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    01-23-2010, 06:09 PM
Conformation critique

Hello, I want to find out if my horse have a good conformation. I see some flaws at him but I'm not sure if I'm wrong or not. Definitely he has a very narrow chest and he's a bit thin. Now he gained some weigh.
He's a gelding, 5 years old, unknown breed, or more exactly common or mixed breed. He was an abandoned horse. Currently he's at a horse shelter, and he's the horse that I care for for almost a year now.
I love him so much but I can't take him because I don't have the possibility to own a horse.
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    01-23-2010, 07:02 PM
The only two things that REALLY pop out at me are his frong legs look extrememly thin, they don't really look proportionate to the rest of him, and his rear end is a little higher up than the front. I also think he might be standing a little weird too. But he sure does look very kind and sweet!!
    01-23-2010, 09:45 PM
He looks pretty good:)..the main thing I noticed was that he lacks muscle, which makes him look out of proportion. That should be fixed if you can work him regularly and get some muscle on him. Very pretty!!:)
    01-23-2010, 10:18 PM
Needs some fat and muscle and he would be sooooo cute! He is a little downhill. Not a big deal. Very cute though and pretty color!
    01-23-2010, 11:16 PM
He needs alot of filling out.

His chest is a bit narrow, he is a tad sickle hocked, he has a narrow heartgirth, but those aside he is a really cute little horse. Just needs some muscle and fat
    01-24-2010, 06:09 AM
Thank you very much for the answers. He must surely build some muscle because he's really out of shape, I hardly manage to make some exercises with him. Now it's winter and it's very hard with all the snow and cold weather.
And I must teach him to lunge. He was used for carriage working by some gypsies. They often used hobbles at the front legs to limit movement so I was thinking that his narrow chest is a consequence of this practice. They use those things even for young horses. And besides of that, for them it is a normal practice to put at work a young horse at 1,5 - 2 years of age .
He was found on the city streets in a poor shape. Anyway, it's hard to understand why he's such a kind horse when you think at his past.
Now he's used very rarely at riding, he's still a green horse and he can't understand leg aids.

And sorry for my possible mistakes, I'm not very good at english.
    01-24-2010, 01:05 PM
I think he's very cute, looks like he was malnourished from a young age but is very hardy, poor guy. I love his coloring! His front feet are very long but it looks like those are being worked on in one of your pictures. He toes out in the front but a lot of horse do and being narrow in the chest probably partially causes this. I think with good food, worming, etc., he'll turn out to be a very nice, little horse :) Hope you get to have your own horse some day!
    01-25-2010, 05:56 AM
Thank you very much for the opinion :). I love this horse very much and If I had possibilities I would surely adopt him. Anyway, for now I spend as much time as I can caring for him at the horse shelter.

Have a wonderful day
    01-26-2010, 12:37 AM
I think he needs some weight for sure, filling out and muscling then we can give a more honest critique. He looks downhill, higher butt, low neck set, could use a hoof trim. Pretty color, needs more groceries IMO

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