Originally Posted by maura
Best features for a jumper/sport horse are his terrific shoulder and slightly high neck set. Ratio of forearm to canon and pastern angles are also good.
Worst is the long weak back and what appears to be a short hindquarter. By short I mean the length from point of hip to point of stifle. Could be the angle of the photo; in the photo taken from behind, he looks like he has plenty of muscling; but from the side he looks flat in the group and light in the gaskin.
Just went back and read your original post, his Arab breeding explains everything I've mentioned about the hind end; but makes the long back even odder.
He looks great for 20; and critiquing him is a bit of a sucker's game - obviously he's been very successful for you, and judging by his overall condition, he is much beloved.
Thank you Maura, I was hoping you would be one of the replies (also to note: I would be tickled pink with a reply from JDI, Spyder, Anebel & Allison, as well as others). His hind is not as muscled as I'd like it to be, yet. But I definitely see the long backedness, somedays it seems like he goes on for miles! I think he has the very slightest of hunter bumps - you can feel it if you run your hand over his croup - but it's hard to see. Either way, it doesn't affect him. He's actually half-Arab, half-Welsh. I have pictures of both his parents, and it DEFINITELY explains his long backed-ness. Yes, he is very, very much loved. I have owned him for seven years now, and have been offered 9x what I paid for him multiple times. He'll never go anywhere, he has a forever home with us!
Originally Posted by AlmostThere
What a beautiful boy! And in such great shape for 20 :). What a gorgeous tail. I'm not very good at critiques, but it looks like his back is a little long. ETA: Ha ha, maura posted at the same time as I did, and with a much more thorough and better educated answer :) (but I guess I got the long back bit right
Thank you for replying! I have to tell you though, I hate his tail! It's so wispy and frizzy. I wish it was thick, but I kind of fear MTG (apply with rubber gloves?!) and as a jumper its not important for his tail to be thick. Thanks for the great shape comment, I put a lot of time, energy, and work into keeping him in tip top shape!