Originally Posted by Nutty Saddler
I like the look of No 5
The slope of the shoulder looks good ( some of the others are a bit upright ) , also the pasterns aren't too long - a long pastern will make for a comfy ride but will strain the legs.
I also like the chest size and the neck and gullet - an eventer needs to have a really good heart and lungs and a good chest size indicates this - they also need a good size windpipe to get oxygen into the lungs.
The angle of the dock also looks good - too flat will make for speed and too sloped will make for a good jumper - for eventing you need both.
Most of the others have some of the characteristics but also have some missing - IMO No 5 is the one that has a the best attributes all round
I see that some others have also said No 4 but I think the pastern bones are a bit long and would wonder how they stand up to jumping ( great for speed for sure , but the longer the distance between fetlock and hoof the greater the strain on the tendons & ligaments on landing )
Also No 5 looks to have more strength in the legs to start with
Hrm, that all makes sense, but your comment about the dock has me confused, how does the way the tail connects make a difference? Thanks for the info.
And everyone else, thanks for your thoughts and opinions, I really appreciate them! Also, @ the person with the TB. I am a trainer myself, so I could handle her, however, I was looking for a horse around 16.2.