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post #1 of 7 Old 10-13-2010, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Critique him please

I recently took some pretty good confo shots of Roma and I was hoping to get your opinions on his confo. I think his confo is good, but not the best... He could loose some weight and gain a lot of muscle. Keep in mind that he's in REALLY bad shape right now. He is a 13 year old arab gelding. What do you think of him overall?

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-13-2010, 02:28 PM
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You're right, he's fat.

He doesn't have the best head. It's a little coarse and blocky for an Arab, but he's a gelding and you don't ride the head.

He has a lovely shoulder, and a nice, short, sturdy back. He also has rather prominent withers for an Arab.

Not crazy about his croup, but a steeper croup means he's able to get his back end under him more than an Arab with a flat croup.

Can't really tell anything about his legs, since you don't have any front or back shots. Looks to have decent legs and feet from what I can see, and he has good pastern angles.

All in all, he's a cute little guy. What discipline do you do with him?
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-13-2010, 04:43 PM
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Speed Racer pretty much covered what I was going to say, so I'll jsut add he's a cutie ^^ I have a horse with whithers very similar to his, it's an act of god to find something that fits him right. -.-

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-13-2010, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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I do mostly trail with him with just some basic pleasure riding. However, he has a lameness issue that I need to get checked by a vet. :(
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Now, granted, he doesn't have the 'dished' face, but not all arabs do. He is a little chunky, but I think he's beautiful...I don't see much to critique him on really. I'd rather have a horse a little chunky than bone thin.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-14-2010, 09:42 AM
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I do mostly trail with him with just some basic pleasure riding. However, he has a lameness issue that I need to get checked by a vet. :(
Well that's troublesome.

Is it possible he's trying to blow an abscess? Arabians tend to be sound most of their lives, so I'm a little surprised that your guy is lame.

He is overweight but not horribly, so I doubt it's laminitis.

Hope you can get it figured out soon.
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No, I HIGHLY doubt its an abcess. He is not obviously lame. He goes lame after about 45 minutes on a trail (ridden or ponied) and its not like super lame but his stride is off. He doesn't go lame when I can ride him that long in the arena, but I want to make sure his bucking in the arena isn't lameness related. Either way, when he is limping, its not like he's in pain (no head bob, and really wants to trot, canter...).

Anyways I need to sell him, because I don't need 2 horses, so I want to make sure I don't sell somebody a 'riding horse' that isn't ridable :).
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