Friday, July 27, 2007

A good horse is never a bad color, but a bad horse can be a good color - Part II, Palomino Quarter Horses

Palomino is such a pretty color. Ever since Roy Rogers rode Trigger, generations of American horsepeople have wanted a golden horse of their very own with a flowing mane and tail - and this stallion does not disappoint. Unfortunately, most Breyer models are better put together than this guy. He's downhill, even though he's a mature stallion - he's not going to level up.

He's as long as a 1979 Lincoln Town Car, and those back legs are posty as posty can be! Like the horses we looked at a few days ago, this one is in excellent condition and weight and presented nicely - but structurally, he's just not stallion quality.

This colt is still a yearling, so I can both hope that he'll become more level and that he'll become a gelding. Wow, check out how that neck attaches! Won't have to worry about this one picking up his head too high in the show ring. He can't. Unfortunately, that thick necked look is not what they want to see in the pleasure ring, either.

He's calf kneed, straight in the shoulder and there's no wither there to hold a saddle in place. But hey, all he needs is time and a "brain surgery" and I'm sure he'll be the pretty colored horse of some 11 year old 4-Her's dreams. He'll never be stallion quality.

OK, here's what they are supposed to look like. Yes, this is a world champion and I know not everything can be a world champion, but you can get a whole lot closer to the ideal than the two above!

Look how compact this stallion is. Compact is good. It allows a horse to stop and turn quickly, a skill that is needed in a wide variety of disciplines. Although his hocks are obscured by his tail, I can still see that his hock is where it belongs and not located weirdly underneath him like the Okapi-like halter horse I posted previously. He has withers - the saddle will not roll off his back. His shoulder angle is exactly where it should be, at a 45 degree slant. He has a well defined throatlatch and an attractive and classic QH head. By the way, he's 91% foundation bred so those of you who think I just don't like foundation QH's, take note. I like them when they look like this. I just don't like them when they look like the one above this.

I'm going to do something I don't normally do and post a link, because quite frankly, I find this too appalling not to. You know, I'm pretty open minded. I'm not even opposed to rescues also having a breeding operation - IF they're breeding quality individuals that aren't going to wind up as rescues. Not the case here. Hey, I'm glad you folks are rescuing, but when you advertise this colt as "stallion material," that tells me you need to stay out of the breeding business, because clearly you do not possess even a passing acquaintance with the AQHA breed standard and market. And yes, that colt is in crappy condition but he won't look a whole lot better when he's not. He will make a nice GELDING. Please GELD him. Immediately.