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I'm thinking of entering my 21-year old Paso Fino gelding in a halter class at our county fair. Do you think he would be up for the competition? I would just enter him as a 4-H member. I'm still new to the horse confo critique world, so be patient with me lol. I personally think he has a lovely neck arch and pretty good overall confo, but I'd like to get some others' opinions. I have another question....he has a foggy eye that's the result of stress from keeping the mare from the other gelding a year ago. It will never go away, but I treat it with medicine my vet prescribes when it gets especially foggy so the fogginess goes away a little. Will this fault count against us in a halter class? Here's some pictures of my gelding. They're not the best, but they'll do (I hope):


I had him in a bad setup in the above position because he didn't want to stand still for the picture lol. I love his neck here, though!


The above is just for his head and neck critique, as the rest of him is blanketed :). There's something about his lower lip here....I can't put my finger on it. It's at an odd angle or something.


How does his weight look in the above picture? I was struggling to keep weight on him for a while when he was herding the mare around all the time, but I found a senior feed and he's doing much better on it. The above pic is his current weight. Does it look okay?










He was cocking his right hind leg in the above and below pic, so it's not a great pic. (I swear I don't usually go around taking pics of horse butts lol. I've heard people ask for pictures from the back for confo advice though so I put them in here)






His neck and throatlatch^


From the front^


Thanks so much for taking the time to critique him. Sorry for the sheer number of pics.....I didn't know which would and wouldn't be helpful:)
 

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If your showing in 4-H it is a showmanship class not a conformation class. In other words, he could look like a goat and it wouldn't matter because YOU are the one being judged. You need to learn fitting and showmanship and teach him to square up and stand still.
 

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It's showmanship at halter. The object is the fitting of the horse and the exibitors showmanship rather than the conformation of the horse. It makes it fair to those kids whose parents can't spend alot of money on fancy horses.
 

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Kevin is right. Are you a 4-h member? They don't judge the horse's confirmation. In 4-h (usually) everyone will have different breeds and some of them you don't even know the breed.
 

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I'm going to join a 4-H group soon. There's one in particular that I'm looking at because the leader judges horse shows and helps out with dog agility, which I do with my JRT's and lab.

Can I have him critiqued anyway please? And how does his weight look in the third pic? I'm worrying I'm overfeeding him.
 

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I personally dont think that he would go well for halter, halther horses are generally very muscled and have very "pin" legs. I mean, theres no harm in trying for you. If you were to do showmanship its all based on you, can you get your horse to turn on the forehand and hindend, back up and whatnot easily?
 

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Most county fairs do just showmanship for 4-H, but for open you can enter halter classes specifically on conformation. They usually do this show the saturday before the fair starts in our county.

Showmanship is kinda a pain,but it does show what kind of ground manners your horse has on the ground and whatnot. Most people consider it unecessary, but I think of it as a basic warm up for all of your other classes.

If you want him based on conformation, check out the fair book and see what kind of open classes they offer. And, join a 4-H group! I have been a member for almost nine years and have had lots of fun :wink:
 

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I personally dont think that he would go well for halter, halther horses are generally very muscled and have very "pin" legs. I mean, theres no harm in trying for you. If you were to do showmanship its all based on you, can you get your horse to turn on the forehand and hindend, back up and whatnot easily?
I believe that you are thinking of Quarter Horse Halter... There are halter classes designed around other breeds too!!!
 

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I do not know anything about the 4-H shows but I wanted to say that he is handsome! Good luck with the showing!
 
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