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post #1 of 11 Old 03-31-2008, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Critique 3 year old

This is Dusty a coming 3 yro solid paint gelding. Im going to be using him for cows and trail. Let me know what you think. Bad and good :)

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-31-2008, 06:16 PM
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he definately looks heavy on the forehand.
And to me his front legs look like they curve forward
there's also something else about his front legs, but can't place it

He's a nice looker though..really pretty!
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post #3 of 11 Old 03-31-2008, 07:13 PM
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He's got a nice short back and long underline. He is built slightly downhill, and he is calfkneed, and his pasterns appear to be a little straight. I would have like for him to have more of a chest. He is only 3, and will change as he fills out and grows, and he sure look spiffy undersaddle!
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-31-2008, 10:58 PM
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Built downhill. Legs set rather far apart. Posty legged. Long sloping pasturs. Neck doesn't tie into shoulder. Straight neck, croup muchhh higher then the withers. Elbow set off from withers. I don't think the legs curve forward. Stifle wayy higher then elbow, hench built downhill. I agree with heavy on the forehand. Looks like he is standing on his toes. Not enough hoof on the heel. Very pretty color.
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-01-2008, 05:01 PM
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He is down hill, and his neck is rather long. Sonny, I don't see how he is heavy on the forehand. He actually looks as if he has his weight shifted farther back than forward.

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post #6 of 11 Old 04-02-2008, 06:05 PM
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If a horse is built downhill, they're usually on the forehand. He looks tilted back... but when he's standing, it looks like all of the weight is on his front legs--it doesn't help that his neck is so long, because all it does it put more weight there.
However, when you ride him (or at least, in that one picture) his head is up, enabling him to get off of the forehand... so he should be alright.
As long as he does what you ask and does it well, conformation doesn't matter all that much.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-02-2008, 08:42 PM
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Im not good at critiques but I am going to try....A bit down hill, and a long kneck. His front legs look different but I don't know what. he's a cutie expecially for a 3 year old and I love how a little girl can handle him. Thats a good sign

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post #8 of 11 Old 04-03-2008, 02:40 AM
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I agree with whats been said, so i wont continue with that.
But he looks like a darling, esp at that age to let a little girl handle n ride him... just beautiful!

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-04-2008, 11:47 AM
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I actually think he looks more balanced on his hind end. The only reason though would be because he's sickle hocked.

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-04-2008, 01:05 PM
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He's not very sickle hocked, if he is at all. In the second photo, it's just the way he's standing.
His is built downhill. He has a tilt to his body, which throws the weight down to his head, and the neck that's too large, just weighs the front end down. That's why he's on the forehand.
At least in the pictures.
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