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post #1 of 18 Old 06-27-2013, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Appaloosa Gelding: Jumper

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I have decided to see what you all have to say about the confirmation on Rusty. He is purebred appaloosa, 13.3hh. Do you think he would make a good jumper with confirmation like this?







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post #2 of 18 Old 06-27-2013, 05:29 PM
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As usual, Appy's are too cute for words! But, Rusty is back at the knee, which means that it is not the best conformation for jumping. His pastern angle is a bit low, and his back is long and seems to sag somewhat.
That's looking at his photo, not knowing his personality. He looks perky and probably has a lot of go-go, so he's probably fun to ride. He does have a lot of good bone in his legs and maybe he's just sturdy enough that being a bit back at the knee won't matter.
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As you can see, confirmation isn't everything. This little guy is the last horse I would ever expect to be a jumper but his heart loves it.
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I kind of suspected that by the expression on his face.

Just out of curiosity, why did you ask? I mean if you know he jumps well, why ask about the conformation and if he'd be good for jumping or not?
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before you posted jumping photos, I was going to say he looks to have a nice open shoulder and would be tight with his front end... but his back is a little long and he might be a little flat or a little laggy with his hind end. I am feeling pretty good about being correct. LOL

He is nice and tight and also very careful (he does not want to touch that jump). However his back takes and flattens out the scope his front starts with. He has a good hind leg so can get some loft, which helps him.

His heels seem a little low on his front feet.. like his toes were trimmed and dubbed and his heels left a little short. Difficult angle to judge.

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One thing I don't like is that his hind legs are off-set in several of the jumping pictures. However, that could be the result of rider error or a bad take-off. The rest of him was already covered by other posters.
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his a bit back at the knee, his back is a bit long and needs to be worked up. Very cute though, pretty head.

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I asked because I know too many people who would judge a horse just on their confirmation and if their confirmation wasn't good, they would deem the horse useless to whatever discipline they are selected for. I just wanted to show people that confirmation isn't everything. I recently posted a confirmation post on a horse that I was looking at buying and everyone said that he wouldn't be a very good jumper and he too is pretty good. So I just wanted to prove a minor point is all. Plus I kinda wanted to know what everyone thought of Rusty. He was starved as a foal otherwise he would be about 16hh like his parents so he is a little oddly portioned.


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A lot of times critiquers aren't looking at the horse as just a low level jumper, but rather higher levels. Any horse can try, and any horse can improve, but every horse has it's limit and conformation plays a big role in how limited the animal will be. Granted, some horses have a LOT of heart and can make up for some of their conformation, but the way they are built plays a big part not just in how they perform NOW but also how long they will last in the future.

For example, I have a 5 year old mini mare. She has a TON of drive and loves to work, so I taught her to pull a cart. She loves it. However, her conformation is poor and she has a clubbed foot as well as a straight back, straight shoulder, and high croup. Those things don't hinder her ability to pull the cart, how much fun I have driving her, or how much she enjoys having a job, but they SIGNIFICANTLY affect how hard I can work her, how she looks under cart, how she looks when she's pulling the cart (she'd never make it as a cart show horse), and how much weight she can pull.
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A lot of times critiquers aren't looking at the horse as just a low level jumper, but rather higher levels. Any horse can try, and any horse can improve, but every horse has it's limit and conformation plays a big role in how limited the animal will be. Granted, some horses have a LOT of heart and can make up for some of their conformation, but the way they are built plays a big part not just in how they perform NOW but also how long they will last in the future.

For example, I have a 5 year old mini mare. She has a TON of drive and loves to work, so I taught her to pull a cart. She loves it. However, her conformation is poor and she has a clubbed foot as well as a straight back, straight shoulder, and high croup. Those things don't hinder her ability to pull the cart, how much fun I have driving her, or how much she enjoys having a job, but they SIGNIFICANTLY affect how hard I can work her, how she looks under cart, how she looks when she's pulling the cart (she'd never make it as a cart show horse), and how much weight she can pull.
I will say that you have a good point.


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