Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Southern California
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Cute horse, but you're right...too heavy in front. If you were to divide him into three even sections, his front section would account for way too much of his body. This lack of proportion will cause heaviness on the forehand, as you predicted, which is undesirable in a jumping prospect. I'm sure with regular work that his hind end will muscle-up, but not enough to make up for the unequal structure on the front end. Also, his back appears too long and weakly coupled. His should is too upright, which will make it difficult to pull his legs up tightly over a jump. A thick throat-latch combined with a "coarse" head make him an unlikely candidate for a successful jumping horse.
All that to say, though, that conformation can never outweigh heart. I'd ride him if I were you. He looks very sweet and docile. Is he brave? Does he attack problems? Is he bold and smart? If so, then I'd say that those qualities can do a lot to compensate for weak conformation. In the end, I probably wouldn't ask him to do much more than lower level jumping, as that could invite soundness issues and/or cause him difficulty.