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post #1 of 13 Old 08-01-2013, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation Critique for Helios

Hello! Thanks for taking a look. Helios is my new 2003 Belgian draft x TB gelding. He's about 16.2hh (seller said 17hh but I have my doubts). He's underweight right now, we're working on it, but I've only had him for 6 days so the beet pulp, cool calories and unlimited hay aren't showing yet. Anyways, I bought him as a finished roper who'd been sitting in a paddock for a year. I'd like to do english pleasure with him though :) Bit of dressage, some small jumps, and lots of trail riding. Let me know what you think of his build! I can see that he's a little upright especially in the shoulder and long backed, along with the obvious lack of weight and muscle. Other than that I don't have a very good eye for conformation.

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First time I tried him out (sorry bout the saddle pad but you can see his shoulder):
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He's really starting to clean up nicely.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-01-2013, 04:58 PM
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he is really underweight! At the moment he looks uphill, and from the pics supplied his legs okay. I would think he would do okay in dressage , don't think I would try jumping, maybe after he is fed up and muscled up. Trails, english pleasure. He is lucky he found you !
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Yeah, I couldn't believe how underweight he is. I was supposed to get him August 1 but I decided to work my butt off and pay for him a week early so I could get him home and start fattening him up. When I asked his previous owner if he was a hard keeper, she said "Oh, you know, he usually just looks nice and athletic like this.." I wasn't sure if I wanted to laugh or puke. We've been working really hard to get his weight up though, so I'm sure it will start paying off in a few weeks.

Thanks for your input! I appreciate it.
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Not good at confirmation...but I just wanted to say that he is looker!! I can't wait to see him with some weight on I bet he will be STUNNING! I also love the name :)
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Thank you!! When I bought him, his name was "Bud" and I just couldn't stick with that...so what better name than the Greek sun god! I think his coat will represent that nicely next summer. I call him Leo for short.
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he's pretty camped out behind.
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post #7 of 13 Old 08-02-2013, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks tinyliny! I see it now that you point it out too. Is this something that will affect him down the road?
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Thanks tinyliny! I see it now that you point it out too. Is this something that will affect him down the road?

I honestly don't know.
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No worries! Thank you for your input, I appreciate it. :)
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-02-2013, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody else see something that sticks out with his conformation? Thanks!
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