Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians
I'm going to close with this thought. You came on here asking for opinions and input on a horse you want to sell. When given honest opinions on what would make him sellable, you come back with an excuse for everything that is offered. If you're satisfied with his condition that's fine. Several people have offered you opinions on what they don't like about the horse's conformation, and his bones showing is a large part of it. You can't change his actual body structure. You can make many small confo issues look not so glaring and make a much better looking horse with feed and conditioning.
If the 2 main things people have offered you are either unchangeable or "perfect" then you have your answer. He's "perfect" for you, or the vet who thinks his condition is perfect for his amount of work.
I agree. His conformation flaws are unchangeable. I have no problem with critiquing his conformation. He has flaws, of course!! Otherwise, I'd be making big bucks in halter ... clearly, I am not. I posted because I wanted to know how I should prepare for 'structural' questions. The critiques I got were excellent. I should not sell him to people looking to compete seriously because he might be lame in the long run. This is good information. I do not want him to be lame!
However, I don't see the point of insinuating that I don't feed my horse. I asked for critique on how he is put together.
He has always been a 'self regulator'. His hay is good quality ... it is just that he won't eat if he's not hungry. He doesn't eat out of boredom. He always finishes the 12%, but many times not all at once. He will eat all of it if he's hungry, but sometimes, if he has just eaten a bunch of hay, he'll just eat a little and I leave it in his paddock. He eventually eats ALL of it, but that is how he is. He looks better in the winter, to be honest. Here is a his 'winter' pic (blocked out my friends face). He gets fuzzy and eats a lot more hay. I don't know why he does this, but that's how he is - he gets heavier in winter. I don't think he likes the heat and humidity. I am moving him to a new barn where he can live outside 24/7. The stall time isn't necessary since he does little work. But I CARE for this horse. I have my own horse, and he was my husband's before he passed away and he was ridden more back then, but I don't have time to ride two horses - I barely have time to ride one now. I have a teenager at the barn that rides him maybe twice a week and trains him Hunter/Jumper, but she doesn't ride him a ton - she does it because she is nice and I asked her. I have thought about leasing him and will try that route if he doesn't sell so I can afford board at the new barn.
But I am appreciative of the comments toward his structure. I won't place him in a home that will try to make him a barrel racer or a serious competitor of some kind.