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    08-15-2013, 02:47 PM
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Whiskey- How's he coming along?

Hello all! I first posted a conformation critique of Whiskey when I was still considering whether or not to buy him. He has now been at my barn a month, and is slowly but surely gaining the extra weight he needs.

We have been working on topline and carrying himself correctly, but we have hit a snag with a bout of pneumonia. He is DEFINITELY still growing. Even my vet commented on it when he saw him this past Tuesday. He has caught up to his butt more, and I can no longer see over the top of his withers at all.

What do you see about him conformation wise? Please feel free to tear him to shreds. He is sticking around either way because he has the best personality in the world. Here are some pics I took this morning. Sorry if they are not the best, he was excited to be out of his stall for this 5 minute break.

The first pictures are his for sale picture and the day I brought him home

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And Today :


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    08-15-2013, 06:06 PM
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Okay so I'm guessing he still looks downright awful and there is nothif good to say about him ..or else these pictures aren't the best for it. I can try again with help tonight.
     
    08-15-2013, 06:09 PM
  #3
Yearling
His coat has a bloom on it now.

Some of the pictures do not show him off to a good advantage. Can you get some help to stand him up square and take better ones?
     
    08-15-2013, 06:15 PM
  #4
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Yes I can! Thanks red gate. I will have some help out there tonight who can hold him.
     
    08-16-2013, 12:27 AM
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Okay new pics! Hopefully these work better. They are the best I can do. He is not great at standing totally square or still. Especially since he's been stall confined all week. He is also not really photogenic apparently. He looks a lot better in person. Ha. Again .. please tell me anything/everything you see. I have a few ideas about his flaws and also what I really like about him, but I'm hoping to get some better insight from all of you knowledgeable people :) Thanks

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    08-16-2013, 01:20 AM
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I do see an enhanced shine to his coat and more muscle in his hip and shoulders, however he still is thin and is lacking topline. He looks about the same body condition score that he was when you purchased him. His neck is long and ties in a bit roughly. He is long backed and long coupled. Shoulder angle is pretty good. Croup is a bit steep, but I like the set to his hocks. He is quite light boned and tied in below the knee and also back at the knee. None of these photos are suitable for assessing his front legs or rear legs from in front or behind, as he is not standing square. If that is really how he stands in the rear often then he is bow legged, but I suspect it is just how he is standing at that moment. He has a kind expression and sounds like he has a nice temperament. I am unsure how old he is, but would love to see him in another 6 months with another 80 lbs on him. I do think you are moving in the right direction and although the changes are not huge, I can definitely see some.
     
    08-16-2013, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Tryst    
I do see an enhanced shine to his coat and more muscle in his hip and shoulders, however he still is thin and is lacking topline. He looks about the same body condition score that he was when you purchased him. His neck is long and ties in a bit roughly. He is long backed and long coupled. Shoulder angle is pretty good. Croup is a bit steep, but I like the set to his hocks. He is quite light boned and tied in below the knee and also possibly back at the knee. None of these photos are suitable for assessing his front legs or rear legs from in front or behind, as he is not standing square. If that is really how he stands in the rear often then he is bow legged, but I suspect it is just how he is standing at that moment. He has a kind expression and sounds like he has a nice temperament. I am unsure how old he is, but would love to see him in another 6 months with another 80 lbs on him. I do think you are moving in the right direction and although the changes are not huge, I can definitely see some.
Thanks Tryst :)
I definitely think the bowleggedness is the pics. I will work with him on standing square. For a while he had put on a noticeable bit of weight but then he hit another growth spurt and we were back to seeing ribs. He is newly 4 and unfortunately, once his owners decided they wanted to sell him, they stopped putting a lot of food/time into him.

He is ewe necked (from my understanding of the term) and though he is getting better about carrying himself correctly, it was very hard for him at first. I probably wasnt being fair to him to try to take confo shots while he has been on stall rest sick either. I am sure that hasnt done anything for his weight/muscle . He is definitely a project in all sense of the word, but I am enjoying him. I'll make sure to have another of these threads in 6 months :)
     
    08-16-2013, 11:42 AM
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For what it is worth I don't see a ewe neck, just one that is improperly muscled with bottom muscle more developed than the top one. A true ewe neck has a bulge downward.
     
    08-16-2013, 12:03 PM
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Yearling
From the front and back pictures, he's going to put strain on the inside of his knees and the outside of his hocks.

Looking at the front legs, they angle towards each other from the shoulder to the knee, then out from each other from the knees to the ground. This will cause stress and he will not be suitable for quick turns (no cutting or barrel racing).

Looking at the back legs, the opposite happens, the go out to the hocks then in to the ground. Stress on the outside of the joint.

He has a very kind look and seems to be a nice boy. He should be suitable for trail riding but I wouldn't put him into any job that will stress those legs.

I don't see an ewe neck either, just a neck that will develop with time and training.
     
    08-16-2013, 01:18 PM
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Thanks RGF! I looked at him closer this morning and his legs don't do that. I believe it looked that way because he is so dang fidgety. I will work on the standing still and standing square and post another conformation shot in a few months time.

He was cleared by the vet school here for eventing and I was very up front with then about what I wanted to do with him. They have told me "no" on horses I have had checked out before, so I don't think those must be accurate pics of his legs.

The only thing my vet from there really said about him was that he needs weight, he needs to build more muscle and that he needs 4-6 months off from heavy work while he finishes growing.
     

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