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post #1 of 7 Old 07-15-2013, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Anglo Arab potential purchase

Hey all, I know these pics aren't the greatest but I wanted to see what you all thought about this horse. He is not in consistent riding shape and is used as a trail horse. He is a sweetheart and his temperment is wonderful, but conformation-wise I want to make sure I won't run into problems down the road. Thanks so much!!
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Also (slightly off topic) what can I do to improve his topline aside from lots of hill work?
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How old is this horse? Can you get better photos? She is standing funky in the first photo throwing off her angles.
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How old is this horse? Can you get better photos? She is standing funky in the first photo throwing off her angles.
I can, but it will take several days at the least. He's 13. I know, they're not good pics but they're what I have.
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How old is this horse? Can you get better photos? She is standing funky in the first photo throwing off her angles.
Sorry, I forgot I had this one.
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Also (slightly off topic) what can I do to improve his topline aside from lots of hill work?
I bet that with consistent work, his back will start looking a whole lot better.
The other thing I see is that the saddle he's wearing in those pictures appears to be too narrow and would certainly hinder topline development.
So if you were able to find a well fitting saddle [my Arab is a hard fit too - the angle of semi-QH bars is right...but it's too narrow, FQHB is the wrong angle...with the right width, and Arab is the right angles...but the wrong width! haha] I bet his topline would start looking pretty good.

I really like his hind end angles as well! He doesn't have the most chunky butt out there, but the angles are almost correct = great for him to have an easy time "working from behind" and using his hind end for propulsion.

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I bet that with consistent work, his back will start looking a whole lot better.
The other thing I see is that the saddle he's wearing in those pictures appears to be too narrow and would certainly hinder topline development.
So if you were able to find a well fitting saddle [my Arab is a hard fit too - the angle of semi-QH bars is right...but it's too narrow, FQHB is the wrong angle...with the right width, and Arab is the right angles...but the wrong width! haha] I bet his topline would start looking pretty good.

I really like his hind end angles as well! He doesn't have the most chunky butt out there, but the angles are almost correct = great for him to have an easy time "working from behind" and using his hind end for propulsion.
Thanks! Yeah, it was a bit narrow but I'm tiny and so his owners gave me that saddle to try him in. The saddle comes with his purchase but I'm primarily an English rider and will probably be doing some lunging/round pen work before I ride him consistently under saddle anyway.

Good to hear about his hind end! He uses his forehand too much for my liking so you can bet I'll be working on propulsion from the hind.
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