13 yr old Spotted Draft Critique - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 5 Old 03-05-2014, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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13 yr old Spotted Draft Critique

This is Leonidas. He is 13yrs old, 16h and a draft mutt! He is broke to ride/drive and is a good useful guy! When I got him he was very overweight and had horrible flared/overgrown hooves which are being improved slowly. Let me know what you think of him and what type of draft you think he might be crossed with? I know the saddle doesnt help critiques but these are all I can find right now. Also excuse my chair seat! My riding has improved since then








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post #2 of 5 Old 03-05-2014, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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I know he is a little over at the knee, pigeon toed and cow hocked...
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-05-2014, 08:18 AM
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This is a VERY nice horse. His shoulder lays back well and his neck is set on correctly. His front leg is correct but he is a little dropped in the front pasterns. His topline is super and he has a very strong coupling with a nice croup and a well placed tail indicating his backbone is correct. His hocks are a little high and he is a little bit straight through the hock due to a slightly short gaskin.

He has large feet and looks to have good hoof walls although he could have a better farrier. He stands a bit close behind but I would not call him cowhocked.

Very nice horse. A do it all sort. I wonder how he is over fences? I wonder if he can get his knees up.. some horses like this are two muscled in front to lift their knees well.

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I was hoping you would stop in and critique Elana! I'm new but have been reading/lurking for a while and love your informative crit's. My current farrier has taken alot of the flare off so far but has NOT done alot to balance him...I'm in the process of networking to find a better draft/draft cross trimmer. He's always tender after trimming and it shouldn't be that way. He does seem to do well trimming my TB and Arab however...not sure why he treats the draft differently than them but anyhow..

The pics don't do justice to how heavy he is! He is heavy on the forehand and a very slow, clumpy drafty mover. Really has to be pushed to canter but he does have the nicest trot. In the one picture you can see the tiny jumps that were set up from when I was working out my TB mare....he just trampled right over them LOL. It would take alot of work to get him to pick his feet up enough to effectively go over a small crossrail which is why he's the fiancee/beginner friend/playing around trail riding mount for now! He'd do nice in w/t english classes for a beginner.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-05-2014, 09:24 AM
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All I can say is, he's LOVELY!
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