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post #1 of 28 Old 05-05-2013, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Front Leg Conformation Paint Gelding

He's 11 years old, and i'm mainly looking at his knees where he appears to be tied in? I rode him before I bought him and he is a stunning mover. He worked on a ranch for cattle work and i'm wanting to do low level barrel racing with him. He is actually slightly underweight and definitely not filled out the way I'd like him to be. But take a look at these front legs for me guys. Is he tied in? Or is there some kind of illusion going on?

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Also on the grossness of that pen, it's an introducing pen and I haven't used it in about. . A year. The owner of the previous horse left her halter there. The fly spray is mine. Sorry about the horrid pen.
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he might be back at the knee, but otherwise I actually like his legs. They look pretty nice and straight to me, but I guess we'll just have to wait for one of the more experienced people on here to come by, because I'm an amateur. He's very pretty, I love his markings!
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He's a little bit tied in and a touch over at the knee, but I think what makes it look worse is that he's pretty light on bone in his legs, but that's fairly typical of stock horses these days.

I don't see anything that indicates he couldn't be a decent barrel racer, maybe even a good one depending on his attitude, ability, and training.

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he might be back at the knee, but otherwise I actually like his legs. They look pretty nice and straight to me, but I guess we'll just have to wait for one of the more experienced people on here to come by, because I'm an amateur. He's very pretty, I love his markings!
Thank You! I'm just sittin here waiting for what people have to throw at me(: I always need the input! His markings are adorable!! His bald face makes him look like a little demon, adds to his spirited personality! (:
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He's a little bit tied in and a touch over at the knee, but I think what makes it look worse is that he's pretty light on bone in his legs, but that's fairly typical of stock horses these days.

I don't see anything that indicates he couldn't be a decent barrel racer, maybe even a good one depending on his attitude, ability, and training.
Thank You, I went out and looked and he does look a bit over the knee as well. He's legs aren't to thin, just mainly his front. I have his bloodlines but haven't really looking into the breeding and their conformation either.
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From what I've read on conformation (mostly by Dr. Deb Bennet and her books on conformation), correct knees may be often seen as "over", when in actuality they are not. The humerus bone (from elbow to knee) has a curve built into it, so when it is correctly postioned, it will give the knee/leg a slightly convex appearance, such as this horse, when it is actually Correct.

He does seem to be of light bone, as Smrobs said, but from what one can see from that angle (not a good confo crit, photo) , he is a nice looking horse.
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From what I've read on conformation (mostly by Dr. Deb Bennet and her books on conformation), correct knees may be often seen as "over", when in actuality they are not. The humerus bone (from elbow to knee) has a curve built into it, so when it is correctly postioned, it will give the knee/leg a slightly convex appearance, such as this horse, when it is actually Correct.

He does seem to be of light bone, as Smrobs said, but from what one can see from that angle (not a good confo crit, photo) , he is a nice looking horse.
Really? So if they seem similar, correct and over, is there a way to tell a difference? So his knees are correct? Once he calms down I'll get him square. He doesn't like to stand very still. But thank you, I'm going to look into that Dr. Deb Bennet. Sounds very intelligent.
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she has a series about conformation, I think it's three small books. They are kind of hard to find, but its a fascinating read. Here is one of her books:

Http://www.amazon.com/Principles-Conformation-Analysis-Equus-Reference/dp/1929164602/ref=pd_cp_mov_0
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she has a series about conformation, I think it's three small books. They are kind of hard to find, but its a fascinating read. Here is one of her books:

Principles of Conformation Analysis: Equus Reference Guide: Deb Bennett: 9781929164608: Amazon.com: Books
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