Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
Yes, his neck is set lower than would be ideal. And yes, the rider is not keeping the horse forward and into the bridle. As a result, he is using and building all of the wrong muscles. Some of that could improve with better training/riding.
As for his foot, I can't see it to tell. Only a vet could give a really good look at that and say how it might affect him.
What I DO see is a horse wringing his tail at times. Many things could cause that. A horse making a big effort to perform a movement will swish his tail. But this horse is not forward or exerting himself. That wringing could be discomfort. Possibly the tack doesn't fit. Chiropractic problems...hard to tell.
He just doesn't seem to be that interested in exerting himself or pleasing the rider. He has to be constantly nagged. This could be training (fixable) or attitude (maybe not fixable).
Bottom line is good conformation is great. BUT, courage, heart and desire to please will trump conformation every time! I remember a USCTA Advanced horse of the year that had post hind legs, a club foot and a short bull neck. He had such heart, he overcame all of that and won.
Before you put money into the horse as a lease or purchase, vet him!