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post #1 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Yearling conformation questions

I know that he is at a gangly stage, and has a lot of changing to do, but I was hoping for some input about any conformational red flags anyone sees.

Please look and respond as objectively as you like; I won't get hurt feelings at all. :) I am alright about getting an overall sense of conformation of a horse, but I am terrible at actually identifying the more subtle things that stand out.

He is a yearling, projected to be about 16H. He's about 14.2 right now. He is an Oldenburg/Arabian cross.

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Haha... I know he's so awkward and hard to really critique at this age...just give me whatever thoughts you can. :)
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post #3 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 06:50 PM
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It can be so hard to judge through the yearling fuglies and, no offense, but he's got a pretty serious case of them right now LOL.

There are several things that he may or may not grow out of but there are 3 that really stand out to me that aren't likely to change much as he grows. 1) He toes out slightly on the front end and appears to be knock-kneed, especially on that right front. 2) He's got a pretty prominent roach back. That shouldn't keep him from being a good riding horse, but saddle fitting will likely be a pain in the butt. 3) He has pretty long, weak pasterns. While some horses do grow into their pasterns if they are a touch on the long side as yearlings, his are really long so even if he grows into them some, they'll still be long.

As for the stuff that he may grow out of; he's massively downhill but that's just a yearling thing LOL. There is something wonky about the angles of his hind end, but that may just be because he's so downhill right now. I wouldn't call it a fault yet.

I like his neck and he's got a really nice shoulder on him. He also looks like such a sweetie and has really flowy gaits. I'll be anxious to see how he grows up and how his training progresses.
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:) I saw those three points as well. I was hoping that the pasterns will seem a bit more proportionate once he's full grown. And I'm really hoping that the roach is in part due to him being so downhill right now. The toed out (esp. right) doesn't seem to cause enough winging to have him knocking feet, so I guess that's good and my farrier wonders if it will correct slightly as his chest fills out.

I guess my biggest worry is the pasterns because it seems like it could be the most limiting factor for him (esp. with hunter/jumper, right?).

It's funny because, though I know he has a terrible case of the yearling fuglies, I have a mommy's eye for him and still find him so handsome. lol

Thanks for the feedback :)

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He is a cutie. That's for sure.. my question.. Can you jump a horse with 'roach back'? << read about Sunny and I. Our journey
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Oh, I understand the "mommy's eye" for sure. I've got my own fugly yearling, complete with her own set of major conformational faults...but I couldn't love her sweet self more if she was million dollar beautiful LOL.

Yes, you can jump a horse with a roach back, but the severity of it will greatly influence how high or how often you can/should jump them. An opinion off the internet is great for ideas, but I'd have a vet look him over when he's grown just to make sure that his back and his pasterns will stand up to it at the level you're looking to do.
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Originally Posted by barrelbeginner View Post
He is a cutie. That's for sure.. my question.. Can you jump a horse with 'roach back'?

I'd like know the answer to that question too? I'm interested in several disciplines, but would like to know which would possibly be more limiting.

Another question related to the roach... sire and dam don't have roach backs, so is this something non-genetic (of course earlier generations could have had this)?

Oh geez... I just can't wait to see how well the littler bugger will grow into himself. ;)
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I am no good for conformation, I just have to say I love his buddy, the goat. I think it is hilarious he is lounging right along with him! That is a true friend 😘
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Like you said, it may be partly due to the fact that he's so downhill at this point. The more I look at him, the more I think that it will greatly diminish as his shoulders catch up with his hips.

As for where he got it...that's anyone's guess. There might be a gene for a roach hiding in there somewhere a couple of generations back or it might have been caused by how he was carried for a time in the womb, there's just no telling.
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you addressed pretty much what I asked while I was typing! :)

I am definitely looking forward to getting updates from my vet along the way and when he's mature. She's quite a horsewoman too with an eye for conformation and how it relates to athleticism, so that will be nice to have.
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