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post #1 of 10 Old 05-04-2011, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Please Critique my TB if you have some extra time :)

Hi there, I have been reading alot of the conformation threads lately to see what people think are good/bad physical attributes on their horses. So I thought why not? I am curious what those who probably know more than me think about Genesis, and what suggestions for improvements they might have!! My main concern with him is his back end loses muscle and thickness quicker than the rest of his body through the winter, is this normal? He has recently turned 4, some of the pictures are around 3 1/2 ish. And in some he still has a THICK winter coat!! Thanks for having a look guys!!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-05-2011, 12:16 AM
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You are right about your concerns, my first thought was he looked pretty weak behind. If you can encourage your horse to drive from the back and take the weight off the front end when riding it will help.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-05-2011, 10:55 PM
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you need to ride this horse more... he needs a lot more muscle in his neck and back end. try working up him hill
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-05-2011, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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I ride five days a week, an hour and a half at the very least. We do some low poles, alot of loping,trotting etc....he is still quite young spooky so taking him out alone is always a risk, is there anything I can do in the arena that will help?
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-05-2011, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a picture after today's ride, so the most recent I have.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-06-2011, 09:01 AM
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try working on transitions. get him to walk then trot then back to the walk and then trot to canter then back to the trot. it will help him push off his hind quarters more and it will also help him balance since he is still just a baby.

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post #7 of 10 Old 05-06-2011, 02:51 PM
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Do you have hills? Trotting up hill letting him stretch his top line and use his abdominal muscles to drive up the hill (as well as his hind quarters). training for transisitions that are SMOOTH both up and down between gaits and in a gait (trot is good for this.. extend and collect and extend). Cavaletti would help too. Circles.

He is a bit back at the knee and ewe necked. Does he travel with his head up? do you use a tie down? he looks a bit like his neck is "upsdie down' which may be conformation or it may be riding with his head up.

BTW the above exercises and staying off his mouth will do more to lower his head than a tie down if that is a problem.

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post #8 of 10 Old 05-06-2011, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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What is ewe necked? It is pretty flat around here, I will try and scope out any hills within a reasonable distance. He doesn't ride with his head high, so no I have never felt a need to use a tie down. I will have a closer look today, maybe have someone film me riding to be able to see how he looks.
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-06-2011, 08:47 PM
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Troting over ground poles are a good way to get him to pick those feet up and move off those hindquaters. Get those hindquaters working. Dont canter over the poles. Also canter in small circles. Trot figure eights, even do a little bit of cantering in the figure eights but canter mostly in the circles. He doesn't look that bad actually. But he does look a little hippy. But that could just be that he needs to work that back end. Nice looking horse. Let me know how everything goes and if you have any questions. Good luck:)

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Troting over ground poles are a good way to get him to pick those feet up and move off those hindquaters. Get those hindquaters working. Dont canter over the poles. Also canter in small circles. Trot figure eights, even do a little bit of cantering in the figure eights but canter mostly in the circles. He doesn't look that bad actually. But he does look a little hippy. But that could just be that he needs to work that back end. Nice looking horse. Let me know how everything goes and if you have any questions. Good luck:)


Thank you :) I laid out a pattern of poles in the arena and worked him on those for a good while. I know he got a work out!! thanks guys
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