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post #1 of 4 Old 11-26-2012, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Appaloosa Jumper Critique

This is a gelding I have had my eye of for a while. Just wondering what you guys think about his conformation. He is a Reg. Appaloosa 10 years old around 16 hands. I am looking for a jnew jumper.



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post #2 of 4 Old 11-26-2012, 08:30 PM
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What level are you planning on jumping? I personally like him a lot.

If you were wanting to really move up in jumping and/or eventing I would be cautious about how slight of bone he seems in the lower legs. It may also be a shadow, but he looks like he may stand under at the knee ever so slightly.
Also, he seems short and upright in the shoulder and pasterns (which shows in his jumping picture, without a lot of tuck in the knees).

I like his overall outline. The way his neck is set into the chest and shoulder is lovely. I like his back and loin. His hindquarter could use a bit of muscling (as could his whole topline) but it seems more or less correct.

As long as you are not looking to do BIG big stuff, I would expect this horse to be able to do it.

A vet check is a must with those slight legs and upright joints, though! Watch for arthritis and ringbone.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-26-2012, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Great thanks! I am only planning on eventually, within the next five years, of jumping up to 3' or 4'. Here is his facebook page. It has a few videos of him jumping cross country, not the best quality though http://www.facebook.com/appaloosathegoldhunter?fref=ts

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-27-2012, 08:45 PM
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He looks possibly roached backed and weak in the coupling. He has a bit of a goose rump which can restrict his ability to bring his hind legs under him. He also looks buck kneed and tied in at the knee. I wouldnt be worried about the buck knees because they rarely cause soundness problems, but being tied in at the knee (The suspensory ligament attaches too close to the cannon bone at the back of the knee) can interfere with the horse's ability to evenly distribute the concussion throughout the leg.

She appears to have great movement, though, and looks great over the jumps

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