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    02-04-2013, 11:48 PM
Critique my Dutch Warmblood Gelding

This is my coming 5 Dutch Warmblood gelding Lex. Critiques wanted please! :)
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    02-04-2013, 11:54 PM
Awful angles for critique, make him look VERY awkward. Very uphill, camped out behind, neck ties in funny to his head. Maybe toes out in the front? Over at the knee, HUGE withers.

But, like I said, awful angles.
    02-04-2013, 11:55 PM
Originally Posted by alexischristina    
Awful angles for critique, make him look VERY awkward. Very uphill, camped out behind, neck ties in funny to his head. Maybe toes out in the front? Over at the knee, HUGE withers.

But, like I said, awful angles.
Thank you, and yes he is very hard to photograph!
    02-04-2013, 11:57 PM
And I am the first to admit that he is a very awkward little bugger :)
    02-05-2013, 12:07 AM
As mentioned, the photos aren't very good. I noticed he's not branded, what's his breeding?
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    02-05-2013, 12:18 AM
You are correct, he is not branded or registered. He is dutch warmblood x tb (sire is Diamond K of Ashland Farms in Ashton, ON) and his mother is a thoroughbred cross. I purchased him from Jody Fraser of Byden Farm last January :)
    02-05-2013, 12:22 AM
I apologize for the bad angles, hopefully one day my three year old will be able to help me take better pictures :)
    02-05-2013, 12:47 AM
Try standing closer to hindquarters next time, not his shoulder.
    02-05-2013, 09:03 AM
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In every photo this horse wants to stand with his hind legs out behind him which says to me that he has angle issue in his back legs. His hocks are high and his cannons are long... and I believe he would have sickle hocks if set up square. He also appears to have small, round, hocks.

His shoulder looks OK and his point of shoulder is set adequately high. His neck ties in nice and high.. and if he had a better hind leg I would say, "Dressage Horse" and I would mean higher levels.

His front legs are OK. Wish he had more bone. His topline is OK. I think he may be a bit long through the coupling. His withers are quite high.. how is he to fit a saddle to?

He looks to have inherited Thoroughbred bone and poor angles in his hind legs coupled with nice, large, warm blood feet. His body is more warm blood with Thoroughbred withers. His head is a nice mix of Thoroughbred and warm blood.

Better photos, with the horse on the level and not stretched out (if you can get him to not stretch out.. I think his conformation makes him stand this way) would yield a more accurate (and perhaps less critical) critique.
    02-05-2013, 10:44 AM
I'm going to go ahead and disagree with Elana about his shoulder. It is far too steep for a dressage horse, and even with better hind limb conformation, this would be very limiting in the dressage ring. If you look at modern dressage horses and old style baroque horses the neck is set high on a sloped shoulder so the line of the base of the neck from bottom to top is closer to horizontal then vertical.

I will agree about his hind end, but I don't think squaring him up will help the hocks. They are very small and round. I think the stance problems stem from the hocks, or even the stifles. I would say low level hunter and training level dressage on this guy. And depending on his feet, he could be a sturdy trail horse.

Good luck! He looks like a sweety :)
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