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post #1 of 16 Old 03-22-2008, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my boy's movement and conformation.

So, I've had my boy for a little while now and I was wondering what other people think of him. I know his conformation isn't great, in fact, I can see a lot wrong with him and I don't know much.
Anyway he is 7 years old and I've had since a little before the winter. I already know that he is thin and has no muscling. We bought him in pretty bad shape and we are still working on getting him fat and toned so please don't comment on that and don't critique me, I look awful in the videos.

Pictures (Sorry they aren't very good, he wasn't exactly standing and he is standing on a hill.):

Videos(all of them are long so you don't have to watch all of it):

trotting (all pretty much the same, but I thought I'd post all of them):

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post #2 of 16 Old 03-22-2008, 08:06 PM
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I'm not quite in the mood to watch a video so I'll do my best on conformation.

High withers, he seems down hill, he needs more muscle, long neck, seems cow-hocked, chest seems to stick out too far, and it almost appears as if he has a ewe neck. I think he needs a little bit more weight, some muscle, and work and he would be lovely.

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post #3 of 16 Old 03-23-2008, 01:20 AM
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Having issues with I can only do confo critique as well!

Anyways, I think he is very cute and attentive! I love his coloring, especially on his muzzle. Is he a Thoroughbred?

I don't think he is downhill at all. The only photo where I can maybe see a hint of downhillness is #2 and if you look at the grass edge behind's the camera angle that is downhill! He seems to have a nice athletic build, and nice and tall...I'd love to see him jump!

As for the ewe neck thing...I think it's just that he's just lacking muscle in his neck as Supermane mentioned.

I'd love to see him standing square (also front and back views) to look at the straightness of his legs.

Man, I need to fix photobucket so I can see this guy in action! I like him a lot!!
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post #4 of 16 Old 03-23-2008, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, he was standing down a hill in the pictures I was having a hard time finding an even place. He isn't downhill (if he is only slightly).

And yep he slightly cow-hocked and he has terrible muscling, but he has already gained well over 100 pound since we have had him and the muscling has gotten better.

Oh, he is a 15.3 7/8 hh tb.
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post #5 of 16 Old 03-23-2008, 09:19 AM
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don't have time to watch videos...once I'm not busy I'll watch them and then say what I for the conformation...

really long back
pigeon chested
there's something about his neck that I don't like, but can't place it

He's a pretty boy...I love his coloring and his face! And his nose! I love how his body is all dark, but his nose is a light chestnut-ish color!
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post #6 of 16 Old 03-23-2008, 01:49 PM
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Being a TB would account for the withers, most TB's have more pronounced withers. I'm not a very good judge on conformation, but he has nice movement. He needs to be a little more engaged, but he looks good. Just push him forward a little more at the trot. His canter's good.

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post #7 of 16 Old 03-24-2008, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Here is one of his sale pictures, the only jumping picture that I have of him.

He was in a lot better shape when they took this.
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post #8 of 16 Old 03-24-2008, 02:59 AM
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Condition obviously plays a big part. With some more muscle etc on him he would look super. He's a lovely horse!
Very much a TB. Long through the back and neck. Looks like he has nice shoulder. Typical TB conformation.

Lovely jumping pic. He has good style.
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post #9 of 16 Old 03-25-2008, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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I was actually more interested in getting his movement critiqued, I already knew he had pretty funky conformation.

But thanks for the comments everyone :)
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post #10 of 16 Old 03-25-2008, 09:03 PM
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I love watching this guy move! I think I'm in love. What a nice looking boy! I'd love to come out and ride
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