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post #1 of 3 Old 05-16-2012, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Conformation and questions

Some information about my boy:
He's (from what we were told) Paint and Warmblood cross. 15.2 and approx 12 years old. He's ridden 6 days a week, and is ground worked 1 day a week.
I don't know anything about conformation. I buy my horses simply on their athletic ability and their personality. I originally bought this guy because his jump was phenomenal!
My question really is, what is it that makes him able to jump as well as he does? I have seen some BIG BEAUTIFUL horses that can't jump to save their lives. So i'm wondering if maybe it's something conformational that allows him to be as athletic as he is?
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-16-2012, 01:10 AM
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A big part of it is those hindquarters. Good engine back there.

He's also built fairly uphill, so he can get the weight off his front easily in a jump.

Not the best humerus ever, though. I would have liked to see it more vertical.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-16-2012, 12:07 PM
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I agree with teamfire. He's got well-built hindquarters, is built uphill and has a deep girth, which should help with his stamina a bit.
A horse doesn't have to have flawless conformation to be spectacular at something.
As far as general confo goes, your guy has a slightly steep shoulder but at the same time his neck doesnt appear to be set too high.
Good front legs.
Back isnt' over long.
Again, nice hindquarters.
Back legs look good too, maybe a tad bit posty and cow-hocked.
Overall a very solid-looking horse.

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