Originally Posted by Allegro
His shoulder is pretty upright. I don't know how down hill he was before but his butt is higher than his withers. It might just be the way he is standing, but he also looks ewe necked. He is buck kneed on the front but that usually doesn't cause soundness problems. I would also like to see a picture of his front teeth because he looks parrot mouthed to me (upper jaw extends farther then the lower jaw) which can interfere with his ability to chew food.
Overall, I would say he's not too bad. The length of his back looks good and his hind end looks pretty good. What breed is he?
He is still a bit high in the butt, but definitely not as bad as it was before. He may have been standing on a slight slope as well to make it look worse. He was a racer, don't know if that has anything to do with his neck/shoulder/whatever (I think he has a little more muscle in the neck now than he did before). Here's how his butt was in March/April...though maybe it isn't any better and my eyes are playing tricks:
His knee may or may not be from an old injury (bowed tendon, completely healed, 100% sound). I'm not worried about that since he has no problems moving around (everyone loves how floaty his trot is...I'll get some movement shots up XD). Let's see if I can find a good shot of his teeth somewhere. His lip may have been a little droopy cause he knew mommy had carrots for him XD When I checked for his tattoo, they didn't look off to me. He also eats fine...with vigor, in fact. Ah here's a decent one:
Is the neck purely just how he's built or could that be something improved upon with time and work? He's not really meant to be anything fancy, especially being my first horse and a rescue at that, but maybe we could pull off lower levels of dressage...