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post #1 of 9 Old 04-10-2012, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Potential? Please help.

I'm looking at this horse as a competitive hunter jumper with a bit of recreational dressage on the side. How do you guys feel about his conformation for this. I'm still kinda new to selecting "form to function."

Ezekial: 16.2hh, 2009, unraced chestnut gelding by Stevie Wonderboy out of Afternoon Trick by Summer Squall. Half brother to champion Trickmeister. Built uphill, excellent hind end and catlike on his feet. Kind. Built to perform.

I know Roman noses are considered a conformational flaw but I think they're adorable, so other than that... And sorry there are not front/back shots. I only have what is provided.

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-10-2012, 10:44 PM
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He has a nice start and even movement but will need a lot of training and buildup. His withers are a little high and his shoulders are a little bit forward but in all he looks good. I would have someone else go look at him with you definitely have a few rides to see how he responds and if you can work easily with him. He has a nice Haunch which will be good for developing the top line and sitting on before a jump or in dressage. He does appear to look a little cow hocked but that does not necessarily mean his is not sound. Take a trainer with you to view him if you can they will be able to tell you how far he can take you much better then someone online only working off of pictures.

In person assessments are always better. A vet or a trainer would be ideal for viewing a horse. You may also want to ask for pedigree before you get to invested. Check the history of horses on his papers. Find out what they excelled in. I was once told to train a horse for Jumping but the horse was better on the ground. Turned out all of its pedigree was in ranch horse and barrels. Made an amazing dressage horse though. Also try to get the horses medical history and a trial is always suggested.

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post #3 of 9 Old 04-10-2012, 11:19 PM
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Did anyone else notice his feet? In the picture, it looks like the left hind has a lot of hoof loss at the bottom, or is that mud or what?

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post #4 of 9 Old 04-10-2012, 11:22 PM
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I see what you are talking about Sky, but to me it kinda looks like a darker chunk of mud.
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post #5 of 9 Old 04-10-2012, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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He's picked up a lot of sand because of the dressing. But the measurements of his front feet are off. Buuut he's only been with them for about a month. So work in Progress.
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I like how he works, has the forward and is pushing, also nice and consistent with his headset, I don't do a whole lot of jumping, but I think every horse should be able to do a deceint training level dressage test, because it is pretty much the basics of good riding, a balanced walk trot and canter both directions. I think he looks like a pleasant horse, very nice! =))
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-12-2012, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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Bump. :)

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I'm sorry but I don't know much in the way of conformation, but, he is gorgeous!
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-12-2012, 09:44 PM
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I like him. Others have summarized well :) Definitely worth taking a look at this guy with your trainer.

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