Originally Posted by tinyliny
Appy has nice shoulder and hip, and relatively short back. Her neck is tied on a bit low and shows too much muscleing on the underside, and not enough on the upper side (does she brace against the bit or run around "giraffing"?)
She is pretty camped under in that photo, and looks sickle hocked, but she isn't squared up well. Front pasterns are short and upright, right not as much.
I kind of like her overall build. I think she's got that, "last a long time" kind of confo.
The RMH is a tank! I think he is overweight, to bo honest. You might want to rethink his food intake. He's got a short , strong back , huge shoulder and hip but neck is kind of short, and like someone said, looks cresty (fat)
Thanks Tiny! Yeah my Rocky is overweight. I am guessing probably a 6.5 or 7. This is about as low as this horse gets. He holds weight like no other horse I have ever had. He is actually down quite a bit from where he was. He always comes out of the winter heavier than he goes into it...which I guess is kind of good considering SD winters!
I had him to a good solid 6 last summer riding him hard 5 days a week on trails and in the arena. He was on 3 flakes of good alfalfa mix per day and nothing else. He looked really good but I am sure he would throw a major protest if I tried to get him to a 5 body score. Vet says he is super healthy and right now he is on equipride daily with a small scoop of Strategy for palatability and three flakes a day and was ridden 4 days per week until snow hit a week ago. He will be back up again shortly.
her neck is tied on a bit low and shows too much muscleing on the underside, and not enough on the upper side (does she brace against the bit or run around "giraffing"?)
JJ does look light on the top of his neck and he doesn't brace on the bit. He is super light and travels with a nice level headset. I am not sure what to do to get his neck line built up on top. This is a horse that went from almost unrideable to a GREAT horse and nearly bombproof following Clinton Anderson's program in addition to a program my brother developed. He is a super solid citizen now. He is still learning but I couldn't be happier with his progress.
Thanks again or the comments and I am anxious to hear what others think.