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post #1 of 15 Old 01-22-2012, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Critique of 4yo 16.2 OTTB

Forum was last raced 1-6-12 and left the track sound and without injury..just quite slow. Just recently adopted by me :) He wont be here for a few more weeks due to him needing to heal from being gelded. I'd just like to get a general critique of him. Wanting to get into classical dressage more as a new interest and to give him a solid foundation and down the road possibly low level eventing as something to do together.

Not sure if he is standing funny cuz he's cold (usually blanketed) or because he was gelded a few days ago! I just included a photo of him standing before he was gelded cuz he looks more "normal".

I know I am pretty bad at crit but this is what I see....
I think he's pigeon breasted.
Long cannon bones.
Weak gaskin
I can't tell if he's sickle hocked, but his back feet need work and he still has racing plates one(they will be pulled after more healing).
He's got a lil bitty head for a big dude. My friend is threatening to call him little head ;)

Thanks for taking a look and sorry I do not have front and back photos.

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-22-2012, 08:32 PM
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Does he crib? He looks really thick through the throat latch to me. I agree with what you said, but I am not a congo expert, by any means.

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Nope, not a cribber. And I agree....very thick threw the throat latch ;) Is sire Roman Ruler and grandsire Fusaichi Pegasus seem to have the same thick throat latch trait and weird dip (ewe neck?) on the bottom of their necks.

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post #4 of 15 Old 01-22-2012, 08:37 PM
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Other than some of those flaws that you mentioned, he is a very pretty boy! And he seems to have some fire in him,huh?

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Agreed with what you mentioned. He looks like he has a tiiiiny roach, too. He is BEAUTIFUL!
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Annaleah, yup...that was a couple days after he got to the facility and he was still a stud then. Also, first time lunging...she said he was a bit nervous but tried ;) My other TB is a real couch potato so I wanted something with more energy lol.

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Gosh he's handsome.

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post #8 of 15 Old 01-22-2012, 09:48 PM
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Nice looking boy!
All I can see that wasn't already mentioned is that I see a thick neck, that may be attached to low- especially in the first picture. He also could use more bone in his legs. He really is handsome though!

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Aww, have fun! He sure looked like he was trying hard, and seemed pretty sweet for just off the track (not that I've ever been hands on with one :)). Anyway, I think he looks lovely, but I can't figure out why his neck looks really really thick in the recent pic, compared to the older one. I do hunters and I know he wouldn't quite be considered a top rated hunter type due to the neck. But what a pedigree! I'm sure he is amazingly athletic and I imagine eventing would be a good match for him. And so glad he found a home!
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I am not good at conformation but he's beatifull!
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