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!
Last edited by torikye18; 03-16-2012 at 12:33 AM.
Reason: Forgot a picture!
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.
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show you that I can.
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.
To build up his muscle buy this book http://www.amazon.com/Equine-Fitness-Program-Exercises-Routines/dp/1603424636/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332271401&sr=1-1
It is awesome and will help you tailor a plan to make him nice and healthy :)