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Thoughts on this horse's confirmation as a hunter/jumper

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  • #2
    Hollow/Sway back, built downhill. Not a good start. That said how old is he??? He may be high in the back right now because he has not finished growing?


    • Original Poster

      She's a 4 year old quarter horse.


      • #4
        There are many examples of horses achieving great things, despite their conformation.

        Based off of conformation alone, I would say based off of this photo that this is a poor candidate for a hunter jumper horse.

        Basically I like to see a horse with a smooth, strong top line, this horse does not have that.
        Appears down hill
        Awkward poorly developed neck (big under muscle, low set, held high)
        Upright shoulder
        Weak loin connection
        Sickle hocked

        It looks like this horse would find it difficult to carry itself in a frame, lifting from behind.
        APPSOLUTE CHOCKLATE - Photo by Kathy Colman


        • #5
          Originally posted by teasler0 View Post
          Thoughts on this horse's confirmation as a hunter/jumper

          Is the horse Catholic? Otherwise, I am not sure you can confirm a horse.

          Is there a hunter Catechism?


          • #6
            No. That is all.
            Originally posted by Nickelodian
            We jump horses. Over sticks. For fun.
            Never take life too seriously. Nobody makes it out alive anyway.
            Regulus RDL


            • #7
              I just hate most CL advertisers pics. They are SO bad. Cute hores, though!
              “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
              ¯ Oscar Wilde


              • #8
                Yep. With those conformational challenges, this could be a cute schoolie, Western, or pleasure horse. (They can't all have great conformation.) Hunter/jumper? No. That said, if it's just local shows, just for fun, small jumps, and you love the horse, that could be another story.
                Born under a rock and owned by beasts!


                • #9
                  I can't tell anything about the horse from that picture. Could be a nice horse, could be horrible, can't tell with the angle of the shot, the position of the head over the top wire, and the lighting.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RAyers View Post
                    Is the horse Catholic? Otherwise, I am not sure you can confirm a horse.

                    Is there a hunter Catechism?
                    Or a political appointee. Personally I doubt this horse would make a good federal judge, regardless of its position on the Second Amendment.


                    • #11
                      I think this is just a bad picture. Horse seems to be standing on not level ground. I would say that this is a SMART horse, as he does not appear to have been cut by the barbwire. If I did that I guarantee multiple serious lacerations......by the barbwire.
                      Last edited by Sugarbrook; Dec. 20, 2012, 10:31 AM. Reason: typo
                      hunter/jumper ponies


                      • #12
                        FWIW, all joking aside -- this picture is so bad that you can't really tell. If the horse is truly downhill with a straight hind leg, ewe neck and cow hocked, then no, I wouldn't pick her up. As none of that is confirmable (ha!) through this extremely awkward photo, if she were $500 or less I'd go look.


                        • #13
                          That horse isn't sway backed

                          That is an awfully unflattering photo to judge conformation by.
                          Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans


                          • #14
                            It is just a really bad conformation shot period. She is standing downhill, her neck is bent toward the camera with the head over the top of the fence (distorting her proportions). Because of the way she is up close to the fence, she is leaning forward a bit. She is not swaybacked. She has a nice length of hip, and has a nice loin. She does not have a ewe neck. She appears a little light below the knees. Most of all, attitude is everything. You never know. She's cute enough to go have a look at her.


                            • #15
                              Back end is on higher ground, head turned like that - it's impossible to tell anything about her conformation from that picture. Why the heck do sellers bother with pictures like this? I saw an ad for a horse for sale. Horse was in a blanket lying down in a stall. What the hell? I'm convinced that many ads are for horses that someone's mother or husband wants to sell but the owner doesn't, so they post pics like that in their ads.

                              Yes, go buy that horse and get her out of that barbed wire paddock.


                              • #16
                                Email the owner and ask for a better pic.
                                "A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character." - Tesio