So, we moved to a new barn last weekend, and they have this weird platform thingy in the arena; and Jag (my gelding) decided to walk up on it and stand nice a quite. So, I snapped some pictures. Not great conformation photos; but meh, at least I know he's on level ground!
So, I was wonder what you guys thought of him; he's nothing special, but I love him. He was originally trained WP and excelled nicely, very level as long as you kept his hindend moving, but I would like to work with him in dressage. I know he's never going to be a beautiful dressage horse that has huge floaty strides and is just jaw-dropping to watch, but I think he enjoys it. He's very inquisitive and likes to think out puzzles, so the detail-ness (I don't think that's a word!) of dressage is really nice for him, even if he doesn't want to move forward all the time!
But anyways, he's a 7yo paint/qh (registered breeding stock paint) and is 15.1hh. What I see when I look at him is he has fairly straight shoulders; not the worst I've ever seen, but they're still not ideal. He looks like he has a long back, but when I look at it proportionally to his neck, it looks like he more or less has short legs and a short croup that gives the illusion of a long back. He's slightly post-legged (though you can't tell too well with this photo) but has nice big hooves and angled pasturns. He has a bit of a knife-neck, but I'd rather that than ewe'd, and a generally plain head, not course but not refined either. Small eyes maybe. Short cannons and straight clean legs and a big ole' hay tummy! Hopefully now that it's warming up, we can work that away again!
So overall, I think he's pretty average, he has his faults, but also has his strengths that balance out pretty equally. I love him, even with his conformational 'defects' 'cause he's my boy!
P.S. I through in the last funny picture of him just 'cause it makes me smile!