He has put on weight.. now he needs to be put to work trotting up hills.. to get his abdominal muslces strong to start getting his entire ring of muscles working.
Now, I will say his hind pasterns are a bit long.. and there are those who will whine that he has a tiny roach in his back.. his neck is lacking on top. Those are all true.. but this is a really nice horse. He has nice big hocks, Long pasterns behind are not a huge issue because the hind legs only carry 40% of the weight (Grand Prix Jumping might hurt them). He has nice front legs.. maybe a tiny bit over at the knee and his shoulder is a bit steep and the point of shoulder a bit low.
As he gains weight AND is put to work AND gets his ring of muscles working, this horse has a great shot at being very very pretty.. mud and all.
DO read this.. http://www.equinestudies.org/ring_re...008_pdf.pdfand
DO get him working nicely because this horse is worth it IMO.
I would love to see him ridden 5-6 days a week with lots of long trots up hills with his rider standing in the stirrups (2 point) and giving him rein to lean into the hill. I would love to see him learn to trot caveletti.. working gradually up to 8 poles in a row and then having them elevated 12 inches off the ground.
Do that and then show him to us in 6 months.. a nice photo.. and I expect there may be some "wow" there.