I said I was going to stay out of it but I guess I lied.
These were the critiques, based on the photos below. All of the photos picture the same horse.
Critique #1: Touch shorter limbs
which are well muscled. The shoulder
blade is long and has reasonable/good slope. The back is a good length
and nicely matches the deeper girth and larger barrel
. The hind is also strong.
Nice neck set and
a higher head carriage likely. perhaps a longer body
shape with slightly shorter neck. Very nicely balanced between fore and hind
and has obvious versatility. I do see perhaps a slight bias to western, although English is fine as well.
Very standard text book and easy on the eye
for potential buyers if need be.
Pasterns are well sloped and this one is very leggy
Some scope for added muscle. The wither set
appears a little forward. The back is on the longer side. The girth is shallow
which in this case may help
stride extension and goes with the type. The hind is a little leaner. Lacks a little prime moving strength at both ends
but may have some good flexibility
and natural fitness. English and/or Dressage best shots for this one based on type only.
I've color-coded the significant deviations.
How would I critique my horse? Long (but strong) back, straighter shoulder (but still fairly good), lower wither. Very mild calf knees (which may be related to her serious lameness problems). Good depth of heartgirth. Adequate pasterns (on the shorter side in the hind, but well-angled) but a tad posty in the hocks (which are capped). Steep croup. Muscular ewe neck which is short and naturally upright. Downhill build. Fat and bitchy.
Dressage potential at a competitive level? Hardly. She's fast and athletic, but in the same way that a charging rhinoceros is fast and athletic. Not terribly rough, but sure not something you'd call a pretty or smooth mover, and no suspension whatsoever. She is, however, a winning 1D barrel horse. She has incredible stride and speed. And a terrible propensity toward lameness, perhaps coming, at least in part, from faulty foreleg conformation.