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post #1 of 10 Old 05-11-2012, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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condition critique!

Please excuse his dirtiness... he is really hard to get squared up, and I thought I might as well utilize the moment of semi-squareness while I could.

Also, Binx just turned 4 !!! Happy birthday baby!

He has been great! He is the EASIEST baby ever. Young kids will be able to hop on him very soon and show him for me! He has been in consistent work for about 2 or 2 1/2 months now.
Today!














I want to say this was..November.. maybe?






... He looks like he's bum high right now... hopefully that will resolve itself.

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-11-2012, 01:25 PM
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The only thing I see is maybe his neck is a tad short, and ties in a little high. His front legs are also close set.
I like his shoulder, his back and his hind quarters.
I'm not an expert (see my boy in profile albums) but I like him overall, and he looks to be level headed, and interested in his surroundings without being spookyish.

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post #3 of 10 Old 05-11-2012, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!! Perhaps I put this in the wrong section? I don't post here that often. But do you see a difference in his condition ??
He is very base narrow, I think he will blow up in his chest at some point, but we will see. He is actually very level headed and sweet guy.

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post #4 of 10 Old 05-11-2012, 03:34 PM
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His back is longish and his coupling is weak. His hocks and knees are set hight. He is back at the knee and tied in behind the knee. His hind feet are a bit clubby and very upright.. I am guessing he has a choppy gait from the stubbed off toes. His stifle is also a bit high and his gaskin is weak. He is narrow chested and has a short neck although the neck ties in nicely. His shoulder is a bit upright.

He is not a bad horse in that he is balanced and is not built downhill, so he will be easier to collect in spite of his longish back/weak coupling.

This critique is from his most recent photos (the top ones).

All that being said, I rescued a filly from starvation that looked a lot like this horse. She was 15hh and looked to have some Welsh Pony in her. She had almost all the same faults.. and almost identical front and hind leg conformation and she never took a lame step in her life.

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His back is longish and his coupling is weak. His hocks and knees are set hight. He is back at the knee and tied in behind the knee. His hind feet are a bit clubby and very upright.. I am guessing he has a choppy gait from the stubbed off toes. His stifle is also a bit high and his gaskin is weak. He is narrow chested and has a short neck although the neck ties in nicely. His shoulder is a bit upright.

He is not a bad horse in that he is balanced and is not built downhill, so he will be easier to collect in spite of his longish back/weak coupling.

This critique is from his most recent photos (the top ones).

All that being said, I rescued a filly from starvation that looked a lot like this horse. She was 15hh and looked to have some Welsh Pony in her. She had almost all the same faults.. and almost identical front and hind leg conformation and she never took a lame step in her life.
Thanks! He actually has a great shoulder, and his feet aren't clubby at all. I think these pictures are taken at an odd angle or something.

He is a little down hill right now, he is only 4 and going through a growth spurt. And he isn't choppy- he actually has a very big stride.
Here's a video

Thanks!

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post #6 of 10 Old 05-11-2012, 11:49 PM
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Coming along nicely! Definitely some more muscle and a little bit more weight. Love the difference in his hind end.

I think I see a better topline too. What have you been doing with him?

Keep it up!

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post #7 of 10 Old 05-11-2012, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Coming along nicely! Definitely some more muscle and a little bit more weight. Love the difference in his hind end.

I think I see a better topline too. What have you been doing with him?

Keep it up!
Yeah, he is only 4 and gets worked maybe 3 or 4 times a week. He is in training right now, basically just doing a lot of transitions and now we are incorporating more poles. Im hoping by the end of the summer he will have more muscle to him, but Im not worried about it. Thanks!

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he has a bright expression and a lively , rythmic step. Looks like he is being trained correctly, too.
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-12-2012, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. He is very easy. He has always had really good natural rhythm.

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-12-2012, 12:18 AM
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he has the sweetest eye and expression, you can tell he's a doll. I do see a bit more muscle over the hip and you can see he's in growth mode but he looks really good in both photos, not gangly or awkward like most his age and his muscle tone is even and solid for such a young guy. Good work!
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