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        11-30-2012, 12:30 PM
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    Weanling
    Critique this 7 year old!

    Please critique my 7 year old QH gelding. I realize he's not standing completely square, but it's the best picture I have of him at the moment and I'm just curious. :)
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        11-30-2012, 12:33 PM
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    Green Broke
    Very upright shoulder
    Sufficient depth through the girth/chest area
    Neck is set high
    Pretty head
    Front legs look ok from the photo
    Back may be just a tad long and shallow
    Hard to say if he is bum high or not from the way he is standing there
    Nice hindquarters
    Again, difficult to say about his hind legs but nothing bad is popping out
         
        11-30-2012, 05:08 PM
      #3
    Foal
    One of the big things that I see is that he appears to be tied in at the knee (Suspensory ligament attaches too close to the cannon bone at the knee) which affects the horse's ability to distribute shock evenly throughout the leg which can lead to unsoundnesses especially since shock absorption in the front is so important being that the horse carries and average of 30% of their body weight per front leg. His shoulder doesn't look terrible to me, but in combination with his tied in knees, could result in pretty bad strain to the knees and lower legs. His back hind hooves look a little upright, but that can usually be corrected through trimming. Other than that, he looks pretty good to me.
         
        11-30-2012, 05:41 PM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Allegro    
    One of the big things that I see is that he appears to be tied in at the knee (Suspensory ligament attaches too close to the cannon bone at the knee) which affects the horse's ability to distribute shock evenly throughout the leg which can lead to unsoundnesses especially since shock absorption in the front is so important being that the horse carries and average of 30% of their body weight per front leg. His shoulder doesn't look terrible to me, but in combination with his tied in knees, could result in pretty bad strain to the knees and lower legs. His back hind hooves look a little upright, but that can usually be corrected through trimming. Other than that, he looks pretty good to me.
    I've never had any soundness issues with him, but I can see what you're saying about the tied in knee. I'll have to take a look at him when I get home in a couple of weeks, it may be just some oddity with the photo because the leg closest to the camera doesn't appear that way, but the one in the back does.
         

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