Monty is a rescued hackney pony I've had for not quite 2 months. Was told he was 3 but based on teeth believe him to only be a 2 year old (still has ALL his baby teeth) He is very greenbroke to ride but I have elected to stay off of him until next spring after finding out he was still so young. He is still underweight an needs a bit of conditioning, though he is gaining all the time (to see what we started with see this thread: Monty's Road to Recovery)
No need to bite your tongue, I'm still learning how to pick out conformation faults and you all having a go at my horses helps me immensely since I see them day in and day out!
Also, any suggestions of a discipline for him when the time comes? I was thinking of bringing in a good hunter pony trainer, but I know hackneys are popular in youth saddleseat. Thoughts?
Ok...so you know how I feel about Monty. Love everything about him. Wish I was 100 pounds lighter so I could ride a hackney again! I looked up other hackney ponies for comparison and your boy looks great! He really has nice conformation for his breed. The upright shoulder was the only thing I would have been concerned about however...its a breed trait that appears on EVERY top notch hackney. I would guess that it helps with the action. Here is a standing stud...he is a AA rated hackney.
A little steep in the croup in the first photo (Though might flatten out with age), camped out as lilruffian mentioned (Latte is the same!) and a little upright in the pasterns. The straight shoulder was pointed out already.
Nothing major, and I do just love him. I'm guessing the straight shoulder and more upright pasterns would be related to the high knee action hackneys have - maybe even the croup as well.
I had noticed the steep shoulder and upright pasterns, like you guys said I kind of thought that was breed related. His withers seem a little more prominent than other hackneys I had seen, but I think that might change as he continues to gain weight and muscle (and age, if he is as I suspect only a 2 year old). I think his croup might flatten out a little more with some weight/conditioning as well, right now while he has been gaining weight great he does still have a bit of prominent hips/tailhead and needs some more weight and muscle on his back end. As mentioned I had only ridden him a handful of times because I was concerned about being too heavy for him, especially at his young age. I need to get his ground training to a point where I can put my son on him lol.
I sure appreciate everyone's opinions, and thanks for the compliments! He's certainly still a work in progress, and definitely a fiery little guy. He's lots of fun!
I love him! He's come so far from when you got him! He would be great as a pony hunter or doing saddleseat. It's great there are people like you to help a young horse find what he's meant to do. His conformation is good. I think that shoulder is characteristic of the breed like you all said. With some muscle he will look great! Keep up the updates!