Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Here's what I think:
Very sharp dropoff from hip-tail (the croup). Nice shoulder and attachment point of the neck. Clean front legs, nice and straight, but I'd want to see a picture of the horse square in the back as well - this might be over-exaggerating the steep croup as well...Will be very flashy in the show ring, but beware for the hunters - some judges don't like colored horses (as in paint coloring). Research bald faces as well, I think this can affect their vision... somehow?
Very hard to tell conformation from the pictures given, but for some reason I don't like how her back end attaches to her body in the last picture.. but I can't put my finger on it...pic #3 makes her hip look pointy and her back look long. I would ask to see some squared-up "naked" photos - no saddle. She has a nice little tuck in the jump, but I would ask why she's being ridden in a bitless (hackamore).
Again, I'd like to see a picture of the horse w/o a saddle. But from this pic, he has a cute tuck to his jump. As with pony #1, I'd just beware of the coloring. I know it sounds dumb, but some (hunter, eq, dressage, etc..) judges don't like it.. weird, hey? I personally like different-colored horses - if you're doing jumpers, you could be riding a purple pony and nobody would care.
Nice rhythm around the course, not rushy at all. I just find her a little heavy-set, especially in her neck. She has a nice steady trot, and nice scope through the freejump. Her neck (for some reason) looks abnormally long in the pictures - but it could just be the action shot that is doing that. Notice her tuck is very boxy - flat knees, but they aren't tucked together. Also, her front left pastern (near front) looks really long in these pictures. I would want to see a conformation picture to see if it's just the motion of the video is doing this, or if it is really a fault.
Wow, has this guy got some scope! He is nicely squared in front, but not tucked up and under. Has great conformation over the fence. However, I would wonder if he was rushing to the fence - look at the takeoff point.. .although you hardly have to worry about him not clearing the fence. Again, I would want to see some conformation photos to see what he really looks like. He looks great over the fence, but the saddle and the way he's positioned could be hiding a million things.
IMO, I would like to see #4 and #5 first, then I would consider the other ones. Also, you won't know if you like them till you try them!!
Hope this helps!
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