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post #1 of 14 Old 09-11-2014, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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What Type of Horse is he?

My family just received two geldings from a family friend who's wife just passed away. We were told they were both quarter horses, but when we saw the two geldings side by side we were positive that the little guy who's photo is posted below is something different. He is considerably smaller than the other gelding, his head is of a different shape and his hooves are a lot smaller. Temperament wise he is the more dominant of the two geldings despite being at least 200lbs lighter and we are having a little more difficulty integrating him with my mothers very dominant thoroughbred mare (he does not want to back down). However, He is easy to catch and once a lead rope is latched on he goes wherever the handler wants without issue. My mother thinks he may be either a Morgan or some type of Arabian/ quarter horse cross. I figured I would post a couple of his photos and of him and get some other opinions. Thanks
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-11-2014, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Here is another photo that shows the shape of his head a little better
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-11-2014, 11:42 PM
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I don't have any reason to think he is not a qh. maybe more a foundation type.

he is a bit chubby, and his dapples are more common with Morgans, so that's possible. Arab? not from those photos.
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post #4 of 14 Old 09-11-2014, 11:45 PM
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It is really hard to tell without a full conformation shot, but you've got to remember that horse's come in all shapes and sizes, and different lines in the same breeds can look considerably different. I have a registered TB mare that not one person has guessed she is full TB, guesses are always some type of warmblood, or appendix actually. Not saying this guy isn't something else, but just keep in mind that there are SO many variations out there depending on the specific breeding (lines, what the horse was bred for, etc etc) of said horse. ;)
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Thanks. I will try to get a better photo. Also it got noticed that he is a little fat. Our family friend who was taking care of him while his wife was very ill tried his best but is not a horse person (actually neither am I, but my mother is). We are pretty sure they were getting a little over fed especially since they were not getting ridden,. There feed has been significantly reduced to get them both back to a more appropriate weight.
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-12-2014, 09:14 AM
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That is definitely a Quarter Horse.
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-12-2014, 09:57 AM
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My guess would definitely be quarter horse as well. You have to remember that QH's especially come in just about every shape, size, and personality because they are used for so many different things. In general they tend to be a little stockier, a little shorter, a little less high strung... But I can think of several that are none of those! There is a really cute picture floating around from some big QH show of 2 chestnut gelding standing side by side. One is a stocky little reiner at like 14 hands and the other is a warmblood looking jumper at like 17. Both QH's. It's pretty cute.
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-12-2014, 10:22 AM
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Quarter Horse. They come in various shapes and sizes depending on their breeding and I think his lack of a forelock makes his head look larger and wider than it should. And don't be mislead by height. I've known a few purebred QH's who were well under the 15hh mark. There's no Arab coming through in him and he doesn't look like any Morgan I've ever seen. And his dapples to me merely signify a healthy coat, rich in certain vitamins. It's a good thing but not necessarily a permanent feature.
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-12-2014, 10:36 AM
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A little fat is always better than a little thin.

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-12-2014, 10:47 AM
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The "meaty" head and facial muscles make me think he is a QH for sure. He could be a crossbreed though, sometimes that's hard to tell. But even in purebreds it's difficult. I used to have a Saddlebred and people would swear she was an arab even though she was a registered ASB.
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