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        08-23-2008, 06:45 AM
    Critique my Man!

    Hey there, I'm new here, and thought hell, I might as well try this critique business out!
    I haven't gone out and taken any photos purposely for this, sorry I'll try and use the best pics I can.

    My gelding Evo is 10yrs old, a NZ Standardbred, and was in the racing industry for the first 7yrs of his life. I bought him last year, and have been retraining him under saddle. He is a complete gem and this was my first go (with advice and help along the way) backing and starting a horse! So needless to say, I'm really proud of how things are turning out.

    Anywho, I know he's quite long, but he's long everywhere so it balances up. It's winter here and we're having a rough go with it... my gelding's teeth don't meet at the front so short grass is hard for him... he's fed daily, but he's the type to not hold his weight over winter (last winter he was exactly the same despite being on better quality grazing). I realise with a properly developed topline and muscles, he's going to look so much better!

    Last year pic:

    This year:

    The ground is uneven in this picture, I just realised!

    And just some of his movement:

    - This was taken the day I got him home!

    Under saddle:

    Please no harsh comments, it's my first time doing anything like this, and I'm not after critique of myself. I know where my faults are and try hard to fix them! I just showed the ridden pics to show what he's like under saddle.
    Chelle x
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        08-23-2008, 07:00 AM
    Green Broke
    He looks like he's got less weight on him in this year's picture. Other than his weight, he seems to stand under a bit in the front, but he's a nice looking horse. I'd have guessed he was a lot older than 10. He's got nice face markings.
        08-23-2008, 07:11 AM
    He sure looks like a lovely horse :)

    The pics arent the greatest for critiquing but the main things im noticing is that he has a short neck and he a little camped under in the front. My wb gelding is a little the same too. Doesnt really mean much though ;)

    It does look like he has lost a little condition especially on his rump and topline. Maybe a small boost in roughage and some hill work and trot work would be helpful for that :)

    Other than he looks just lovely :)
        08-23-2008, 12:05 PM
    Okay not going to critique, just don't feel up to it right

    But I had to say you guys look GREAT together! Love the pictures of you riding him! The last one is stunning! And OH MY GOSH, look at all the bone to him. Impressive!
        08-23-2008, 02:17 PM
    He's very cute. I love the ones of him running. So cute. I agree, it does seem like he's lost some of his conditioning. His back looks pretty long as well. He could stand to gain some weight as well.

    But very pretty boy!!
        08-23-2008, 02:24 PM
    Green Broke
    He looks tall! How tall is he?
        08-23-2008, 08:02 PM
    Thanks everyone,
    I'll be adding proper photos once Spring hits... right now as you can see my paddocks are a swamp!
    Yes he had lost weight... I'm well aware of how light in condition he is, but like I mentioned, his teeth don't meet at the front... he used to windsuck and therefore his teeth arent the greatest... this means the poor boy can't get to the low grass. He's fed twice daily, hard fed (with purpose fattening feeds) and hay... but he just can't seem to hold it over winter... his last owner experienced the same.
    I should have mentioned the first picture was early spring 07, haha.
    Jazzyrider - short in the neck? He's actually quite long in the neck, his comments at his first show went something along the lines of he's long in the neck and back... and then the girl leading him for me went 'yes but he's long in the leg and head too' lol!
    FehrGroundRanch thank you! I'm very proud of my boy, espeically in that last picture! He's come such a long way... and just will try his heart out for me... he is a typical Mummy's boy, haha! I bought him for the purpose of having a solid horse that would have no problems hauling my big butt around, and he's just so cool!
    Jubliee, your right he has lost conditioning... I should mention that he and I've had a bad run this year... I've been on crutches for a few months and he's been out of work due to being attacked by another horse that left him unsound, and through the winter as my paddocks have gone swampy!
    Ginger - he's estimated to be around 16.1hh, but I reckon he's closer to 16.2hh... he's massive, compared to the little un's that I'm used to (my last riding mare was 15.1hh, and my stocky pony is 14.2hh. I also just bought a young stocky mare who's about 15hh at the moment)... he just towers over my mares! But they don't mind too much, he's a good shelter break hahah!

    Thank you everyone for the nice comments!
        08-23-2008, 08:03 PM
    Green Broke
    He looks more lean this year
        08-23-2008, 09:32 PM
    He does look like he has less weight this year, but he is very cute! Nice neck, & he looks well built.
        08-24-2008, 04:11 AM
    Thanks guys, I pointed out that he's gone from a property with good quality grass, to one that's not nearly as good, hence being leaner this year. :)

    Thanks heaps Poptart, I think he's put together well too! Can't wait to get him out a bit more!

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