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Re: [RC] Conformation - rides2far

John Henry won horse of the year twice - five years old and 9 years 

Yep, but he was gelded because he had a nasty termperment. How many of
the great stallions were retired young to breed who could have run more?
So many variables.

Yes, Frank, I agree the brain is part of the package. We have a local vet
who used to claim he's never done a prepurchase where he couldn't find
something wrong with the horse. Well, he finally found one and gave it a
100% endorsement. That horse turned out to be GRADE 3 lame brain!  I
tried him out when they wanted to sell him but he was a huge pain in the
butt...and guess what...when somebody did buy him they were trail riding
him and he bowed a tendon. >g<  Meanwhile, same vet told me Kaboot wasn't
really built to handle endurance (didn't like his knees) and he competed
11 years and 3050 miles, 7 100's. His knees were never a problem.

I still don't feel like I'm a great judge of conformation but I could
look at a picture of Brown R Timothy all day. Look at the length of his
forearm compared to his cannons...then compare to Bearcat O'Reilly...two
totally different animals, who if I remember correctely excelled on a
different style course. Timothy was great on an OD type course. Bearcat
excelled on the flat, sandy course. I wish I could have gotten a better
shot of Jayel Super. He just wasn't in the mood to pose that day. He did
roll for me though. :-)



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