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post #1 of 15 Old 10-12-2013, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Critique for friesian

Hi, I'm wondering what more experienced people than I see when they look at this boy? He's a 2yo purebred friesian. He would be used for low level dressage (just for fun) and pleasure riding. I know they're not great photos, but they are the best I have.





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post #2 of 15 Old 10-12-2013, 10:22 AM
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I am no expert but I am trying to learn. I see a little bit calf kneed (?), they look a bit weird in the lower picture. His neck ties in high to the shoulder and is a bit ewe necked. His back legs are a bit post (?) and straight. Is he registered with the friesian registry?
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Eek, he's a bit of a trainwreck! Now bear in mind I'm not a big fan of Friesians to begin with, so it takes a pretty spectacular one for me to actually like it, but looking past that at the conformation just makes me cringe.

He is downhill, extremely long in the cannons, I don't like his back end AT ALL, that neck is just... ew... and that shoulder is not a dressage horse shoulder.

This horse is built like a poor example of a cart horse. He is not, conformationally speaking, a dressage horse. However, that isn't to say he couldn't do low level dressage. I just wouldn't pay big money for him.

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I don't know a ton about conformation but his neck does look a little strange. I'm wondering if it's just part of his awkward 2 year old phase? I see a lot of horses go through that and come out just fine in the end.
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Eek, he's a bit of a trainwreck! Now bear in mind I'm not a big fan of Friesians to begin with, so it takes a pretty spectacular one for me to actually like it, but looking past that at the conformation just makes me cringe.

He is downhill, extremely long in the cannons, I don't like his back end AT ALL, that neck is just... ew... and that shoulder is not a dressage horse shoulder.

This horse is built like a poor example of a cart horse. He is not, conformationally speaking, a dressage horse. However, that isn't to say he couldn't do low level dressage. I just wouldn't pay big money for him.
He is not downhill.

And i would not say he is a "trainwreck"...
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he is a two year old Fresian. judge him on being a Fresian, with a bit of dispensation at being only two. I think he will grow out of a lot of what people are mentioning.

his canons are normal for his breed. the feathers make it hard to judge the length. he is downhill , now. he has a pigeon breast, and lots of them do. he is not ewe necked, but his neck is on the short side, so it will be that much harder for you to encourage him to lengthen it and go forward. his hindend is adequate, IMO. I think for being loved on and ridden as a pleasure horse he will be fine, and might really surprise you. just depends so much on the personality.
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-12-2013, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for you're responses, everyone. The neck was worrying me the most, being a bit short. Was worried it might affect his back when i start to ride? I'm not wanting (cant afford lol) an amazing friesian, so I'm just after one that will remain sound through his life. I'm not too concerned about being downhill at this point, hopefully it's just the awkward 2yo phase?

Rookie, he is a B Book 2 gelding
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Congrats on owning a registered Friesian! In my book brains and personality beat a whole lot of stuff in the end.
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post #9 of 15 Old 10-13-2013, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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He's not mine yet rookie! I haven't met him yet so hopefully he has both :)
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-28-2013, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

Just an updated photo, I feel like he is growing into himself now, but I'm still interested in what others think!

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