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    04-20-2011, 07:33 PM
Confo Critique Caleb

Well, I've been kinda putting this off, but I'd really like peoples opinions on him. I'll try to post as many useful pictures as I can.

He's about 11 years old, half Percheron half Arabian, 15.3 hands. He is "field fit" and lives on hay/graze with treats when I visit. He gets ridden anywhere from 3 times a week, to once every two weeks.

*note, these pictures were not originally intended for this purpose, but they are the best I have.

This is last summer 2010
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Last winter 2009/2010

This is two summers ago 2008
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three winters ago 2008/2009 when I first got him
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And this spring, the most recent picture I have:
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I have this kind of worry that he's got a sway back/getting one, but when I look at the pictures he looks okay. I'm sorry I don't have any of him from the front or back, I'll try to get some if it will help.

Thanks in advance!
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    04-20-2011, 07:59 PM
He's CUTE! I LOVE LOVE LOVE arab crosses, I have a morab. I don't know that much about confo critique but I don't think he's got a sway back, I believe he just needs more muscle along his topline.
He's a great looking horse! What do you do with him?
    04-20-2011, 08:51 PM
Mostly trail rides and ringwork. He's been in a parade and a festival and got a lot of attention for being the only grey horse. I would like to get him driving I know he'd be good at it, and I'm fairly certain he's done it before because the B.O put a full harness on him and he didn't bat an eye. He also pulled me around on skiis last winter XD.
    04-20-2011, 09:58 PM
From just these pictures, it looks like he's standing under with his forelimbs, and - I can't really tell for certain though - he might be base narrow too. The pictures, while displaying a very cute horse, aren't really great confy shots.

I agree, though - he needs more muscling along the topline. Going through the 'timeline' provided by the pictures, it looks as if he just recently lost mass there - the pictures from when you first got him, he looks nicely filled out along his spine. What was he used for before you got him, and how often, do you know?
    04-20-2011, 11:32 PM
Before he came to me he was lame (chipped the point of his shoulder) and spent about six months doing nothing but eating. Prior to the injury he worked full time on a trail string and was very very fit.

I will try to get some photos of his back end straight on and front straight on too. I used to have a lot more pictures but I lost a lot of them unfortunately.
    04-21-2011, 01:22 AM
Legs disproportionate for his body, but solid enough to support him. Having the farrier take back some toe can help his feet. His leg structure is overall fairly good, but is he cowhocked? Long/weak back for his legs, and steep croup. Short neck. Very nice shoulder. Needs a diet.
    04-21-2011, 01:27 AM
It looks like the top half of him is one horse and the bottom another. His legs are pretty short and his mass is pretty big. Has he ever had an founder trouble? He IS cute, though. Kind of a Dr. Suess horse. I like him!
    04-21-2011, 07:25 PM
Needs to lose weight! Going into summer with that extra chub is really risking laminitus!
    04-21-2011, 10:58 PM
He actually will lose weight in the summer and gained comparatively little weight through the winter as opposed to previous years, especially considering I haven't been able to see him as much. I have a wintec saddle and he has dropped two gullet sizes (he used to be on extra wide, now he's medium wide) since I first got him. At that time, I couldn't feel his ribs, now he has the normal layer of fat and I can feel his ribs a lot better.

He has never foundered that I know of, or had any issues with his hooves. They are strong and they chip instead of cracking. Sometimes people go "whats that!?" because he has a pretty freaky scar on his hoof wall, but its only cosmetic and was caused by a cut on his coronet band that happened not long after I got him.

Short as his legs are, they make him very, very surefooted. He slips very little compared to a lot of other horses at the barn.

His feet are long in all those pictures, I swear that's not really how they normally look. This picture shows them looking more how they actually are:
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