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post #1 of 5 Old 09-02-2011, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Critique this gelding!

If you guys could help me critique this gelding that I am interested in buying it would be great! Please be honest and blunt.
He is a 9 year old Halfinger X Morgan. 14.3hh. He has a wonderful temperment and is quiet and willing under saddle. I ride english so I'm looking for a horse that I can jump small courses with, and do some basic dressage with, also a horse that is quiet to hack out. Looking at his conformation please let me know if you think he is physically capable of fufilling these requirements. Keep in mind that hes over weight and out of shape,.. he hasn't been ridden much since last fall.

Thanks and I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-02-2011, 11:04 AM
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I like this boy for a variety of reasons. First and foremost I like his low hocks and low knees. You can see the morgan in him for sure. He has good bone and a bit of draft look to him. He is a bit long over all, but that is a very Morgan trait.

He is a bit sickle hocked and his shoulder angle is not very open. I would not want to do a lot of jumping with this horse. I suspect he does not bring his knees up.

His back is quite long which will make it difficult for him to collect and to work off his rear quarters. He also has a very thick and cresty neck that may be indicative of a thyroid issue. I would have that checked as part of any PPE.

For low courses (2' or maybe 2'6") and lower level dressage and hacking he looks fine. He does need the farrier for those feet.. but he looks very very useful.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-02-2011, 11:27 AM
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I like the looks of him. He has a calm looking demeanour and a kind eye. This looks like a boy that can go all day and not break down. He also appears to be a very easy keeper.

Nice head, thick in the throatlatch detracts from the neck, a bit long in the back, good bone!

I'm not sure about jumping, since the Halflinger wasn't developed for that discipline and it doesn't appear the Morgan half lightened him up any. He looks sturdy and comfy for trail riding, packing and I'd definitely get him driving if you could. He'd look great doing that!

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Thanks for the replies!!
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-03-2011, 11:13 PM
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He has steep shoulders- usually meaning choppy hard to sit gaits- not good for dressage! Or pleasure for that matter. The pasterns are bordering being to short. He has nice short cannon bones. His heartgirth would preferably be deeper. He also has a good hip. And a good short back. He looks very kind in the eye! I would say definatley consider him.

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