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post #1 of 6 Old 07-23-2017, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Possible hunter prospect

I've had this mare for 3 years. I have my big warmblood so I've never really considered her for jumping but she's real athletic and I think she could win some hunter shows. She's a 9YO registered American quarter horse. She's beautiful and comfortable under saddle and she can jump the moon, but I worry she's kind of down hill. Though I'm not always sure because sometimes she looks even. I've put her on many different surfaces standing square and I can't quite tell if she's downhill or not. If she is it is certainly something some dressage could fix. P.S I can't find pictures that don't highlight how downhill she is I'm gonna take one that's better soon because these all are at a weird angle and with tack
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-23-2017, 09:50 PM
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If she seems downhill to you, try working on some serious neck work for a couple of weeks. When you ask for a bend, she's not using just using her neck, it goes all the way to her back, using and strengthening those muscles to give her a top line.
Wishing you and your cute hunter some luck!
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-24-2017, 02:09 AM
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I have yet to meet an AQHO that is not downhill. not really. some will say , NO , my qh is not downhill. and some aren't, but every one I've ever seen was. it's part of what makes them good at cow work


That horse looks pretty even and like a nice overall 'using' horse, to me.

I recently rode a sweet Qh who was so downhill that it felt like I was riding one horse in front, and anotehr for the hind legs. very , very hard to find my balance in his dressage saddle, and felt really odd to me . . . .
I know a lot of folks like such a horse, and in a western saddle, you don't feel it as much.
I think for this posted horse, you won't need to worry about it. there is not much of a down hill orientation for this one.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-24-2017, 10:52 AM
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She doesn't look particularly downhill from those pics and if you're competing in AQHA hunter classes they're all going to be much the same conformation anyway.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-24-2017, 06:50 PM
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She definitely has a downhill point of balance but it doesn't mean she can't jump or become a working hunter or hunter over fences.

My quarab was very downhill and did dressage. He topped out schooling 2nd-3rd (potential to go higher but not desire), it was too hard on his stifles but is now jumping 3ft+ courses with scope to go higher as a hunter over fences. He loves it and has had no problems. If she's happy and confident, I wouldn't worry about it. You can improve the quality of their gaits and make them more uphill but to what degree depends on the horse.
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