Hi guys - I would love to get a critique of this guy. He's a 16.2H quarter horse with a decent amount of Tb in him, not appendix though. I have shown him alot in the all-around events - Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation, Horsemanship, Western Riding, and Showmanship. Have been working on him over fences and would like to get other people's opinion on his conformation, mainly as a hunter but also as a general all-around QH. Thanks! The first one is of him at 6yo, the second is as a 2yo, and the third is at 6yo.
He looks a decent sort. Nice head/neck/shoulder. Neck set a little low for my taste but I suppose good for HUS/western disciplines.
He IS very over at the knee, which would be my major worry, since he's young so it's unlikely to be from overwork and more of a conformational issue. Unless he has been SERIOUSLY overworked in his short life which is of course a worry in itself. His hindlegs are also weak, sickle-hocked and with upright pasterns, but not the worst ever ever.
I'm also not a huge fan of his behind, but that could be mostly lack of muscling.
EDIT: Just to say he does like SLIGHTLY over at the knee in thr 2yr old pic, but no where near as bad as now, so something has worsened it, but probably because he was born with the tendency to go that way.
Also, are you sure that's the same horse! How different is his colour - wow!
They've said the knees, and the sickle-hocks...
I wish his hocks would tie in a little lower, but that's just being picky. I don't love his shoulder... I like them on a 45 degree angle and his is a little upright--just a little. Like his neck, though I would like to see just a tad more muscling on the top line. He's very balanced, though, and not butt-high.
Thanks - he was backed as a 3yo. I don't have any pics with more weight on him - if we put anymore on him than it is in these pics it seems to go to his belly, and he has something called anhydrosis, ie he can't sweat, which makes it hard for him to keep weight on and you really don't want him to carry around excess at all.
As far as soundness goes, he has never had any issues with his legs - he is currently 9 and has been shown pretty hard.
Well his stifle is very high, meaning he is downhill. His neck doesn't tie into his shoulder all too well, but that's nothing big. He has a goose rump. I disagree with Sickle Hocked. He isn't sickle hocked, he has perfect hocks, nice and straight. Proper hock angle. Normal pasturn slope. I would need a front view to correctly assume this but, he looks buck kneed. Possibly that's why you all are worrying about his knees, it looks like he is trying to support himself. Buck knees give that look.