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post #1 of 10 Old 03-19-2009, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my TB's conformation

Anything you have to say would be much appreciated -- I know the basic premises of his conformation, angles, balance, etc., but I'm very interested to see what others' input. Thank you thank you thank you!



I realize that this isn't the best picture as his foot is cocked, but I thought I'd post anyway. Scout is a 13-year-old, 16.2hh unraced Thoroughbred gelding. We event and do jumpers and dressage on the side. Thanks again!

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-19-2009, 08:03 PM
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Is that him in your profile pic too? I just love TBs, so I might be a bit prejudgise (sp?). I have an Appy that is really just a TB with spots. I like his hip a lot. Beautiful angle on his pasterns (my boy is a bit too straight so I look for this). His ears are back but I think he's got a pretty nice head too. I think you have a beautiful, well balanced TB, I love his color and I love that he has good weight on him. I know little about confirmation but I thought I'd throw in my two cents.
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Cabadoon --
Thank you so, so, so much! And yes, that's him in my profile pic. I feel very lucky to have him in my life! And ha ha, he does look pretty sour in this picture, doesn't he? He's normally very good-tempered and sweet. And I'm extremely prejudiced toward Thoroughbreds, too -- hence the username. I believe and always will believe that they are the best breed, so it saddens me that warmbloods are becoming more and more popular in every English discipline. I just like the old school Thoroughbreds ... I like appys, though, too, I've met some really exceptional Appaloosa equine atheletes and they just have so much personality!

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Pedigree ???
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Pedigree ???
Here you go!
Two Pop Thoroughbred
He's got a lot of Man O'War blood, and, fortunately, very little Nearco. If you ask me, most modern American Thoroughbreds have way too much Nearco blood. He's also bred out the wazoo with a ton of blue hen mares. All his blood is unusually old -- he's kind of like a living dinosaur.
Sorry, I've rambled enough about my weird Thoroughbred bloodline obsession!

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Sure does have that Nasrullah look.

That line is a long lived line doing well in eventing.
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Sure does have that Nasrullah look.

That line is a long lived line doing well in eventing.
Yeah, he really does! If you ask me he also looks a lot like T.V. Lark on his sire's side:


T.V. Lark was a turf horse and Scout has kind of a turfy look to him. So basically a cross between Nasrullah and T.V. Lark. Maybe. Sort of. Funny, though, I never really noticed how much he looks like Nasrullah ... thanks a ton, Spyder!

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Teehee grumpy pony!!

He has the cutest face!! Shortish neck (might be the angle of the shot) and a straighter than ideal shoulder (which obviously doesn't affect his jumping ability!) but it's decent. Nice back, nice big bum, nice clean legs. Long pasterns, but decent angles to them.


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Teehee grumpy pony!!

He has the cutest face!! Shortish neck (might be the angle of the shot) and a straighter than ideal shoulder (which obviously doesn't affect his jumping ability!) but it's decent. Nice back, nice big bum, nice clean legs. Long pasterns, but decent angles to them.
Oh, gosh, I completely agree with you on the pasterns! They're a little bit on the yuck side but could be worse, I guess. At least his cannons aren't overly long, or calf kneed ...

And I also agree on his shoulder being a tad bit straight, but it isn't as straight in a perfect profile shot as it looks from this angle. He actually has really nice, swingy gaits -- nothing extravagant, but we normally get 7s for gaits under collective marks. So not quite 45 degrees, but not terrible either.

Same with his neck, isn't as short in reality, it's more on the average-to-slightly-longer side. In retrospect this really isn't as great a picture as I thought it was ...

But I pretty much agree with you on all counts. Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment! I'm really grateful.

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You're more than welcome! He's a cutie!! Obviously his (very slight) conformation flaws don't affect his performance ;)


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