I think this horse leaning forward like he is in these photos really impacts the look of his shoulder making it look steeper than it is. I did not mean to imply this horse, if he had a better propulsion unit, would be world class. I think he would be.. adequate (which is a bit shy of spectacular).
All I can give you, and I know this is "frowned upon", so I usually JUST READ and don't comment, (though I am REALLY trying to learn by coming to these threads) is that his coloring is absolutely gorgeous and he looks like a very kind boy...Ok, back to the experts! :0)