last I knew of his brother he was bought by a man living somewhere in NY. I was told that they were going to use him for eventing, I believe.
Overall though, you think the second one would be more structurally sound?
Let's see. Horse 1 had a nice slope to his shoulder, and overall is nicely balanced with good muscle tone. He has a nice long neck, but his throat latch is a little on the thick side. He does have a few structural problems, aside from being built down hill (which he'll mostly likely grow out of considering he's two). As waresbear pointed out he is sickle hocked, which really isn't uncommon in the stock horse breeds (I'm assuming these are paint/quarter horses) and can actually be desirable to an extent for certain disciplines such as reining. He's also over at the knee and toes out in the back.
Horse 2 has a slightly steeper shoulder than horse 1 which will probably cause him to have a little bit rougher stride but nothing too extreme (we're talking maybe 5 degrees difference). Colt 2 is also pretty well balanced although he has a little less substance to his hind quarters. Though, that could very well be because he's younger; he'll probably fill out more as he gets older. His neck ties into his shoulder lower than horse 1, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing especially if you plan on using him as western pleasure horse as he'll be naturally inclined to carry himself with a nice level topline! Your colt definitely has horse 1 beat structurally speaking. He is also built slightly down hill, but to much less extent than horse one. With him being younger he should level out just fine which will make him lighter on the front end and therefore more maneuverable when you start riding him. He is also a teeny bit over at the knee, but again not nearly as noticeably as the first horse. It's kind of hard to tell what his back legs look like from these pictures. He looks almost post legged in the bottom one but I'm guessing that's just a combination of the angle and the way he's standing.
All in all I think you made a good choice. I think your colt will be easier to keep sound and he's pretty colors to boot! What are your plans for him?
Thanks for the critique Ink!!! They are actually 1/2Paint 1/2TBs...there is really more TB to their lines than anything....here is Rodeo's pedigree, which is the same as horse #1 b/c they are full brothers....Rodeo Time Paint
I agree with everything you said. Horse #2 is over at the knee. He isnt sickle hocked like horse #1 though, but he is very posty in the back. Ive already started to stretch him, hoping that it will loosen him up, and keep him a little more flexible. Here is a back shot of Horse #2
IMO, he seems to be straighter. Occasionally when he is standing he is toed out, but seems to walk with his feet facing the correct direction.
Again, thank you so much for commenting and telling me the differences! I really appreciate it!!!
I dont know, so basically Versatility...from his temperament, he is very willing to do just about anything :D
Anyone else have any thoughts on the two?
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