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post #1 of 10 Old 07-20-2011, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Confo critique - 6yr old APHA gelding

This is my APHA gelding The One For All a.k.a Cisco. He's out of EXOTIC CENTERFOLD and POST TOASTIE. He's 15.3hh and a red dun overo. I just got him 7 months ago and I've been working with him slowly on fitting for western Halter. Now, I'm not totally happy with these pictures but eh lol he was in a snotty mood this day.








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post #2 of 10 Old 07-20-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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These were taken the day I got him back in December.



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well, I don't know much about confo stuff, but i'll give you my opinion, lol. I think he's muscling out nicely, especially some muscle in the neck. I'm guessing he's young (he looks young) by the halter-training thing, but I have no idea how old? He does look very nice though, if a bit peeved at your "photo-shoot" He's a cutie and I wish you the best of luck with im, sorry I couldn't help more =P
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He's f-a-t, but I guess that's what you want for halter. His bullneck might post a bit of a problem in the show ring--are you sweating it? He's got the typical super-fine front legs with short, upright pasterns and small feet. But sure to monitor his soundness and farrier care very closely so as not to risk overloading them. Sounds like you know how to square him up but he just wasn't cooperating for the pictures. He's fairly long-backed, and has a "strange" croup...I just don't know how to describe it. In some photos he looks almost sickle-hocked/ camped-out, but I think that's the illusion of the angle.
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^^ now that you mention it the neck does look a tad thick at the bottom. I'm just used to my morgan who's got a really thick neck, lol.
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I think what bubba is seeing in the croup is an ill-set tail. Because a horse's spine and tailbone are directly connected, often if the spine slopes more than normal, it's tail will be lowset and will create an overly sloped croup. He also appears to have a very slightly roached back, which can also throw off that croup. Otherwise though, he's lovely! Beautiful color...I love the dorsal stripe. He definitely seems 'top heavy' since his front is quite a bit thicker than his hind, but some more muscling in those hindquarters could help offset that. How old is he?

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You're right, he is slightly roach backed. Its not as noticeable now that he's put on weight but when I first got him it was apparent. I'm hoping that with further conditioning you won't be able to notice at all. Since I'm no longer showing this year, I'm taking his fitting slowly (plus its been hotter than an oven baking cookies here recently. 98 degrees has been the average temp every day for almost a month!)
He just turned 6 in January. And he did not want his pic taken this day!! Lol he just wanted to snack. I only 2 shots in where he didn't look so mad! Haha he's usually a total angel but the grass was acallin' to him ;) I'm buying him a neck sweat soon, in preps for next year. He foundered sometime in his youth and has a crest in his neck now, which needs to be gotten rid of! :) on top of being my halter horse, he's also a trail mount and is doing well, having never been ridden before!! He just hasn't figured out this creek crossing business yet ;)
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Just a few more pics.

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Not a fan of his upright shoulder, though it goes with his posty pasterns.
His feet look overdue for a trim.
Some photos he looks downhill, others he does not. Though I do not believe being built downhill will affect placings in a halter class since that and upright pasterns seem to be traits they want there.

So frustrating when all you want it a good photo and they are just in a mood and will not cooperate. I totally feel your pain on that one.
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