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post #1 of 6 Old 12-04-2011, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Conformation critique

I was finally able to get a pretty good conformation shot of his side and was wondering if you guys could pick away at him. I know he's far from perfect, conformation wise, but it would be nice to know all his faults and what may cause him problems down the road.
He is 3 yrs old and will only be used for trails/pleasure riding. I know he's sickle hocked, and stangly it appears to be getting less severe the more weight and muscle he gets on (not really sure why that is).
Also, how does his weight look? I'm thinking about cutting back his food now that he's put a bunch of weight on. I know its a little hard to tell with all that winter fluff on! :)




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post #2 of 6 Old 12-04-2011, 04:34 PM
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First thing that jumps out at me is that his back is long and his neck is set rather high. It also needs some muscle, which makes his head look large, but that may come with time & work.
Then come his legs. The fronts looks alright but that backs are quite sickle-hocked.
Does he by chance have any standardbred or maybe even saddlebred to him?

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-04-2011, 06:01 PM
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First thing that jumps out at me is that his back is long and his neck is set rather high. It also needs some muscle, which makes his head look large, but that may come with time & work.
Then come his legs. The fronts looks alright but that backs are quite sickle-hocked.
Does he by chance have any standardbred or maybe even saddlebred to him?
I believe he is a STB
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He is 100% Standardbred-which probably explains the high head-set. He keeps it set lower during riding thank god.
As for the neck, it is starting to build muscle, and will probably be a bit longer until his neck is in proportion with his head. He had an awful pencil neck when I got him. He does have a very large head though. He's 15.2 and wears a warmblood size halter :P.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-04-2011, 07:35 PM
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I agree, there isn't much else that I would add. You already know that he is sickle hocked. His long back was the first fault I noticed, I do not think that his neck will get MUCH thicker, he simply looks to have a long thin neck and a large head that may never go together "great" but very sweet expression. Compliments to his long thick tail, I have a few horses here who would be jealous of that. From the photos and threw the fuzz I'd say his weight looks spot on! Keep working with building his muscling, if that is a goal to you.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-05-2011, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the replies. Are there any issues down the road that may arise from his having a long back\being sickle hocked? I understand he may be more prone to hock injuries, which is why we are taking his training very slowly and he will never be doing anything to strenuous or any sharp, fast turns.
He does walk very funny with his back end, almost like his hocks are on wrong and he has freezefiring marks on both his back hocks. What type of hock injuries are there that may be cause my racing? He is not in any pain or anything, and the vet will be looking him over real good when they come for their yearly vaccs early next year, but I'm just trying to get as much info as I can to help keep him sound as long as possible.
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