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post #1 of 9 Old 06-03-2011, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Mr Gilmore

Yes he is the most handsome boy, yes he has got spots, so you can all say he is handsome

I would really like it and would find it helpful if you could

* point out what you think his best and worst features are

* Give your view on his overall condition, weight and muscles, if he has any

* What changes you see between the now pics, and the last one, which was before I bought him.


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He looks toed out, somewhat downhill, and with quite high withers (so finding a saddle could be a pain in butt). And hard to tell from pics, but looks like his trim should be on way (based on those angles and flares). Although I have to say my horses grow A LOT during a summer (I have to go with 6 weeks vs usual 8 weeks). Definitely far from being starved. And I like his shoulder angle. Overall cute horse.

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Cute... I like his name... Lol
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He looks toed out, somewhat downhill, and with quite high withers (so finding a saddle could be a pain in butt). And hard to tell from pics, but looks like his trim should be on way (based on those angles and flares). Although I have to say my horses grow A LOT during a summer (I have to go with 6 weeks vs usual 8 weeks). Definitely far from being starved. And I like his shoulder angle. Overall cute horse.
Thanks, He is actually surprisingly easy to fit a saddle to, which came as quite a shock, but I really struck lucky with his Stubben, which really fits him nicely.

Good call on the trimming, farrier was due last weekend and had to cancel due to the weather, so he will be here on Tuesday.
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Thanks, He is actually surprisingly easy to fit a saddle to, which came as quite a shock, but I really struck lucky with his Stubben, which really fits him nicely.
You are very lucky then! Both my girls been a real pain in butt to find a saddle which fit (they have somewhat similar confo to Mr G).

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I love his markings! As for confo, he is cow-hocked in the back as well as a bit post-legged. His withers are high as kitten_val said. In the last pic he looks like he's filled out really nicely though.

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He is definitely cowhocked in the rear, but fairly square chest box up front, though elbows are a little tucked in and therefore he does toe out a wee bit in front, too, especially his left fore.
His humerus bone (shoulder to elbow) is very short and flat (not vertical) and may mean that he may not have a lot of scope with his shoulder and freedom to reach forward well.
His hip angle is good, but it is rather narrow in porportion.
His back is long, which is normal for Appys. His neck is a tiny bit heavey on the underside.
He has great bone and really nice knees. He looks really sturdy to me and like an overall balanced horse for daily riding.
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Thanks for posting guys, I'm wondering looking at the pic from the rear is making him look a little more cow hocked than he actually is? I'll have to study him again on that one.

At the moment I think he is at a nice weight, and he actually got compliments on his overall condition at the clinic today, the battle will be keeping him at this weight now the grass has come in, I see partial dry lotting in his future.

He was my western trail partner, but is now my dressage horse, we are gradually reducing that underneck development, and getting some muscle up top, I really see a difference between the last pic, which was before I bought him and now.

He has a wonderful walk and really tracks up, his trot is so so, and I've only just started canter work with him so can't say much about that yet.
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