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    05-27-2013, 09:07 PM
  #1
Yearling
Conformation critique for Jasper

Hi all,
This is Jasper, I don't know his actual age, but I was told he is about 12. It appears that he is a standardbred, but anyway, just wanted to know what you guys see as far as conformation goes! (l'll take more pictures when I get a chance)
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    05-27-2013, 09:25 PM
  #2
Showing
He's very stocky which is nice :)
     
    05-28-2013, 07:56 AM
  #3
Yearling
Yeah, and he's a nice size, about 15.2
     
    05-29-2013, 08:29 AM
  #4
Foal
A little post legged in the back, and slightly downhill looking? How does he ride?
     
    05-30-2013, 08:44 AM
  #5
Yearling
Here's another picture, I couldn't get him to stand squarely Yes, now that I look at the picture closer, he does appear to be a little downhill, although I never noticed it much before.

He's a good ride, the "standardbred" shows when he wants to trot fast, but other then that he is quite smooth. As far as we know, someone tried to ride him but didn't do a real good job and gave up. I've only ridden him 4 times, and haven't cantered yet. It's nice to start a horse from, well, almost scratch
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    05-30-2013, 01:02 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by WhyAHorseOfCourse    
Here's another picture, I couldn't get him to stand squarely Yes, now that I look at the picture closer, he does appear to be a little downhill, although I never noticed it much before.

He's a good ride, the "standardbred" shows when he wants to trot fast, but other then that he is quite smooth. As far as we know, someone tried to ride him but didn't do a real good job and gave up. I've only ridden him 4 times, and haven't cantered yet. It's nice to start a horse from, well, almost scratch

Amazing how the picture can change the conformation of the horse! He looks more evenly built in this one! I hope he works out well for you!
     
    05-30-2013, 02:53 PM
  #7
Yearling
Yes, pictures can be deceiving. Thanks!
     
    05-30-2013, 03:28 PM
  #8
Teen Forum Moderator
I very much like him, and he has a nice head for a standardbred (don't take offense STB owners!) Weak coupling, sharp croup, and a bit of a steep shoulder, but his legs are clean and straight, his neck sets nicely, and his hip isn't too shabby either. Over all, I think you might have trouble getting him to use his back properly because of it's length and the coupling, but that he'll make a very nice mount. Sad to hear that no one put a good foundation on him, but it sounds like he's in great hands now!
     
    05-30-2013, 05:44 PM
  #9
Yearling
I'm a little confused as to what you mean by "using his back properly"...?

I've been trying hard to start him correctly, thankfully the barn owner/trainer helped me for the first two rides :)
     
    05-30-2013, 11:09 PM
  #10
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By using his back properly, I mean for higher level work...dressage, hunters, that kind of thing. Because he has a slightly long back and long, weak coupling, it will be harder for him to tuck in his belly, round his back, and push himself forwards from behind. It doesn't mean he CAN'T, and you should definitely work with him on carrying himself correctly because its great for him (builds topline, can help prevent early swayback, etc) , it just might be a bit tougher for him than for a horse with strong coupling. I have a little driving mare who has coupling similar to his, and she has to work harder to stay in proper frame, but its definitely not impossible!
     

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