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post #1 of 4 Old 09-06-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Cool conformation critique my boys!

first is a picture of my horse ive had for 4 years. he is an appendix QH and 14 years old. please give me a conformation critique on him. he is 15.1h.

next is a picture of the horse that i am training. he is a 6 year old appendix qh. please give me a confo critique on him. he is 15.3h

last is a picture of my horse junior (same as first pic) jumping about 2'6". please critique his form.

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-06-2011, 12:18 PM
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Starting with the first guy, he's a little long in the back and somewhat swayed, with a steep slope to his croup. He also appears to be a little roached (bump above his loins). His chest could be deeper and his back legs are posty. I definitely see more TB in him than QH (opposite for the other horse lol) but he looks good going over the jumps!

I like the 2nd horse. He seems to be nicely proportioned, though a tad high in the wither. He has a steep slope to his shoulder, but an overall decent build.

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-06-2011, 12:47 PM
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Agree with what is said here (except the jumping). Both horses look like they need to learnhow to use their ring of muscles.. they have not been asked to work off their hind quarters and shift their weight to the rear. This is showm by a lack of abdominal muscle and necks that are not 'turned over."

These two both have similar hind quarters.. so much so I wonder if they share the same ancestors. Horse number one looks to need a front tram and reset. I notice the shoes are spread at the heel to give support to the hoof. The hocks appear a bit round and the hind legs seem a bit straight.

Horse #1 jumps exactly as his conformation dictates he would jump. He does not have the shortness of back or open shoulder angle to be pretty over jumps. He lacks abdominal muscles to try to be pretty. He looks like he stabs in front of the fence and then over jumps it because his front knees hang (and they do, that is why he tucks hier front legs).

Not bad horses either one.. just need to be worked on basics to build better musculature along the abdomine to help support their long backs.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-06-2011, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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the first one no longer get worked rigorously because of the fact that he has navicular. that is why his feet look the way that they do. horse number two i just started training. like he literally was broke to ride about a month and a half ago. so once he finds his balance he will start working off of his hindquarters. thanks!

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