Meet Maximus, my sweetheart recreational lummox. We trail ride and compete at the smallest of the backyard local shows. We have some basic backyard dressage lessons under our belt but hack out in comfy barrel gear.
Not sure I got him squared up all that well on my own... I detest when people submit pasture photos and want to know what others think... I hope these are decent enough.
Anyway, have at 'im. Love him to pieces, regardless of his taboo existance and imperfections. Just as long as he lasts me a long, long time!
P.s. I didn't realise my halter was fitted so poorly! Such a pet peeve of mine, too!
He has a rather long back, but has great bone and has the look of a horse that has the confo to last many years. I can see why you would be uber fond of him. I find I cannot help smiling when I look at him. He jess has that effect, don't he?
I'm trying to improve my eye on confo so this is what I see (but don't take it as anything more than an amateur opinion...)
I don't see a particularly long back
His rear pasterns look a bit on the upright side, but maybe this is just the photo?
Hocks are set a little high, but good bone all round
I have the idea that his toes in the front could do with bringing back a bit, but again it's difficult to tell with the sand in the arena
Is he a tad back at the knee?
But nothing that would make me kick him out of the barn - in fact, I'd probably invite him in. He looks like a nice, sturdy little horse.
Awww thanks guys!! He's the kind of horse little girls day dream about... you know the image of reading a good book, laying on your horse's back while he grazes loose in some meadow? That's totally him. You can lay on him and snuggle loose in the pasture during meal time, herd all around you and he'll take care of you (course, it does help that I have The Voice of Reason among all the other horses, lol!). He's just awesome.
Calf-kneed! Yes... I knew this. Never saw the sickled hocks. Feet are due for a trim and she does not tuck the toe in on the fronts as aggressively as I'd like.
Chuckled about the long back comments. I spent a good while searching high and low for a short enough pad to go under my shorty 24" saddle. Found a 28" pad that does not interfere with his hip, finally! I'm even resisting a coloured show pad to lay over my working pad cause I hate how huge they all are! 34" is ridiculous. I do see some horses with these things looking like quarter sheets when they enter the ring. I refuse to do it in my little backyard shows!
You have to wear monster spurs when you ride Maximus or he makes you work WAY harder than himself. Have a spur and you barely have to touch him. Don't and you flap like a chicken up top.
Interestingly, I did have one of my better wrecks on this horse. He spun out of the ditch in a startle and inertia dropped me onto the frozen gravel road, breaking a rib. Very telling to me though that I had not a SECOND of hesitation climbing back on him, in English gear, no less just as soon as I could. It was a freak accident that any horse would have reacted much more violently to and any rider would have had a hard time sitting. In fact, if I hadn't tried so hard to hang on and turn it into a "training moment", I may have just landed in said soft ditch!
Did I mention that we're both ridiculously stubborn? You have to be to 'win' anything with this boy. It's just his way. And I know the hubby is happy to have me working out so much of that side of my personality out on someone other than him!
The only thing I see that's wrong is that he is just a tad sicklehocked as the others have said and somewhat cowhocked in the hind right foot.
You can definitely see the Fjord in there, which would account for the slightly longish back. It's not terribly long, though, so no worries ;)
Maybe it's just his legs seemed short , and his neck , too,compared to the back that gave the impression of a long back. I see now that he isn't really long backed. He is pretty rectangular in overal shape, rather than square.