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    03-08-2012, 08:22 AM
Critique my TB Gelding?

This is my new TB gelding, he is 6yo and roughly 16hh.
Would love critique on him, and what it would stop him doing or what I could do to help strengthen the areas he is conformationally weak in.

I realise he has next to no topline or muscle, he has been spelling for 9 months since he came off the track.

He does look a little more sickle hocked than he actually is in this photo though.

What sort of discipline do you think he'd be good for? I want to do eventing, up to about 85cm, so he'd need to be able to jump reliably and over tricky 85cm doubles and triples. Would also like to do some dressage and hacking on him. Maybe cow-work as well.. He's going to be an all rounder, hopefully.
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    03-08-2012, 01:11 PM
Green Broke
Overall a nice looking horse. As you say, he does look sicklehocked but his front legs appear nice and clean throughout. Pasterns are a little long.
His shoulder is steep, but not drastically and he has a nice, deep girth.
Nice back and his hindquarters look well formed, though they could do with muscle, as could his neck. That will come.
Depending on his disposition and whether he likes to jump, I don't see why he couldn't.
    03-08-2012, 04:27 PM
Thanks LittleRuffian! People on another forum were saying he is weak through the loins? Does that come from muscle, or the length of a certain part?
    03-10-2012, 07:09 AM
Got some more better photos :)
Anyone else care to critique?

    03-10-2012, 09:36 AM
Green Broke
Lilruffian pretty much nailed it, but he is sickle hocked, and his pasterns are def long. From what Im noticing, that seems to be a TB thing, my little guy has long pasterns as well. It supposedly makes for a smoother ride, but can lead to other issues later in life.

He's a cutie though!!
    03-10-2012, 08:35 PM
Nice looking horse but he is sure under weight conformation would look better if gained about a 100lbs. He's pretty ribby and hip bones are showing plus rear view his hind quarter are dipping off on both sides.Needs more to eat for sure.
    03-10-2012, 08:54 PM
Green Broke
LR nailed it in my opinion too. I'd luck to see more muscling, especially in the loins as you said.

Since you want him to be all around, I would start off with the Dressage first so that he can start working on building muscles the right way, building his topline and most importantly, learn how to correctly use his body. Maybe the first 6 months minimum (I know that is a long time to be so boring), THEN introduce jumps once he's going in the right direction. Learning to use his body correctly will help him out and make things easier, especially going over jumps. If you slam him into the jumping too soon, he will go at it in an uncoordinated way and off balance making it more work than it has to be for him, set him up for failure, and it could cause him to dislike the jumping because it won't necessarily be fun for him.
    03-11-2012, 01:28 AM
Thanks guys. I have been given some pole work excersises to use for him to strengthen his loin, and get him picking up his feet and using that back end.

He won't be rushed into anything, that's all good, I'm planning on just hacking/dressage for the first 6 months. Hoping to go to a 45cm training day in October as our first jumping outing if he is progressing well.

Spirit.. Did you actually read my post? He is a straight off the track OTTB. We got him a week ago. He is now on adlib hay and hard feeds. I know he needs to gain weight.
    03-14-2012, 06:14 AM
TBs are bred with long pasterns. There is nothing obviously wrong with his in my opinion. He is going to let down so expect him to look worse before looking better.

Mines been off the track 7 weeks now and I can see the drop in his form. Nothing drastic but he has let down. I ride minimum 4 times a week and have focused on hacking out and working him uphill whenever possible. If yours is anything like mine he is working from the front and has a nice big strong chest and a weak backend. Hill work encourages them to work from behind. The pole work should also teach him to start lifting his legs and engaging his hind end.

Good luck with him, I think he is lovely :) He will tell you the pace he will go. I recommend doing it slowly. Its frustrating at times (I hate watching everyone else compete at shows while Im a spectator!) but they need time and patience.
    03-14-2012, 08:52 AM
Sickle hock, and he seems to "fall forward". It will be hard to teach him to carry the weight on his back and to raise his whithers but itīs necessary to keep his joints healthy.

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