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        04-10-2012, 03:31 AM
    Please help with this horse?

    I'm looking at this horse as a competitive hunter jumper with a bit of recreational dressage on the side. How do you guys feel about his conformation for this. I'm still kinda new to selecting "form to function."

    Ezekial: 16.2hh, 2009, unraced chestnut gelding by Stevie Wonderboy out of Afternoon Trick by Summer Squall. Half brother to champion Trickmeister. Built uphill, excellent hind end and catlike on his feet. Kind. Built to perform.

    I know Roman noses are considered a conformational flaw but I think they're adorable, so other than that... And sorry there are not front/back shots. I only have what is provided.




    And here's a video...
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        04-10-2012, 01:20 PM
    Bumping. Please help.
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        04-10-2012, 01:32 PM
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    Love him!!! I think his conformation is excellent. Love his Roman Nose and I dont' think it's in any way a fault. He is a keeper!
        04-10-2012, 01:33 PM
    Wow, Are you a night owl? Lol
    He's definitely a willing hunter. I see the same head and neck that I had on my QH, "Ro Go Bar", (Racing QH, 1982-2009, RIP), except mine was built downhill, and this one is more balanced.

    Ro Go Bar, who also had a Roman Nose, would flex with his nose on the vertical, head set lower, and looked very much like this gelding. I think that is what you can expect to see when you train for Dressage. IMO, he won't have the same head set as a warmblood, or an Arab.
    I remember horse magazine ads for European warmbloods in the 1980's. Pretty much ALL of them had Roman Noses. They have since tried to breed this out. Consider the purpose of a Roman Nose, that is, to enable the horse to inhale deeply. I believe aesthetics have bred a compromise. Don't think twice about this horse's profile. I would consider the other factors. I like this horse. He seems like a good guy.
        04-10-2012, 01:34 PM
    Thanks! I'm wondering about jumper potential? I'm worried about his front pasterns being a bit upright.
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        04-10-2012, 01:56 PM
    Roman noses aren't a functional conformational fault of any sort. They are in certain breed standards, but nothing we should be concerned about.

    I like him. He looks a sturdy fellow. I wouldn't worry about those pasterns, they match his shoulder and aren't excessive in anyway.

    He's got a high point of shoulder, which is awesome. He's got a decently long and sloped humerus, which will help him lots in jumping. Plus, he's got a great engine back there!

    I think he'd do you proud.
        04-10-2012, 02:12 PM
    Maybe it's just me - but it looks like he has tiny feet. :/
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        04-10-2012, 02:13 PM
    Green Broke
    I love his Roman nose!!!!
        04-10-2012, 02:20 PM
    Green Broke
    I love roman noses! He looks fantastic.
        04-10-2012, 03:09 PM
    Green Broke
    This is a very nice horse but the YouTube is NOT his first ride (just sayin'). I like him a lot. I wish his knees and hoks were a bit lower, but I think he will do fine as a hunter and dressage will improve him.

    Nice horse.

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