Meet TipTop aka Tipper. I got him last fall as a freebie and mainly as a companion for my TB gelding. He is a 2000 Canadian Warmblood with very impressive bloodlines (Grandson of Jus De Pomme) but not so impressive conformation. When I got him I would told he would need shoes to be ridden. Then found out through a friend who worked at a barn he was boarded at he needs corrective shoes. No I didnt do a PPE and I should have but to me it wasnt important to have him sound for riding, he is a companion. I got him and noticed after a bit he wouldnt try to play with my older gelding even with him pushing to do so. Then he cantered and could barely do it and was ouchy after. My farrier has been working closely with me as his feet werent in any condition that was helpful. He's been on a 4 week program getting corrective balanced trims. For a month or so he's been doing really well to the point he actually canters out in the pasture (160 acres) with the rest of the herd. My farrier also said he should be fine to start light walking (no circles though) so we did and he did wonderful on the trail. Last time she said I should ask for a trot and see what he does. We discussed how he might toss in attitude or even a buck just because he will associate it with being painful before. I asked him for it and he did buck at first but within no time he took about 10-15 trot strides with no issues and we left it at there. I know he will never be in shows or anything and that's not why I got him but atleast he will be a good little light trail horse.
Anyways, I wanted to get a confo critique of before and after. What faults stand out to you. I do know most of them but its always interesting to see what others think. Also, do you think he's improved since I first got him?
Before: Sorry they arent the greatest
When I first went to see him
Standing, and yes he did stand looking like this often
With his blanket on but gives an idea on his legs more
Just eating hay
Standing in the pasture
Standing tied up
His front legs
I can take more next time Im out but I wont be there till atleast sunday.