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post #1 of 4 Old 05-19-2012, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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My OTTB critique

Okay, so we had an interesting day at the barn. Enzo pulled a shoe - and so I decided to try to take some conformation photos (and that explains why he is missing a shoe - the farrier is coming tomorrow). I hope these photos are good enough, but if they are not, I can try again haha.

And so, here is my 15.3hh OTTB gelding. I've had him for 3 and a half months and we're still working on his topline and putting some weight on him

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And just for fun, here are the pics from our show last weekend. He was amazing.



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post #2 of 4 Old 05-20-2012, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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No one? It's okay to critique - I love my boy just the way he is!
Here's what I know (or have been told) is less than perfect conformationally:
-He's a little toed out
-He's cow hocked
-He's got a little upright shoulder?
-He's weak in the loins, right? We're still buidling that topline

I'm horrible with conformation, so correct (and add onto) these things!
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he appears slightly cow hocked in the one pic but not in the other (the one from the front you can see his hind looks pretty square) his shoulder angle appears open and nicely sloped, withers nicely set, great hock angle and set, nice neck tie in, clean throatlatch, fairly even from hock to knee, a smidge downhill, short hip and weak loin coupling. As you know, his topline is his biggest flaw but the one that can be improved.
Form to function appears very good. Great jumping form, appears to have a nice bascule and his knees are great. He's not using himself in the second jump photo but could have been a short spot, looks like a hopper. The second one is great though! He's only going to get better with increased topline and hind end development. Hills, cavaletti, long and low trotting will help. I'm also a fan of belly lifts while on the ground. I see a big improvment in my geldings loin area from these ground exercises.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-20-2012, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much! Yeah the last jumping pic was an interesting jump haha... We got a very short distance, but I just like our expressions in that one :)
We've still got a lot of work to do on his topline, but he's already come a long way so I only see more improvement in the future.

Thank you for the critique!
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