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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
The first thing I want to point out is that he needs a good hoof trim. To me it actually appears as if his left front hoof is clubbed (bad angle that causes him to put pressure on the wrong part of his hoof. Generally genetic but can be fixed with corrective, frequent trimming most of the time), but with his 'nails' like that I really just can't tell.
He's narrow chested (making for a choppier stride and less ability to keep going at a good pace for a long amount of time) and base narrow/knock-kneed. If you were to draw a verticle line from the start of his chest to the ground, his legs should be ALMOST straight along that line, while your gelding's legs take a large dip in towards eachother, making the knees almost touch and splay out. This causes outward rotation of the leg at the cannon bone and below, causing large amounts of knee strain. I altogether just do not like the build of those front legs and wonder about his soundness. I can't see his back hooves well but they may be a tad bit pigeon toed. (hooves point towards eachother. A very common fault and not too much to be worried about as long as it isnt severe.) I otherwise like them quite a bit more than his front legs though, as they are cleaner built.
Nice withers but not enough slope in the shoulders. The more slope a horse has to his shoulder, the smoother and longer his stride is, so I'd expect his gait to be short and a bit choppy. His neck ties in decently and he has a good, clean looking head. Pretty good back length but slightly butt high. (withers and butt should have a straight line running between them)
Overall I really think he could do with a LOT of conditioning in order to keep him sound and happy, as well as some wraps or boots for his front legs when you're going to do anything strenuous such as cantering for a long period of time, when on a road, etc. He's cute, and I love the richness of his coloring, but he does have some faults that tell me he would not be an endurance cannidate. I see no problem with being a good all-arounder though so long as you listen to how he's feeling and condition him well.
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