I am not an expert. Maybe I am used to looking at my longer bodied arabian or something. How "squished" together his body looks bothers me. He doesn't look long enough. Lol. His butt and his neck are too close together. Theres no midsection. Maybe its the camera or the way the computer loaded the pics? I don't know. It just bothers me. But then again this is what I am used to looking at: Attachment 110645
Sorry only pic I could find right now.
Ha ha! I know how that is! Being so used to my gelding, and looking at some of the reining QH Studs at our barn, they look really crazy in comparison! Short and wide!
That's why I came to this forum and asked about conformation. I am learning, though I do know a little bit. From what I understand, there are certain faults that have become more prevalent in Arabians over the past 20-30 years like straight shoulders, overly flat croups, and hocks out behind. This is probably due to breeding especially for certain disciplines instead of versatility,and breeding for fashion over function. A short back is a part of the Arab breed standard.
My boy is 14.2 hands, so he's short and compact. It was really tough finding a saddle and pad for him. Most of the stock horse tack is all wrong for an Arabian. Pony stuff is too small. His saddle pad is 28" long.His saddle is 26 1/2" long, and the gullet is something like 7 1/2 wide! I bought it from a lady who had a Clydesdale/Arabian cross if that says anything!
There is a lady at my barn who has a purebred who is built almost exactly like your horse. She lunges him, collected, in a surcingle. She told me it is to build the muscles in his top-line and neck. Her horse is 15 hands and streamlined like your boy. Your horse is pretty, I love bays without a whole lot of white
That's the cool thing about Arabians, much like some other breeds; they come in many different types,shapes and sizes.