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post #1 of 7 Old 08-20-2011, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation critique: 6 yo sporthorse gelding

I'm interested in buying this gelding and wanted to get some opinions on him. I want to do some low level hunter/jumper (up to 3 ft) and maybe dressage and/or eventing. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-21-2011, 12:24 AM
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Sorry, I can't really help with conformation. But he's gorgeous!
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-21-2011, 12:27 AM
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His front end is nice enough. Not so keen on the hind. He's got a prominent point to his croup (what some people call a hunter's bump, though others mean something different by the term) and it slopes off from there. Not the best hip angle. That contributes to his overall weakness behind--he's camped out and lacks impulsion. He's rather straight through the entire hind leg, save for the pastern. I don't know that I'd discount him because of this, but he's certainly not ideal in that regard.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-21-2011, 01:15 AM
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Agree with Bubba on this one. He could use some muscle tone in the hind end but ultimately he might struggle over more challenging obstacles. I could see him functioning alright as a low level children's hunter, not sure if I personally would want to push him beyond that. However that's all I can gather from the photo and seeing his movement would do more to see what he can do with that hind end.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-21-2011, 08:12 AM
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His front is DIVINE. That neck is gorgeous, lovely head, clean through the throat latch, and great shoulder angles. However, he is long in the back and weak in the hindquarter. Not great for jumping IMO regardless of whether it is hunters or showjumping. Sporthorse is a type and IMO although his front is lovely, sporthorse he is not.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-23-2011, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your critiques!! I think I'll keep looking.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-24-2011, 06:11 AM
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Wise move IMO. He is nice but not a performance prospect. Heart can make up for a lot but with this horse moving forward with impulsion will be very difficult for him and all the disciplines you want to do with him branch off that. It is the very basis of dressage and as for hunters, jumpers and eventing, well, you can't have an effective jumper without a forward canter with rhythm, cadence and impulsion.
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