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    02-26-2012, 09:42 PM
Critique Improvement on APHA gelding :)

This is Diesel He is a 14.3 1999 APHA Gelding from Lazy K ranch in Ca. He is a sweet begginer intermediate horse who I plan on showing Western Pleasure Dressage this year. He has a high headset but with collection we are improving his top line one day at a time (I got him Feb 6th)
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    02-26-2012, 10:43 PM
How tall is the girl holding him? He seems a lot shorter than 14.3. He si also very disproportionate IMO.
    02-26-2012, 11:05 PM
I agree that he looks disproportionate. Short back, long thick neck, huge head, and short legs.

It's hard to critique improvement without before pictures to go with after pictures.
    02-27-2012, 12:01 AM
Are these pictures distorted somehow?
I mean no offense, but he seems very... oddly proportioned. >>
    02-27-2012, 12:11 AM
Hmm Not that Im aware of LOL they where taken with my cellphone
    02-27-2012, 12:16 AM
This is on Feb 6th the day I first got him
She is about 5'6" pretty tall compared to me since I am 5'2"

    02-27-2012, 12:20 AM
I agree with everyone else. He looks VERY disproportionate. He also looks, like NdAppy said, way shorter than 14.3hh...unless the girl holding him is REALLY tall. I'm 5'7" and my old gelding was 14.2hh. I was able to drape my arm over his back, which was just about at shoulder height on me. That gelding looks like he's maybe 14hh, if that chick is really 5'6".

In addition to the oddly proportioned thing, he has very upright pasterns in the back. His shoulder angle is pretty upright. He looks almost pigeon-breasted. I don't know if his back is starting to sway or if he just doesn't have a very good topline, but there's something funky going on with his back just after his withers.
    02-27-2012, 12:53 AM
He is 14.3hh I measured him using a tape measure and a level. Its 100% acurate and she is standing closer to the camera than him.
    02-27-2012, 01:05 AM

Well, none of that changes the fact that he looks very disproportionate. As CLaPorte432 said, he looks like he's got a short back, long thick neck, disproportionately large head and short legs. Even in the before pic he looks that way.
    02-27-2012, 01:06 AM
I really like his color! I am also a sucker for bald faces ;P

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