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    09-27-2010, 01:15 AM
Critique My Horse

You know what? I've owned horses for a while. Ridden and trained.. even broke MULTIPLE horses. And I have no idea about confirmation. I know the basics, obviously. But as far as the details, I need to get to researching! I know it's hard to tell being that he's very underweight, but let me know what yall think :). What he's clearly lacking and what he's got going for him. I'd love to know what i'm getting myself into with this baby.

Ps - Look at his blaze & just figure out what it looks like .. LOL
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    09-27-2010, 01:28 AM
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First, he is very obviously way too thin, so was wondering what that is all about. Is a rescue?
The conformation basically looks ok, but it's hard to judge because I am not used to seeing horses that thin.
    09-27-2010, 01:31 AM
Ok, I read your post better. I know what you mean with the blaze. Do you see what I see? Every guy I know has one.
On his back it looks like he might be a tiny bit roached (the backbone arched upward a little, right in front of the pelvis. Again, so hard to know when he is underweight and under muscled. I bet he'll be a total winner!
    09-27-2010, 01:33 AM
Green Broke
What is his age?
    09-27-2010, 01:37 AM
Sorry about the lack of details.. He's 2 years old, TB .. He's 15.1hh right now, and he's a rescue .. yes . I'm hoping his topline improves a little bit when he fills out, is that possible? I've never had a horse, or dealt with one as skinny as him.. so I don't know what the changes in confirmation do. If anything, i'd think he'd improve by not only age, but weight. You know?

& LOL that's exactly what I saw in his blaze..
    09-27-2010, 01:44 AM
Green Broke
I wouldn't even hazard giving him a critique until he fills out. There isn't much good to say at this point. He's got weight to gain and muscle to build - then you'll get a better idea of where he sits conformationally.
    09-27-2010, 01:47 AM
True .. I was just curious. In terms of shape mostly. The way he stands, his legs.. etc. I know he needs to fill out. I've been dying to get him home to start working on him.
    09-27-2010, 02:18 AM
ConfOrmation is the underlying skeletal structure of the horse - muscle tone simply defines - nothing more. He will not magically become better conformed from putting weight on (though obviously he will LOOK better).

That being said, he's not a bad looking guy. Nothing GREAT and has some faults that can raise a bit of alarm, but over all is a pretty "balanced" horse.

I'll start with the not-so-goods. First thing I saw was his shoulder/pastern angle. Upright shoulders (short strided) coupled with long pasterns are always a not so great combination. You're really going to NEED to support him when you start to work him because of the long angle of his pasterns will cause lots of strain on his suspensitory ligaments - sport boots will be your best friend.

Then my eye was drawn towards his neck. Muscling WILL help - but he seems to structurally have a slight ewe neck. It's not the worst I've ever seen, but he will more than likely be prone to bracing upwards with his neck when you start working him. Really pressure yourself to work him long and low and use his top line to develop correct muscling.

Other than that, I don't see any other great conformational defects unless I nit-pick.

He's got quiet a few good things going for him, a nice prominent wither with a relatively short back that is nearly exactly half the length of his underline. I would love to see him in shape and not so wormy, because even as he is he has a nice heart-girth. Long forearm and short cannons will give him a "flat-kneed" movement that shoulder give him a 'swinging' motion as he moves. He has a good loin coupling, though VERY weak - which is to be expected given his conditioning. A decent croup and good, tight, clean legs.

He's cute - good luck with him. :)
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    09-27-2010, 02:22 AM
Weight and muscling will play a huge factor into his confirmation. I've seen horses that I thought were just as ugly as sin turn into some of the most gorgeous horses after gaining 200lbs and muscling up. Even his ewe neck could go away with proper collection. But overall he looks really good as far as confirmation goes. You can only improve though Good luck with him!!
    09-27-2010, 02:48 AM
Jag already pointed out everything that I was going to say; straight shoulder, long and angled pasterns, ewe neck, and maybe a slight roach back (though that may disappear when he's in better condition).

If you want to do some reading about conformation, here is a thread that has pictures and descriptions of faults and ideals
Basics of horse conformation.

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