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post #1 of 10 Old 02-04-2011, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Critique(s) please...New babyboy + Former babyboy

First time posting :). I love reading everyones' critiques, so I thought I'd submit some of my own. I honestly respect everyones' advice/opinions on here, and I know I have a severe case of barn blindness when it comes to my horses, so I'm turning them over to better eyes than mine, lol.

The first boy is Nino (aka Sin Miedo). He is my auction find/rescue/impulse buy...I saw him standing in that nasty barn with this "And who exactly do you think YOU are??" look on his face, and had to take him home. These pics were taken about a month (and several pounds) after I got him...I decided to play dress up, lol. For some background, he's 5 y/o, TB, gelded VERY late from what I can gather from people who knew his previous owners, and was advertised as "green broke" (which although I've saddled and fussed over him to within an inch of his life, I haven't been nervy enough to jump on besides leaning across him!).

These aren't great confo shots, as he was being slightly naughty that day, but the general idea is there....crappy feet, weak hip, a little back at the knee, etc.
I love his confo from about his nose to his chest, then he sorta looks like someone spliced 2 horses together, lol.
So, what do you guys think? :)



The last 3 pictures are of my former OTTB, Beau. He retired sound at 5 because he was too slow/eccentric to race...In fact, out of 51 starts, the only 3 he won were in the slop, lol. Anyway. I hunted/evented baby novice with him for 2 years until my friend sadly lost her eventer to uveitis, and needed a horse. I was in school and didn't have the time/funds to compete, so Beau got a new home. This is the two of them last summer; I'd just like to know what everyone thinks of Beau moreso than the rider since it definitely isn't me (although I think she's pretty dang awesome ;) ).
Thanks everyone!
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-04-2011, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Pretty please? ;)
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-04-2011, 10:56 PM
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Dont be so hard on him. He has good back legs; good hock angle and low hock (short rear canon bone and better able to step under himself)
His back is long which is weak, but makes for a comfy ride for the human.

He'll really look nice once he gets into being ridden correctly.
The eventer IS awesom. and the rider too. I can't think of one critical thing to say.
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-05-2011, 06:56 PM
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Tinyliny covered most of the first horse.

Literally the only thing I see wrong with the second horse is that he likes to hang his right leg. Fairly easy to fix though. Wonderful jumper otherwise.

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-06-2011, 02:36 PM
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LOVE that last pic!!
That aside lol... i agree with tinyliny on the first horse. Hard to tell in the pics because he's looking at the camera but his neck may be a tad long and thick. This might be corrected with more muscling to the rest of his body. I wont say for sure because of the saddle, but he may be a tad high in the withers as well... back is kind of long & flat but i like his legs. He doesnt appear too back at the knee in these pics.

As for the 2nd horse, i cant say much on his confo as he's jumping in all of them but he looks like a really nice horse ;)

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post #6 of 10 Old 02-06-2011, 03:07 PM
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Literally the only thing I see wrong with the second horse is that he likes to hang his right leg.
Ah, yes.. but look at the rider :)
All in all, you look like a very very nice rider. Centered over the saddle, not too ahead. I will leave the rest of the critique to the more experienced Eventers. I just wanted to comment on the hanging leg - you're dropping your own shoulder, which can influence your horse's shoulder, too. My thought would be to square up your shoulders and see if that doesn't help the horse's leg too.


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Thanks for the input, everyone :).
Nino does have a very long, thick neck, which I blame somewhat on being gelded late...the long back is definitely there, too. I need to take a good confo shot of him, because I see his hip differently every time I look, it seems.
His feet are much better than they were when I got him; he had crappy heels that had literally folded under and there was all manner of infections and grossness in the clefts of his frog when we had his feet done .
I told my friend the other day that looking at how chubby he is now, I don't understand how his previous owner managed to get him into the scrawny shape he was in...he gets 1/4lb of grain a day and hay/pasture and he's absolutely portly, lol.

The rider in the last pictures is not me, but I wish it were...I'd kill for my leg to be that nice, lol. My form is pretty terrible, mostly b/c there's really no one to critique/coach me in the hunt field. I suppose it's functional, if not the prettiest thing in the world ;).
Thanks again for the critiques, everyone!
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On second thought, I answered my own question...A $10 dollar tube of ivermectin does wonders for getting rid of that pot belly/pointy parts/scraggly look ;).
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I like your former horse more than your current one. The former horse looks like he is very careful over solid fences but hangs a bit in the stadium phase (not uncommon BTW).

Your new horse is OK. He has a bit of a steep shoulder and adequate bone.. hocks are low and he has a decent rear end. Give him time and see how he goes for you. I like plain bay horses.

Fact is, because everyone likes chrome I have found some very very good horses out there without any at all. I always say that you cannot ride the color! :)

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I like plain bay horses.

Fact is, because everyone likes chrome I have found some very very good horses out there without any at all. I always say that you cannot ride the color! :)
Me too! I'm a bit of a sucker for big, gangly bays, lol. It's interesting because I probably would never have gotten Beau (the eventer) had he not come out without a speck of white...His sire was Puchi's Rambo, by Puchilingui, who are uber-sabino TBs. He was essentially a cull because of his color; the farm that bred him decided to race him instead.

This is Beau's sire Puchi's Rambo (first pic), and grandsire (second). They're flashy, but I think I'll stick with the bay boys :)
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