EQUUS - - Conformati­on Insights -

Joe Han­cock, who had known Percheron an­ces­try, ex­hibits some char­ac­ter­is­tic “drafty” points of conformati­on. This stal­lion has a “drier” head than many draft crosses and his conformati­on is har­mo­nious, with body bal­ance tilted enough down­hill to ad­van­tage him in rac­ing. Com­pare his conformati­on to Clabber’s—both sired good ranch horses and rop­ers, but my bet would be on Joe Han­cock in a quar­ter-mile sprint.

Jo Jo Han­cock was out of an ex­cel­lent Billy-Rondo mare with a deep pedi­gree con­tain­ing the names of Peter McCue, Texas Chief, Pony Pete, Old Billy and Bar­ney Owens. Though some distaff an­ces­tors are un­known, I doubt they were draft. Note the smooth topline, near-level body bal­ance, rounded pelvis and over­all sub­stan­tial build. His owner, H.P. “Buck” Price, of Clo­vis, New Mex­ico, al­ways re­ferred to this stal­lion as “a roper’s dream horse.”

A se­ries of four Joe Han­cock sons shows the con­for­ma­tional vari­abil­ity that must be ex­pected with cross­breed­ing. This is Red Man (1935), the least drafty-look­ing of the group, whose ears ap­pear stumpy be­cause the tips were frozen off in a bl­iz­zard. Red Man is out of an “un­known” mare, but based on his conformati­on my guess is that she was Billy-Rondo with Thor­ough­bred or Peter McCue but no draft.

Bur­nett Han­cock’s build is less har­mo­nious than Jo Jo’s. Percheron an­ces­try comes out here in the heavy, although shapely, neck, and note the steep, rounded pelvis— com­pare to Dan Case­ment’s stal­lion Buck­shot (page 69). Mas­sively mus­cu­lar, this stal­lion stands on just enough “bone,” although the feet and joints are well formed. BUR­NETT HAN­COCK

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