Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
I agree with the pictures not being the best, but from what you have, your horse appears to be "camped under" in front which can greatly affect his balance. He's also a little sickle hocked. I see some nice muscling going on with his hindquarter, however it looks to be a little uneven. Something doesn't quite seem "right" about his back besides needing topline. This and the legs camping under may point to a need for a chiro to look at him to make sure there isn't an underlying issue. There are many things that can cause a horse to hold himself that way besides conformation, most of the very fixable with the right exercises and some chiro work.
I disagree with the others on his weight, though he's a touch ribby...he's not too ribby for a TB. I see no other bones sticking out besides the slight tickle of ribs. If he were a quarterhorse I would say to get a little weight on him. It also depends on his age, which you haven't specified. I like TBs who are older than 12 to be a little more weighty because as they get older it's harder for them to maintain weight. I think what this fellow needs is more muscling on his topline and through his middle. He seems to only have muscle at his ends and nothing in between.
He does look like someone stole a neck from another horse and slapped it on him but I think muscling of the neck would improve his looks as well....this can take years to develop correctly, however. I wouldn't try to mechanically fix his neck with contraptions, without the help of a very experienced trainer because you could easily make it worse.
I LOVE his head. He has a very kind and willing look about him. Pretty eyes and ears and a clean throatlatch.