Please judge my 13 yr old, OTTB. He's a rescue and I'm curious!

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Please judge my 13 yr old, OTTB. He's a rescue and I'm curious!

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    03-16-2012, 12:24 AM
Please judge my 13 yr old, OTTB. He's a rescue and I'm curious!

Okay, so I have a rather long description. This is my 13 yr old OTTB, Presley. Presley came from a rescue. I got him on December 23, 2011. He believe it or not, has put on a significant amount of weight however has a long way to go still. I'd love to know what people think of his conformation. I know that he has a large hind, left ankle. I also know he has the capped hock in the right hind. That is only cosmetic :) Presley is the sweetest horse I have ever known. We right now are working on his balance since he has little muscle, so we're only doing small courses. I'd love to know what someone with a lot of knowledge thinks he'd be capable of. Just for fun, I have set a single up, and he has easily cleared 3 foot with about 2 ft to spare. And he loves it! Any comments at all would be greatly appreciated. It's worth a shot! (oh and he's wet in the non-riding photo, not mange-y!) Also, please don't mind my posture, I know I look bad!
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    03-16-2012, 12:52 AM
His hind legs look a bit posty, which isn't uncommon in thoroughbreds. He's over at the knee, another common thoroughbred fault (heck, Secretariat was over at the knee lol). I like his pasterns, although his hinds might be a little long.

I like his shoulder angle and his neck ties in well. He looks to be maybe a little pigeon breasted, but that may just be a weight/muscling issue. His neck looks like it'll be nice once it gets some muscle on it.

I like his back. It's a good length (not too short, but not too long) and looks like with muscling it'll be great.

Overall, he looks like a good-looking thoroughbred.
    03-16-2012, 01:18 AM
Thank you so much! I'm clueless about this stuff but I was rather curious! I truly appreciate it :)
    03-16-2012, 11:32 AM
Be careful not to jump him much until he is in better condition. You don't want him to get hurt. I don't have the actual experience, but I'll bet there are a bunch of members here who can advise you on ground and under-saddle work to build up his fitness.
    03-20-2012, 02:27 PM
He looks really nice and very pretty, just curious that barn and pasture look familiar lol are you at ridge road?!
    03-20-2012, 03:23 PM
To build up his muscle buy this book
It is awesome and will help you tailor a plan to make him nice and healthy :)

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