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Is this guy too chunky to show? UPDATE #116

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  • Is this guy too chunky to show? UPDATE #116

    This horse is supposedly a TWH but has no papers. He is a super comfortable ride, smart horse, and good guy. He can jump around a 2ft 6" course nicely, but I get a range of reactions to him - what a little tank, is there a draft horse in his background, what IS he? So I'm not sure if he's a fit for any hunter/jumper classes.

    I don't know much about conformation, so I'd really appreciate any comments and feed back - please be honest, I won't offended. And any suggestions about what class might work for showing. Here are some pics:

    Last edited by Canterwell; Mar. 14, 2012, 11:05 PM.

  • #2
    What a handsome boy! And look at that tail!

    Reminds me of a Belgian/Paint cross that I once owned. Hot thing he was, but adorable adorable adorable.

    No, he's not too fat. I like him!


    • #3
      Nice looking hunter and a cute jump. If he can do the lines, 3' would be a good division especially with the coloring. Good luck.


      • #4
        I don't think he is too fat at all. Front legs look even and snappy over the jump. One question, don't get offended, does his tail always do that?
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        • #5
          I like my hunters fat and shiny. He looks good. Don't let him lose a lb. Can't believe that he's a TWH.

          Does he have more than 3 paces?


          • #6
            He looks sweet!

            If he can do his job well in a 2'6" or 3' hunter division, march on with it and have fun!


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by Pennywell Bay View Post
              I don't think he is too fat at all. Front legs look even and snappy over the jump. One question, don't get offended, does his tail always do that?
              Thanks, Penny -- do mean how his tail has a high carriage when he jumps? Yes, he always carries it pretty high, and it's noticeable when he jumps.

              Or do you mean how long it is? He has a HUGE tail and I have to keep shortening it.


              • #8
                Hubba Hubba.... just get out there and show! Who cares what "they" say anyway

                Phpft on them
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                • #9
                  Does he gait in between the jumps? I wouldn't think judges would like that much, but he does look very nice over the jumps


                  • #10
                    He's so cool!! I love a horse with substance!!


                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by QM2 View Post
                      I like my hunters fat and shiny. He looks good. Don't let him lose a lb. Can't believe that he's a TWH.

                      Does he have more than 3 paces?
                      Thanks, QM2 -- yes, he has W/T/C but he sometimes slips back into his 4-beat rocking horse TWH canter if he don't keep him forward. He gaits when he's turned out, and under saddle if he gets excited or stressed. The first time it happened, it felt like a big trot, but it was impossible to post - really weird. I asked my riding buddy what the horse as doing, and the reply was "He's racking!" - a term I had never heard before.

                      So he's been a bit of a training project, but surprisingly took to jumping really well.


                      • #12
                        He's handsome and looks very well cared for. The two of you look good together, so show him and have fun.
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                        • #13
                          As long as he doesn't gait and moves fairly well, I'd show him in the 2'6-3'. He's adorable! Can we clone him? I'm a sucker for TWHs...
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                          • #14
                            Good golly, no he's not too fat or odd or whatever! What a looker! Hubba hubba is right!

                            If he has the step, jumps in good form and doesn't gait in the ring, then go for it!!

                            As an adult ammy, I want something safe, quiet and capable, breed be damned.
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                            • #15
                              I'm in live with him!!! Don't change a thing about him.
                              Originally posted by dizzywriter
                              My saddle fits perfectly well. It might be a little tight around the waist, but I take care of that with those spandex things.


                              • #16
                                He cleans up good! Wouldn't change a thing - too bad if anyone looks askance. Just informs you about their limitations - not your lovely horse!


                                • #17
                                  I think he is darling. He might be a Clydesdale cross -- they come in that color. But draft crosses are becoming very popular now.

                                  The only comment I have is that the bridle is not doing his head any favors. He has a, um, very noble head and the thin nose band which is too low, emphasize his, um, nobleness.

                                  The easy thing you can do is to raise the noseband so it is right under his cheekbones (higher than you might normally think it should be) and make sure it is tight enough so it doesn't droop in front.

                                  Try borrowing a thicker nose band to see if you like it better; but always make sure it sits high on his face.
                                  My boy Petey has a noble head and I have found, by trial and error, that this is the look that minimizes it size:
                                  "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

                                  Charles Krauthammer speaking about Trump


                                  • #18


                                    OP, you look great, your horse is adorable, [edit]
                                    Last edited by Moderator 1; Mar. 13, 2012, 01:09 PM. Reason: response to deleted post


                                    • #19
                                      He's darling! You need to take him to shows to show him off! He is not too fat, just nice and round and shiny. He reminds me of a draft cross, but if he gaits then that is probably not the most likely possibility.

                                      ETA: I would take him in any hunter class that is at the right height that you are both eligible for. If he can make it down the lines I bet he would jump adorably over 3'.
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                                      • #20
                                        He looks great. And so do you. Have fun! I'm in mid-tn and see lots of twh horses and your guy definitely has the breedy head. His body looks thicker which I love. And they have a great canter. Lots of twh can jump. Go for it.
                                        Last edited by ParadoxFarm; Mar. 13, 2012, 11:31 AM. Reason: Typo
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