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post #1 of 10 Old 11-10-2013, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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eventer potential?

i'll be the first to admit conformation isn't my strong suit. I was hoping this guy could be my replacement show jumper down the line, and maybe he still can, but so far, he seems to be a bit more mellow than I like my jumpers....thinking maybe he could head in the direction of eventing? He's just turned 2 in this photo, woken up from a nap and forced into photos. any major flaws anyone can see?

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-10-2013, 11:05 PM
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His shoulders are a bit upright and small/weak
Cannon bone bit long
Point of buttock bit low

Probably more "wrong"/not perfect with him, but he is a nice looking horse - Depends what level of eventing you wanted to do, I reckon with correct training and depending on his brain/temperament he could easily go PN as he isn't a bad looking horse (:

Just if he can jump that's all. Some horses may have not the most suitable confo for jumping/eventing, but do it with ease, with soundness and the mind.
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Agree that what level you plan to compete he may or may not be suitable. I am not a fan of his front wheels - very fine bone, long pasterns, slightly over at the knee, upright shoulder. He also has a very lightly muscled foreleg. His neck ties in a bit low and he has a fairly low point of shoulder so he may have a difficult time pulling his knees up tight over fences.
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-11-2013, 09:47 PM
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Horse legs below the knee have no muscle ;)

I agree though, he is extremely light boned with very long pasterns. I don't like his legs at all. and without good legs he may not withstand the strain of jumping. His upper half is nice though and he's very flashy.

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Do you have any other pictures?

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Horse legs below the knee have no muscle ;)
Sorry, I meant the forearm, not foreleg. His forearm looks very underdeveloped to me.
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His front legs look wrong to me... Especially those pasterns. He is also a bit over at the knee. Overall he's acute horse.

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Well, I am going to disagree with most of you.

His shoulder looks a bit straight because his leg is back and not stood square.
As for lacking bone, I doubt that he is. The white marking on the front makes it look that way.

The horse is only two years, he has a lot of growing and maturing to do. I will bet in two years time he will be more solid.

His pasterns might be a tad long but that is no bad thing for a horse that has to gallop. Most even tears are slightly longer in the pattern.

As for him being mellow, this is not unusual with babies especially when they are going through a growing phase.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-16-2013, 01:18 AM
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I think he's gorgeous!

Pasterns are a little long and slopey, but I would rather have that than too upright. Those are his shock absorbers. His head is a little plain looking. But man, the rest of him I adore. I am surprised everyone is so critical of him. I love the shape of his back and body.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-17-2013, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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thank you, everyone, for your input. I do realize this isn't the best confo pic I could use, it was just the best one I have currently. the Jockey Club requires horses to stand off-set like this for registration photos, which is why he's not squared up correctly. i'll try posting again once he's finished with this growth spurt and get one of him standing a bit better
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