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        08-25-2010, 11:51 PM
    Conformation Critique (:

    This is Sierian, a 9 year old, 16.1 hand high Thoroughbred cross Welsh Cob. He is really out of shape right now, so he looks pretty fat, but I thought I'd still ask what you guys thought. (: I am going to be eventing him, hopefully he will take me successfully through the levels.

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        08-26-2010, 01:22 PM
    (: anyone?
        08-27-2010, 01:35 PM
    He is very cute, and his colour is beautiful. I love dapples.
    Im not very good at the critique of confo
        08-27-2010, 02:36 PM
    I don't know an extensive amount about conformation critique but I know a few things, his legs look very straight, he has a very clean neck and throat latch, and his tail ties in very nicely. He looks to have very good conformation and he's absolutely gorgeous with his dapples!! He looks to have good muscling both in his front end and back and not really overweight.
        08-27-2010, 03:06 PM
    He looks rather heavy in the front, most likely because he's just overweight and his neck is huuuge He also looks a wee bit downhill, but not horribly. I bet with some conditioning and a diet plan he'll turn out wonderfully.

    How old is he? He's awful cute :)
        08-28-2010, 01:42 AM
    No confo critique from me, just stopping in to say he's lovely and all the best!
    Always been a sucker for TX x welsh cobs, rode one when I was a kid and she was stubborn as hell, but a beautiful ride otherwise
        08-28-2010, 02:13 AM
    Green Broke
    If you want a good critique it needs to be without tack on the horse.

    It looks like he's a bit chunky and he stands under in the front. I do like his head.
        08-28-2010, 12:02 PM
    He has a pretty upright shoulder.
        08-28-2010, 12:31 PM
    I love the dapples, very cute.

    He looks like he stands under himself a bit in front and may be slightly sickle hocked in back.
    There is something about his pasterns that concerns me though. For one they are at a different angle than his foot. But more concerning are the fact that they are so skinny. Look at his heel and then where his pasterns connect. They have nice length though.
    He does have an upright shoulder but that could be good for eventing.
    His back looks weak and a little downhill but I think with more conditioning that could be improved.
    Other than that he looks like a very happy sturdy boy.
        08-28-2010, 11:52 PM
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    conformation thoughts

    Serian looks like a horse with a lot of personality (really sweet face and very alert expression), and after all, isn't the very most important factor?
    As for conformation, he is long backed and does have an upright shoulder. The first thing means that his back will be weaker but it can also mean a more comfortable ride for the human, and that horse will be better able to flex laterally. Conversely, it will be harder for him to flex longitudinally (get his croup tucked under and his rear legs well under himself for collection) The more you do to strengthen his back and develop lateral flexion, the better he will be. Upright shoulder means a bit more jolting ride. Oh well . . .
    I don't see a real problem with the pasterns. Maybe a little difference in angle. Maybe the farrier is trimming him too steep (taking off too much toe). I think you must know better than us how he FEELS when yo ride him. His conformation isn't text book perfect. Are you a perfect rider?

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