Lilruffian, is a steep shoulder the same as a straight or vertical shoulder? What I could find on the internet basically said they wouldn't have good form over fences and couldn't elongate their stride. If this is the case, this may explain his bouncy trot;). On a good note, sometimes it looks like he's dancing when he's trotting. I can see what you are talking about on the cowhock thing, but sometimes when I get him standing straight, I can't see it though. He has virtually no muscle on his body right now, he was at least a hundred pounds underweight when I bought him. His spine and ribs were pretty prominent and his feet were HORRIBLE, so all things considered I think he is doing really well. Overall to me, he looks like a very eye-appealing horse, but I am biased. Thanks for your comments.