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post #11 of 18 Old 10-01-2017, 05:07 PM
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Oh, that's it! That's why I like him! I absolutely love the way they look, especially stallions.

I suppose I never grew out of the big, black stallion phase - even though I bought myself the complete opposite - a short, big-barreled paint mare :)

Silly, I know, but as the old saying goes - De gustibus non discutandum :)
It's not silly :) As a kid I always fantasised about Arabians. I had an imaginary grey Arabian mare. I tried a bunch of other horses in between, but found my way back to my dream horse.
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post #12 of 18 Old 10-01-2017, 05:10 PM
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I had a tiny, 1/2" plastic horse that looked exactly like the first picture. ♡
This comment is too adorable :)
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post #13 of 18 Old 10-01-2017, 08:44 PM
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I don't think his neck is actually that thick. You're just seeing an arching neck with a flowing mane that makes it look thicker. In fact, he doesn't seem to have "thick" features at all to me. But maybe we're just all seeing him with our own rose-coloured glasses :) I like horses with more delicate features. My QH (avatar) has an even finer muzzle and legs than my Arab! Either way, he is stunning! I like the picture of the hindquarters for some reason. Maybe I'm a butt gal :)

Oh, and my latin is quite rusty, but De gustibus non discutandum has to mean "Les goûts ne se discutent pas" in French. What my mother always said when she wanted to suggest someone's outfit was ugly. Even though it really means you can't discuss taste.
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post #14 of 18 Old 10-01-2017, 09:33 PM
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The horse not only has a lovely arched neck and a nice look to him -- but his movement looks fantastic! Nice floaty-looking trot, reaching up and under, and all four feet off the ground in the photo? Oooooohhh!
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post #15 of 18 Old 10-01-2017, 11:25 PM
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Yes, nice extension, but the only gait I know, where a horse has all four feet off the ground, is a lope ( canter)
A trot or jog, is a tow beat gait, while a lope has a moment of suspension, after the final beat of those three beats that make up a lope or canter (outside hind, then inside hind and outside front together, then inside (lead front leg), then a moment of suspension, before repeat.
Beats are counted when the leg (s) making them, hit the ground
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post #16 of 18 Old 10-02-2017, 08:26 AM
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Yes, nice extension, but the only gait I know, where a horse has all four feet off the ground, is a lope ( canter)
A trot or jog, is a tow beat gait, while a lope has a moment of suspension, after the final beat of those three beats that make up a lope or canter (outside hind, then inside hind and outside front together, then inside (lead front leg), then a moment of suspension, before repeat.
Beats are counted when the leg (s) making them, hit the ground
Well, that's technically true Smilie, but I've seen Harley, our Arab, do this floaty trot when he's excited about something. And those four feet do come off the ground, though very briefly! It's a very springy gait.
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post #17 of 18 Old 10-02-2017, 11:32 AM
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Yes, that spring gait is nice to watch, where a horse seems to float.
Getting back to the original topic, I guess a 'nice; horse to me, is first evaluated observing his conformation and movement, but the final judgement, is made when you actually ride or handle him, as the mind and attitude trumps.
I've know some horses that look beautiful, moving at liberty, but were never the kind of 'nice' horse that I enjoy having around and handling or riding
The Crimson War bred stud I raised, when still falling for the idea of breeding to a 'pretty halter horse, was a prime example. he was a very good looking horse, with beautiful movement, but when riding him, he fell into the 'no brains home', class, LOL
Here he is as a yearling

Rambo yearling.jpg
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post #18 of 18 Old 10-02-2017, 11:47 AM
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A truly suspended trot does have a phase when all four hooves are off the ground. Google 'trot suspension' and look at the images. Lots of horses free at the trot doing it, as well as ridden horses, dressage horse especially. A standardbred has a huge trot suspension phase, too. Even my old quarter horse gelding used to have a huge suspension at the trot on cool autumn mornings when we'd go out to gather cattle. The neighbors used to joke that I was riding a dressage horse for about 15 minutes every morning!
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