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    12-28-2012, 01:00 PM
Pony Conformation: just for fun

Hi there! I am just posting this out of curiosity. I have no plans to sell my pony Jesse, he has his forever home here. But I just wanted to know your opinion.

He's not a riding horse, he competes in-hand in agility. We have very little idea what he actually is as far as breed (we were told HackneyXMorgan, his papers say Show Pony or Hackney Show Pony) nor do we know his breeding. His "show name" is Churchill Junior, which could have a prefix in the front, I have to check his sale papers to be sure.

Anyway, he likes to pose and be fancy, he decided to stare at an imaginary monster in the woods and in turn I got some shots of him standing in his normal stance. He has a very nice trot, he holds his head arched and his tail stands up. Also, he is roughly 13h

So without further ado, here is my little sabino (as I call Him)

Near Side:

Far Side:

3/4 View:

Front View:

Back View (not the best, I can get a better one eventually is needed)

So just any opinions? Again, like said, not selling him or anything, he's a gelding so not like he's going to breed... this is just for fun.
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    12-28-2012, 01:29 PM
Green Broke
Shoulder is very upright and his neck is set quite high
Front legs look ok, though his cannons are short
Back is quite swayed
Hindquarters look nice
Back legs may be just a tad posty
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    12-28-2012, 02:01 PM
Well he's very cute, certainly. Is he parrot-mouthed? Maybe has a little bit of a plain head but the winter whiskers don't help. I'd like to see a finer throatlatch. His shoulder is steep. He is sway-backed. I don't think he is posty behind, but does seem to stand very close all the time, so might be a bit cow hocked? Difficult to tell from the pics. Can't tell about his feet with all the snow. He looks as though he might be quite the character!

    12-28-2012, 02:24 PM
Green Broke
Just to add to what lilruffian said.. the minute I saw this pony I thought "Hackney Cross."

Knew a pony years ago that looked like this (not so much length or sway to his back) who was a very brave jumper and fox hunter. He took all the "big horse" jumps on the cross country course and was really good when the Huntsman blew "Gone Away!"
    12-28-2012, 02:33 PM
I don't know to much about conformation, but he is so cute and fuzzy! :)
    12-28-2012, 03:34 PM
Thanks everyone! I agree with what everyone is saying, Its possible he could be "parrot mouthed" but it could be an illusion since his lip is white and he was just snuffing around the the snow, I think he has some snow stuck there... maybe not XD but he does have chunky pony lips.

I probably should have mentioned he was 12 going on 13 years old.

I agree he's a cutie, someone mentioned he looks like a character.... he is very much so. He likes to be snuggly (leans his head on you) once he is comfortable with you, he likes to give "back-rubs" with his lip, and all that cuddly stuff. But when he gets a bad idea, he will always follow it out.... hence the reason all our gates have to be triple locked, and our half doors have to have an extra board across to stop him from jumping out -The jump course we do in hand is his favorite-

lol, sorry for the rambling.... back on subject; I agree about his back, but he's not being ridden, so not a huge deal. I think he may stand close a lot, sorry about the snow, we got slammed with the nor'easter yesterday and he was having his Hackney attitude day where he didn't want to be haltered, but the barn is dark anyway so it wouldn't have been any better.

Thanks again, I would love to hear any other opinions if anyone sees something different, I would ask for critique on my mini but she is so fuzz right now it would be impossible. She's just a fuzz ball.
    12-28-2012, 07:03 PM
Green Broke
Sway back could be helped with cavaletti.. even if you don't ride him. Just sayin' The object, just like in humans.. is "stomach crunches" to tighten the gut. Makes the back a lot more comfortable too (humans and horses).
    12-28-2012, 09:07 PM
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Just out of curiosity, why did you choose inhand over riding him? He's one cute little guy!
    12-29-2012, 01:52 PM
Originally Posted by Elana    
Sway back could be helped with cavaletti.. even if you don't ride him. Just sayin' The object, just like in humans.. is "stomach crunches" to tighten the gut. Makes the back a lot more comfortable too (humans and horses).
I agree, He does do some cavaletti on his agility course.

Originally Posted by Endiku    
Just out of curiosity, why did you choose inhand over riding him? He's one cute little guy!
Well, Not only I am not the right size for him, but he is extremely jumpy and not trust-able under saddle or in cart, and in-hand seemed the best solution as he likes to figure out puzzles and explore, which exactly what he does in agility and natural agility. Plus he seems to enjoy it more than anything else.
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