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post #1 of 16 Old 05-15-2011, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Critique my Eventer Prospect!

I would love to do eventing w/ this gelding, please critique his conformation w/ eventing in mind :)

Name: Hungarian Saint Kieran
Breed: Hungarian Half-Bred (Kisber Felver)
Age: 8 (9 on May 22nd)
Height: about 15.2hh
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-15-2011, 03:25 PM
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the first two pictures do his legs no justice!
He looks like a nice decent type though nice honest head. What level do you intend on going to?
Have you ridden him yet?

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post #3 of 16 Old 05-15-2011, 03:30 PM
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his front pasterns look really angled. I'd personally overlook him for eventing, you want a horse with good legs.
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post #4 of 16 Old 05-15-2011, 04:49 PM
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Yeah, that left front looks kind of wonky long.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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His pastern angles are different than his hoof angles. His pasterns look longish and weak, and the hooves upright and small for the horse's size. Hard to tell from the photos, but there appears to be a little thickening the the right fetlock, and and ol cold low bow in the left. Add to all that, the horse is very base narrow, and probably rope walks to boot.

He looks to be a very nice guy, and I assume he's useful at his current job, as he's in lovely condition.

His heart and mind may want to event, but those legs don't.

If he's really a fabulous horse to learn on; lease him for a season.
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:( I already own him actually and I bought him to be an eventer...... His hind end is still a tad week, and this was right after a work out so he was a bit lazy in his stance (i didn't really worry about standing him square) He is only 8 and came from a lady who took him and right away tried to show jump him up to 3ft, he definetly wasn't ready, and showed it by dropping rails. I took the first 3 months of ownership completely re-training him, just lunging him and teaching him to move naturally again (he was forging horribly and had no hind end muscles, just a powerful front) he still tends to travel on his forehand out of habit, so I am working on engaging his hind. I will post a picture of him jumping and more pictures

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post #8 of 16 Old 05-15-2011, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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His original stud ad (i believe he was 3 1/2 in this photo)
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His pasterns really worry me for long-term soundness. He's also quite posty-hocked, which isn't great for a powerful hind end.
He looks to be in great condition, though, and looks to be quite the willing partner.


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The photos over fences are lovely, and he appears to have a great attitude, so I certainly understand wanting to event him.

However, his conformation does lead to some serious concerns about long term soundness.
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