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    10-22-2012, 05:33 AM
Ewe neck

Hi, new the the forum :)
I just purchased an arabian gelding with a temprement of gold and I'm starting him under saddle.
I was aware when I bought him that he didn't have the best neck in the world BUT I'am now concerned that he may have a ewe or swan neck hmmm.
Coz I'am starting him under saddle I have knocked his feed back as the feed was heating him up and making it hard to work him, hence he has lost a lil weight and now I can see quite a dip before his wither :(
He does not appear to have a hammerhead although he does have over developed muscles under his neck. I'm not having major issues getting his head down with side reins although he does prefer to carry his head high and does not appear to hollow out and tracks beautifully :)
Please would like some opinions, Thanks heaps :)
The first 2 pics are when I 1st got him and the rest are since he has dropped a lil weight :)
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    10-22-2012, 01:35 PM
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The dip in front of the withers is not ewe neck on this horse.
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    10-22-2012, 01:44 PM
From what I understand, many Arabs tend to keep their heads up more than you would see in say a stock horse. He looks pretty normal to me and in my experience with Arabians.
    10-22-2012, 09:33 PM
I don't particularly see either fault.

I see musclature issues from how he is natually finding his balance... But that can shift with work... And I am sure when he learns to look lower for his balance the neck will shape out nicely.
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    10-22-2012, 11:11 PM
Thankyou for your comments :)
I have been studying conformation have the legs etc down pat but necks are not my strong point really haven't got my eye in yet...
My other horses all have stunning thick necks and my new gelding's is slighty different but couldn't put my finger on it.
Thanks again for your comments :)

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