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post #1 of 15 Old 02-19-2010, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Rafe's confo.

I know it is mostly hard to do one so young but I just want to see what everyone thinks. There are certain faults that I know about but feel free to blast him . Keep in mind that he is only 7 months old.







This is the best pic I could get of his right side. He kept moving around when I would back up.


His movement. Kind of a walk/jog/trot, he was in the middle of a transition.


And just cause I think his neck is sexy.....

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post #2 of 15 Old 02-19-2010, 08:32 PM
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No critique...but if you're taking orders, I'll have one just like him :)
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post #3 of 15 Old 02-19-2010, 08:54 PM
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He looks a bit butt high..but that's to be expected cause he's a baby. He also looks a bit toed out in the front? Could be the way he's standing. Not sure if it's his neck or shoulder..but the shoulder area looks a bit different. And wow..necks! He has got an amazingly thick neck!

All in all, I just love him. He's so darn cute!! I'm so excited to see what he looks like in a year or so!

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post #4 of 15 Old 02-19-2010, 09:10 PM
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I dont believe how big he is!! How tall is he now?

No critique from me, he's just too adorable!
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post #5 of 15 Old 02-19-2010, 09:26 PM
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Super upside down neck, toes out in front, over at the knee just a smidge, and really heavy up front. It's probably going to be hard for him to use his hindquarters properly.

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post #6 of 15 Old 02-20-2010, 12:20 PM
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His biggest problem will likely be the post-leggedness.

He's not over at the knee. You might nitpick and say he's a bit too straight through the knee, but he's definitely not over at the knee.

People should not critique their youngsters. Too many important things change through growth that it's just wasted energy worrying about this or that.

For instance, as he widens through the chest...which surely he will do, his forearms will rotate around, rotating the knee and the lower leg such that he likely won't toe out. It's also possible...and currently looks like...his elbows are tight, which will also cause toeing out. If the elbows stay tight, they can be loosened through stretching and exercises.

I would like to see him trimmed a bit differently. Currently he stands 'on' the ground, instead of 'in' the ground, and it's making him quite upright and straight through the legs.
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post #7 of 15 Old 02-20-2010, 01:20 PM
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Omigosh!! Your little boy is a beast! How tall is he now? I like his manly neck too by the way. ;)

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post #8 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Haha, thanks you guys. I know he isn't perfect but I still love him. Grayshell, he is officially 14 hands now (though his butt is 14.2). This is the first time he has gone through a gangly, uneven stage.

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post #9 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 05:28 AM
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Gosh, he's almost as tall as Deja! Mana is only about 11.3 right now, and is in a funny looking stage of his own. His head looks way too big for his body. LOL. It's good to see Rafe has grown into his ears. I remember his baby pics and they were giant! He is going to be some handsome riding buddy!

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post #10 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 07:00 AM
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He is a perfect baby. Bum high and toed out, off balance, all is to be expected and i say he is right on schedule with his baby uglies. He is such a handsome little feller, his neck reminds me of Tomahawks....

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