07-14-2011, 11:20 AM
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Hollywood Jac 86, Great Pine are great non pro horses, Top Sail Whiz can be a good non pro horse. Stay away from likes that are historically cutting lines. Having then in there a bit especially if that horse is a reiner is not a bad things but I do not like to see a lot of strictly cutting horses in a reiners pedigree.
As to conformation. Typically a horse 15hh and under works best. You want a horse with low set hock and NOT at all post legged in the rear. Would rather have one just a tad cycle hocked then post legged. Good strong hip laid back shoulder but not too much. In the back I want a strong back that fits with the horse. I do not want one that is too short or too long although I have found that some of the best lines tend to have horses with longer backs so this is not something that really bothers me as long as it is a clean back and loin. The loin is more important at to the length then the back. I want a good strong looking athletic horse but not a lot of extra bulk.
When I go looking for a prospect I judge them more on how they move then anything. If they do not move like a reiner regardless of what their conformation is like they will not make a reiner.
Also it looks like you are fairly close to me. If you want some names of people who can give you a hand let me know.