Originally Posted by Elana
OK. Here goes some conformation critique with pictures!
First of all, if he is doing well in reining this is a good example of a horse that is overcoming physical faults to do a job. Lots of horses do! Soo.. here is what he is over coming.
First of all he stands over a LOT of ground. On the attached photo, the quat area is all excess length he could do without. He is down hill as we can see from the red line that goes from point of buttock to to point of shoulder. The root of the neck is a little above this so he is not as down hill as that red line but he is down hill.
His neck ties to his chest low.. and his neck is a bit thick. The yellow line shows where his neck ought to tie in.
His shoulder is steep and the point of shoulder lays low with a low angle from point of shoulder to point of elbow (red). A better lay of shoulder is shown roughly by the yellow.
At his point of croup a yellow X is where the point of croup IS.. and the line and arrow pointing toward the withers is where is should be.
He is also a little sickle hocked and may be tied in at the knee.
This was a great analysis. The lines are so helpful. And he is a loooong horse. We call him a limo. He is almost sickle hocked AND a bit pigeon toed. He's in pretty good shape as far as any injuries. I'm surprised that he does what he does. I just give him a little guidance in a pattern but mostly let him do his thing. He's got a great slide when he's tuned up and a killer spin. He's 15.2. I'm also not competing at a high level, but I think he'd give a few a run for their money. Posted via Mobile Device