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        05-11-2011, 05:50 AM
    Critique my gelding :)

    This is Fred, my 4 yr old New Forest Gelding.
    I have an older post on here where I was worried about his condition, but I was curious to find out what you guys think of him now.

    Sorry about the glare from the sun.
    These were taken yesterday, after some light schooling.
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        05-12-2011, 07:46 PM
    Hes soo cute! I was wondering what events do you do with him? Now back to his confermation... He is lovely, he has a nice neck, is in very good condition, but he is a little long backed. He is a fabulous, and I am bet he will make (in time, he is only four,) great hunter horse. By the way he looks esspecially good for his age! Only 4! :)
        05-12-2011, 07:58 PM
    Your horse is SUPER cute! As for his conformation it is pretty good, I would agree that he is a little long in the back especially in comparison to his lenght of neck and leg. His neck is set into his shoulders very nicely. As for his legs, his front legs look pretty nice, he has good shoulder angle. I would say he looks like he is probably a little down hill. Looking at his hind legs, he is very upright in the stifle and pastern, making him a little post legged, however he has good hock angle. It also looks like he may toe out a little in the hind end, but that's just fine :)
        05-13-2011, 07:50 AM
    Originally Posted by VictoriasHeart    
    I was wondering what events do you do with him?
    He is currently not doing any events more due to the fact that I'm not really competent enough as yet, however we've started some jumping

    Originally Posted by VictoriasHeart    
    is in very good condition,
    Thank you! I have been so worried about his condition as I thought he was a little thin despite worming and feeding. I guess this could be a growing stage?

    Originally Posted by VictoriasHeart    
    but he is a little long backed.
    I agree, and you can feel this when you ride him but he has the most beautiful long strides, he thinks he is a thoroughbred haha :)

    Originally Posted by VictoriasHeart    
    He is fabulous, and I bet he will make (in time, he is only four,) great hunter horse
    Thank you again! I would really love to hunt with him, he has such a lovely brave temperament!

    Originally Posted by VictoriasHeart    
    By the way he looks esspecially good for his age! Only 4! :)
    This made me smile like mad, it means so much to me, I rescued him from his previous owner who kept him with mares who ripped out all his mane and wouldn't let him near his food, not to mention the fact that he hadn't had human contact in about a year!
        05-13-2011, 08:05 AM
    Originally Posted by DressageQueen03    
    Your horse is SUPER cute!
    Thank you! He's my special little boy :) Its so nice to see others share my opinion.

    Originally Posted by DressageQueen03    
    I would say he looks like he is probably a little down hill.
    I agree, however he hasn't always been like this which suggests to me a growth spurt, as when I got him he was approximately 13.2 (just turned 4 yrs) and is now 14hh (rising 5 yrs) and wont stop growing.

    Originally Posted by DressageQueen03    
    It also looks like he may toe out a little in the hind end, but that's just fine :)
    Ah yes, my farrier has mentioned this, he said that this is not much of a problem because it will most probably prevent him from over reaching and cutting himself so easily. Is this true?

    Thanks for your comments, it's really made me smile :)

    Also here is an older picture, from the winter.
    Better or worse now?
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        05-14-2011, 05:45 PM
    He definitely looks even in the shoulder and hind end in the picture you just posted! And yes, what your farrier said about the toeing out helping to prevent clipping is true. When looking for upper level dressage horses we often look for horses with a sligth toe out so we don't have to worry about them clipping and pulling off their front shoes! Overall really great looking horse!
        05-14-2011, 08:30 PM
    Thats great to hear you have started some jumping with him, but I really think he would look great at a lot of different things! I think it is good that he can progress slowly over time since he is still young, good luck with him!
        05-14-2011, 08:51 PM
    DI think Dressagequeens critique is avbout what I would say. He is a nice looking horse. Very sturdily built . The winter shot seems to have more muscle on him, tho. But he is not full grown yet. Take your time.
        05-15-2011, 05:02 PM
    Thank you DressageQueen03, he is such a good boy and has just started working in an outline for me :)
    Yes, I do agree he is very young, and I do not ask too much of him, these are tiny jumps but he has been free jumping for a couple of years now much previous to me owning him. I don't agree with making a young horse do lots of work but I have done all preparation I can in order to make sure I am not causing damage in the work I have done with him - he is also turning 5 in the next couple of months.
    I am progressing him slowly and as a rider who hasn't done much myself - although I am competent - I do quiet, slow work with him which does not demand too much and yet allows him to burn off energy and enjoy himself.
    Trust me, I know him well enough to know he enjoys his work, if he didn't it would be very clear to me.
    I'd have to disagree with you on the statement that he has more muscle in the winter, Tinyliny, as he was all flab and jelly like in this time, he was not under regular work and he was in fact rather difficult to handle. He has now got a lot more muscle than previously, and has the most beautiful flowing paces you have ever seen.
    I am really interested in progressing with him into areas such as dressage as his transitions are wonderful - all vocal - and I feel we have bonded well.
    I am indeed taking my time and I hope you are not viewing me as a horse owner who is pushing their young animal too far - because I can ensure you I am not :)
    Many thanks for taking your time to critique.

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