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post #1 of 11 Old 06-06-2011, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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TB Gelding Critique

Please critique my gelding constructivly! 8 years old, very good boy with mature build. Sorry for the quality, my bf didn't understand that a confo pic should include the feet. But I have a question about his feet also, so I posted a couple shots of his rear feet.

Things I know... He needs a topline. He is over developed on the underside of his neck, but we have been working hard on moving the muscle definition up! Suggestions welcome on getting the underside to buldge less once his topline is defined.

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For his feet, this is a shot of his back hooves, does his heel seem low? He gets stocked up in the back and I have tried a lot of remedies (turn out, no cuts, cleared up some mud fever, padded stall). Swelling does go down with work and he is not lame in the back. Just annoying is all. I couldnt get the close up to post for some reason. If you cant see enough to judge, just skip it. Sorry!

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-06-2011, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, couldn't get hoof shots to attach. Somethings up with the site. Sorry! Just confo then. Thanks!

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His stance shouts to me that he has sore front feet. He is long in the back and rough coupled over the back to croup area. His hocks look small and round. He has nice flat knees and his neck is set low. His shoulder lays back OK but he has a fairly acute angle at the point of shoulder so his jumping may not be the best. His stance says he is sore in front, so jumping is not so good anyway.

Honestly, his conformation is not overall terrible but it is not spectacular either. He is not a stand out in a crowd horse.

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Err, hmm... we do hunters. So we are jumping without issue. I'm interested though. What about his stance says "ouch?" I don't want my guy in pain. He is shoed in front and barefoot in back.
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I did not say he cannot jump.. but I suspect he is flat and his forearms are not level.. but the photo is not so good.

He has his fronts legs stiff and camped out like his front feet are sore. When I see this stance I immediately think, "Navicular or Founder."

This is what I am getting from a not very good picture.

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Oh no I understood what you said. I just wanted to state we were jumping incase there was something crazy I should know! :)

He was declared sound for any discipline when I bought him. He is off the track and I don't know what he could have developed. I am going to try and get a better pic up here and maybe you can tell me more. Thanks!
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Do you have another picture of him? I agree, his front legs and almost, facial expression, made me think sore, outchie feet, founder etc as well. Or "posty" front end. But its not real fare to judge that on one picture, giving him the benefit of the doubt he could have just happened to stop and stand like that.

Its hard to judge his shoulder with him standing like that. Neck is nice, maybe a little on the long side. Set decent. Back is a little long but not bad. His tail set could be higher/back/croup/butt could be rounder. Almost looks cow hocked in the photo to me again, hard to say from this one picture. Agreed, not great, not horrible, nice trail horse kind of guy.
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He may be sore in front, but I think it is more that he is put together with his forelegs a bit more forward than they should be. the shoulder angle drawn from wither to point of shoulder to forearm is more like 40 degrees.

I like his hip and nice long neck, but he could do with being a little shorter in the loin.

Good luck with him, I bet he looks great under tack.

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Thank you Reininginga. He does not have navicular or laminitis. He is shoed in front and is not lame. If he is sore anywhere, he isn't telling me. It was said earlier he probably doesn't jump great, and from what youve told me about his shoulder angle that probably explains it. We compete Hunters and do pretty well. He doesn't tuck and snap up his legs like a refined jumper, but he jumps square and correct.

I had been getting a lot of compliments on him lately as he's been developing. And he was a little fat before and is more defined now. In fact, I think he's lost a little to much. A trainer at a clinic I was at last weekend asked me how much I would sell him for. So I sought out the confo critique because I wondered what people would be looking for, as I only know a little about conformation.

He isn't for sale, but I guess they all are for the right price! I still plan to get a better pic posted so I know more about what I am dealing with. THanks!
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Would love to see a MUCH BETTER picture.

Critique is only as good as the image posted...

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