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post #1 of 4 Old 11-26-2010, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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Confo Critique - Unicorn??? :)

I have noticed that all these conformation critique threads have these awesome critiques from TheLastUnicorn on them. I am very jealous. I want one!!!! LOL! :)

Anyway, this is the Percheron/Paint gelding that I used to have on lease. I do not have him on lease anymore () and will probably never get to see him again () but I have a tendency to think about him constantly. I never really got a good conformation critique of him. Be honest in your critiques. He'll always be perfect in my eyes.

An old picture, from the first week I had him in December '09.

And a more recent - though somewhat angled and not so squared up - picture, from October 2nd, the day before he left:

It's funny, he has his ears back in both of these pictures...he's actually the sweetest horse you could ever possibly have the privilege to meet. Here's one to show that quality:

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-26-2010, 12:20 PM
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Body Length = 13.36 cm
Shoulder Slope = 55 Degrees
Shoulder Angle = 82.97 Degrees
Scapula Length = 5.4cm 40% of BL
Humorous Length = 3.57cm 66% of SL
Forearm Length = 3.49cm 98% of HL
Cannon Length = 2.25cm 64% of FL
Pastern Length = .98cm 43% of CL
Back Length = 6.3cm 47% of BL
Ribcage Length = 6.19cm 98% of Back Length
Hip Length = 4.55cm 34% of BL
Femur Length = 3.92cm Shorter than Hip Length
Pelvic Length = 4.29cm is shorter than Hip Length
Hip Angle = 52.43 Degrees
Femur Angle = 60.46 Degrees
Pelvic Angle = 68.05 Degrees
Neck Length = 6.88cm 51% of BL

Ok, right off the bat… I want to move his front leg forward a bit… it would likely show us a slightly better slope and angle to his shoulder.

That said, this horse stands nice and square, and overall I like the balance of him. He definitely takes more after his draft lineage, you can see it everywhere other than his coloring. So, while I’m sure he was a nice riding horse, he’s going to have the “weaknesses” we typically see in drafts (at least as far as riding them goes)

His shoulder slope is 55 Degrees, this is a little steep, and like I say, if we could move his front leg forward it would probably be a bit better, though still on the steep side. His shoulder angle is 82.97 Degrees, so it is a closed shoulder angle. Even if we were to move his leg forward a bit, I seriously doubt that it would open it up to 100 Degrees or better, so we’re just going to call it like it is. He does have the very typical long, large shoulder of a draft horse, his Scapula length is 40% of his body length… this will help counter the fact that he’s both steep and closed through the shoulder, better again because his Humorous is nice and long too, being 66% of his Scapula length. So while the angles aren’t “ideal” the lengths will help counter them.

He has a LOVELY long forearm, and while his Cannon is less than 75% of his forearm length, I’d really rather see “heavy” built horses with a cannon closer to 50% of the forearm length (short cannons are strong cannons). His pastern length is good. I like how much bone he has for his body, and he has ample amount of foot.

His back Length is 47% of his body length, so not bad for balance… and his Ribcage length is 98% of his Back length… this isn’t “ideal” - it indicates a slightly long loin (not critically though, and you can see in the photo that his loin is nice and strong) He has a nice deep loin girth - which will help add that strength to the rear connection of the spine. His LS placement is a little farther back than I’d like to see it - falling just behind the hip - this will hinder his ability to really round out and collect.

His hindquarter is what really shows his draft heritage…The lengths and angles would help him push into a collar, and walk that way all day long, but not "ideal" for riding and sport purposes. We can clearly see that this hindquarter is not an equilateral triangle. He does have enough hip length - but just. 1/3 of his body length is needed to be “adequate” and he makes it. His femur length is shorter though, and his Pelvic length is as well. He has a decent angle to his hip, the angle to his femur is also OK… but if you look at his Pelvis (that front part of the triangle) you can see that it “tips” forward. This is going to make changing gears (well, ok, gaits) more difficult for him, and he’s really going to have to work hard to do so (same with sudden turns, or stops). What really saves him a bit here is that his hind limbs are a little over-angulated. This is going to make it easier for him to get his hind legs under him, in spite of that angle.

A little ironically, actually, his neck appears to be on the longer side (not a common amongst the draft crosses as many seem to take on the short draft neck) being a little over 50% of his body length, it is a heavy neck though - as would be common from a cross like this. I actually kind of like the shape of his neck, though it could use some more correct muscling to reduce the amount of muscle mass UNDER his neck. I like how it ties into his chest, and his chest has enough depth for me to say it’s “good”.

Overall he shows balance, his weaknesses are paired with strengths and he’s not a horse I’d be at all concerned about soundness issues. That said, he’s not a likely candidate (based solely on this photo and from a conformation stand point) to go above lower levels… of course some of that will always be dependant on the horse’s heart and will to please. I find his expression kind and quiet - even in those shots with his “ears back”. I find his markings striking and attractive as well.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-27-2010, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Unicorn!

For having so many conformation flaws, he was a surprisingly good riding horse! He has very long, smooth strides. It is however, a lot of work to get him working with his hind end under him - he does much better when kept very fit (with LOTS of hill work).

I really have no idea how he got such a long neck! Both his parents have very short necks! I actually don't think his conformation looks anything like either of his parents...

His sire:

His dam:
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Actually he doesn't have "so many faults"... really, because they are matched up with corresponding strengths. This is why I keep saying "the horse is a sum of it's parts" :)

I see his sire in his neck, actually, not so much the length of it (that's hard to tell without seeing the rest of his body), but the shape.
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