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This colt is now 7 months old. Would like to use him as a english/dressage and western pleasure. Not competing at a national level just local shows. It is ok if you do not like him as I appreciate honesty overall else. He has great movement and length of stride. Thanks in Advance. Some pics are at various ages and I know conformation on youngsters can change. Sorry the pics are not perfect. Hard to get by yourself. Mammal Vertebrate Colt Foal Horse

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He looks good to me. I doubt he will make a halter horse- his muscle mass is light compared to a halter horse of his age.

He might be a tad over in the knee in his baby pictures, but I think he is already outgrowing that. He also might be a little narrow behind. Nothing I would be concerned about and for local shows you should be fine. :D

He does stand camped under in some of the pictures but he is not standing squarely so I would not pay much attention to that.

The mare and stallion's conformation may give you a better idea of what he will turn out like. For what you want him to do, I would not worry about his conformation.

Arthritis can have a genetic link, and even a pretty looking horse can have bad X rays. If the parents are sound, I would not be concerned.

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Thank you for your critique. His mother had a injection after his birth that caused her to get several accesses and her milk to dry up. Although she could not nurse him, he stayed by her side. They bottle fed him every hour as he stood right at her belly. She hung on till he was weaned but they could not save her. Here know he has a lot of catching up to do. I have him on premium food and so only time will tell. He is already as tall as my mare that is 15.2.
 

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I think he will be good for you. Both parents are lovely and I'm sorry to hear about mom.
He is flashy and handsome (looks smart too) and correct for his age. And while he is not a competitive halter prospect (not necessarily a bad thing..) you never said you wanted that, correct? I think he will be able to do what you want and more. Would love to see a video.

ETA he looks more English type to me. He seems to have a naturally high (but nice) headset, and I think is maybe opposite of what you would look for as a WP prospect (and the opposite of what you would train your English horse for). I'm sure he could do it for fun, just seems a little opposite from where you want to go and what he would be suitable for, but no expert here!
 

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His brother does dressage and english as did his mom. His dad did reining and cutting. What would you suggest he would be good at? No not looking for a halter horse but a performance horse. :) he is homozygous for color but not sure I want to keep him a stallion. His father is super gentle stallion and I wasn't able to meet his mom. I thought he was pot bellied when I got him but he is starting to look better. He has had three deworming and is on pellets twice daily and alfalfa hay free feeding. Thank you! :)
 

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Not very good at this/don't really know what I know so take it with a grain of salt lol.
I would stick with English stuff with him, though I am sure he could do both. He has nice movement but low and sweeping rather than flashy. Don't hesitate to do dressage but I think that would aim him more towards HUS type stuff. Reining/cutting would mean a horse that can really get under himself and move/turn quickly. (I believe I have heard this is sometimes a good match) I wonder how he would do jumping? He could sit down and turn while having more of a jumping confo than a cutter would. He's still a baby give him time to grow (and change!) before you make up your mind, atm he is lanky and awkward (and cute). I think his upright headset makes him look more the part than his confo necessarily does at this point in time. If you want a very good critique I would hunt up the member Elana and ask her, she is excellent at it and will probably need to correct me lol.
 

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Thanks I am new here and appreciate any insight you all have! I will have to post pics as he matures. :)
 

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Some times you can see into the heart of the horse through his eyes. You can see greatness there. Something that you don't see in another horse. This is how I choose my horses. They speak to me in the way they look and the way they move and that inner spark. I have a friend who only chooses the horse with a perfect conformation and most end up lame. I know someone that shows here and they butte the horse up before a show and that horse is lame as lame can be. Yet she wins first place almost every time. So for those of you that have people telling you your horse is less than perfect don't worry because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thank you for everyone that took their time to critique my baby and look forward to posting a pic later so you can do it again in the future.
 

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There are NO PERFECT HORSES.
Something everyone should remember.

If you BREED, then you have a huge responsibility to form and function. If you are just looking for a critique of a horse then that is what you will get.

If you want a perfect horse, then go buy a painting....
 

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I think most of us know our horses are not perfect or even close to perfect and are looking for a critique for that reason. Just wanting to know where their weakness may lie and what the horse may or may not be good at performance wise. Plus with a young horse there are some that can study them and know somewhat how they will turn out. Where some of us just look at the parents and hope for the best. That is what is so great about these forums. Genetics can be perfect on both side and you can still get a train wreck of a horse. Maybe not in conformation but perhaps in Health or temperament. I guess all we can do is our homework and strive for the best. ;) I am learning and love when someone tells me what is wrong and what is right. It helps me to know for the future. Thanks
 
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