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    10-17-2010, 07:22 PM
Critique my gelding! :)

Feel free to be as harsh as you want, I'd just like some confo critique! :)
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    10-17-2010, 10:29 PM
How old is he? Full arab? Very cute. :)

Good front legs, I really dig his knees. He seems to have a goodly amount of bone. Looks cow-hocked, short back, shoulder on the upright side. Could use some more muscle development along his topline.
    10-17-2010, 11:12 PM
He's 8. And he's Morgan/Arab. :)
And thank you, are there any serious problems that can occur because of any of what you listed?
    10-18-2010, 03:18 AM
Very cute horse. His neck is really long compared to his back. Does he tend to run on the forehand? You will want to work on getting him to step under with his hind to couterbalance the weight of the neck. Maybe he already does on his own, no?
The only issue that comes to mind is getting a good saddle fit. His neck ties into his whithers pretty far back (this is a GOOD thing conformation-wise), but with his very short back, this leaves very little room for a saddle to fit. Also, since his shoulder is rather upright, and you will want to position the saddle so that the tree is about a inch or a tad more behind the back edge of the shoulderblade, it could mean that it is up ontop of his whithers. I might suggest you look into a cutback saddle. Know what I am talking about.?
He is really a dandy looking horse and I bet he is a ton of fun!
    10-18-2010, 03:35 PM
Hm. This makes sense, but he actually does the complete opposite. He's very upright in his movement and he pushes a huge deal with his hind end. And that's a really good point about the saddle. Right now I'm riding him in a 16" All-purpose Wintec and the saddle flap tends to run up on his shoulder. What's a cutback??
And thanks, he's a BLAST to ride. :)
    10-18-2010, 04:31 PM
Originally Posted by gabrielstriumph    
He's 8. And he's Morgan/Arab. :)
And thank you, are there any serious problems that can occur because of any of what you listed?
Nothing serious. An upright shoulder can tend to interfere with stride length and make for a choppier gait. Cow hocks are really just cosmetic and as long as they're not substantial, you shouldn't encounter an issue.

As far as his topline, this can be remedied. Just make sure he is using himself correctly. There are lots of good articles around which give a more in-depth exploration into the mechanics of a horse's body than I get accurately explain at this time. People also use hill work, longeing with side reins, and lots of correct transitions to help develop the muscles up there.

And just curious, do you have any pics of how his current saddle and pad fit him?
    10-18-2010, 04:56 PM
Thanks. He's had a vacation for 2 months now due to him injuring his back playing in the pasture, but he goes back to work on Oct 25, so I will start fitting in stuff like hill work, and transitions. Thanks, that helps a lot.

And no, I don't right now. I can take some tomorrow. But what should I take pics of? Just a side view?
    10-18-2010, 07:12 PM
Ah, I didn't know he's been on vacation!

Judging from those photos, it looks like he is lacking a bit of muscle from behind his shoulders. I was just curious if this effected saddle fit at all. When you begin riding you will want to be mindful that these dips could make properly fitting a saddle a little bit of a pain until he starts filling up. You might need to use shims. :)
    10-18-2010, 07:27 PM
Green Broke
I KNEW there was morgan in there, he is a cutie
    10-18-2010, 10:51 PM
Cheshire - yes. It's been a grand old time for him. I had been working him lots too, so I'm kind of glad he's been getting a big ol' break. He really loves to work though, so next week when I have the chiropractor come out and do a final adjustment on him, he should be rarin to go. :) I will definitely check the saddle fit though.

Hunter65 - Yes. :) you are correct! Haha I think it's the PERFECT combo. He's got endurance to go all day, spit and fire, but he's also stocky, easy to keep weight on, absoluteley brilliant, always willing to work, and very level headed. I love morabs.

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