I'm trying to get better at recognizing flaws in conformation. I always read the threads on here and try to soak up as much info as possible, and I thought turning this to one of my own horses will help me check what I am learning, so I appreciate everyone's help!
I have no misconceptions about my silly "mutt" horses and they are not destined for anything greater than good ol' trail riding. But beyond show and breeding I understand conformation can play a large part in lasting soundness of the horse as well, and a good critique can give you an idea of potential problem areas to keep an eye on later.
So for my gelding, just turned 8 years old. Here are the things I know:
*Uber thick, crest necky with fat deposits and thick throatlatch
*He's overweight and needs conditioning overall
*big body, little head
*No decent withers to speak of
*A bit cow-hocked in back
*He seems to stand under himself a bit too much in front (at least in these pictures)
*In these pics his feet need done BAD (these pictures are from long before I got him. I think he might be a good bit younger in the pics as well, he's much broader across the chest now from a front view.)
We have so many knowledgeable people on this forum, I'd appreciate you cluing me in to what else you can see! Don't hold back, I'm requesting opinions and I want the bad stuff!
I know these aren't great pictures to judge conformation, so if I need to get some different ones please let me know!