Hi all! I'm looking for an eventing prospect and was wondering what you all thought about his conformation and whether or not he would be able to compete in the sport. I've never owned an eventer, so I'm not sure what exactly to look for. FYI: he is a 17.1 hh 4 year-old gelding, never raced, lightly ridden but never officially "green-broke", which I'm fine with. He's actually a very nice mover. He has a long stride and he steps under himself nicely. It's not perfect, but for no training it's definitely a very good start.
What I thought: His back doesn't seem too long (but now I'm second-guessing my judgement...), and I know it could use some muscling, but he hasn't been worked for over a year, so I'm confident that would come with time. He also seems a little downhill to me, which I know can often make it harder to engage the hindquarters. I had a few questions: Are his legs bowed inwards in the front? Is he too downhill to be successful in dressage (we're not talking grand-prix here, but at least lower to maybeee mid levels, in the event that we would get that far with him)?
Thanks in advance, I would really appreciate some input before I show him to my trainer! Any help is welcome!!!