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post #1 of 10 Old 06-29-2012, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Your Thoughts and expertise

I am new to the forum and the horse world. I am the stereotypical tale of the girl loves the horses as a child and craves one as an adult. The twist is my husband is the sweetest man you can imagine and he fulfilled my dream and bought me one. That is where our horse tale begins.

The long and the short of it is we knew little to nothing about what we needed to know and a horse trader was more than willing to take our money. I don't regret a moment with my Equine boyfriend and am looking for your thoughts on his structure. I love him reguardless and I have lurked enough on forums to know that I can't wear my feelings on my sleeves.

So tell me what you think of my Boy. He seems to have had a rough start but we are showing him that 2 legged folks are not all bad. Yes, a newby with a troublesome horse in rough shape sounds scary, but the Lord was looking out for me and Marshall and we found an AMAZING barn owner who is mentoring us daily from the bottom up. We went way... back to basics.

Meet Marshall: The first 3 are shots of when we first got him. It didnt take an experienced horsewoman to know he was hungry. The other shots are current.

I hope my pics are sufficient for your analysis. I'm just curious what y'all think.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-29-2012, 12:15 AM
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Holy withers, batman.
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-29-2012, 01:34 AM
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Yeah, his withers are very high lol, but I like him. He's got a beautiful face and the change in him is great to see, looks like you're doing a wonderful job :) He looks like a happy chappy!

I'm not good with conformation though, so all I can really say is I think he looks sweet! :)

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-29-2012, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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LOL my novice eyes noticed that too. I have started a savings for a custom saddle, and we are working on adding muscle to back and neck.

Don't be shy y'all. Tell me what you see so I can learn.

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post #5 of 10 Old 06-29-2012, 01:08 PM
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Well, he's not as bad as you made him sound in your introduction. He's actually a pretty nice lil' guy. Who wouldn't fall in love with his "mascara eye".

He's a bit light of bone to my eye. His croup is steep and his hip is short compared to the shoulder being longer.

I think he'll be a very nice saddle horse and I am so glad you've found a good place to keep him.

Can your husband come and teach my husband how to be sweet and buy his wife a horse?
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Thanks for the input. I appreciate it.

Anyone else?
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-01-2012, 04:07 PM
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Not a bad horse and you have done good things with the feed.

He has a nice shoulder though the scapula might be a bit steep. I think he will pick his knees up over fenced if you try jumping him. However, as pointed out, he is light in bone so likely nothing more than 3 feet for jumping.

His croup is a bit steep and the top of his croup is set a bit far back. His hind leg is not perfrectly angled as a result. However, he has a nice hip and his body is solid. As mentioned, he has very high withers so saddle fit will be very important. Due to the very high withers, his neck appears a bit ewe but in reality I doubt that it is.

I wish his hocks and knees were a bit lower.

Not a bad horse. Take your time laying a foundation on him and on YOU.

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Thank you Elana

Anyone else? I would love to learn.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-04-2012, 01:09 PM
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I really, really like him. He has a couple flaws, as others have mentioned, but as my horse is shark-fin withered, I can relate! Overall, I think he is quite lovely and looks like he'll make a great mount. I LOVE his face. So sweet, and honest. Congratulations!

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-04-2012, 03:11 PM
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I agree with what others have said....but once this horse gets more weight, starts to build muscle, is in the correct and consistent work to build that will find that muscle along his back will fill in and those withers won't be so HOLY WITHERS arny more. When I horse looses fitness, weight and muscling across the topline...what you see here is the result.
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