Thoroughbred Gelding Conformation Crit

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  • Muscling up a horses thin neck
  • Horse uneven hindquarter muscling

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    07-25-2011, 04:26 PM
Thoroughbred Gelding Conf Critique

Helloo. This is my gelding Jett. Sorry I couldn't get any great pictures and that his uh...thing is hanging out. He kept wanting to eat grass and would move around every time I picked his head up. Anywayy...His head and neck always looked a bit small for his body. These pictures actually make him look really ugly and small. I promise he's cuter in person! :) What do you guys see?

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    07-25-2011, 05:01 PM
In my opinion, he could use a little more weight. He has a nice bottomline but needs more muscle/fat along the topline. His head is a good size but the length and thin-ness of his neck make it appear small. His forelimbs look good and clean but his rump needs more muscle. All this boy needs is some ground and undersaddle exercising and a few more groceries and he'll look like a champ. I love his color and kind eye. He looks like a sweet guy.
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    07-25-2011, 08:45 PM
I agree with TheMadHatter- I thought he had a roached back but after reading what TheMadHatter said I think I agree with him just needing a more developed topline. Love his coloring :)
    07-26-2011, 10:43 AM
Green Broke
Agree with the others. He is a bit hatchet necked and the roughness of his couple could be a hunter's bump. I wish his hocks were a little lower.

Get some weight on him and then repost his picture. I bet he will look darn nice!
    07-26-2011, 12:00 PM
Green Broke
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.
    07-26-2011, 02:06 PM
Thanks guys :) He's 13. And the second picture is at a funny angle I think...and he's putting on weight nicely. He was about 150 lbs underweight when I got him (about 4 1/2 months ago). He's a very sweet boy :)
    07-26-2011, 02:47 PM
Also, he has had chiropractic work! Which really worked wonders on him! After 6 years on the track he was pretty messed up...he's so much happier now. He used to pin his ears every time you asked him to trot. His back would get sore after every ride. He adjusted his legs and back and was really cool! Last month he came back and adjusted his head and neck.
    07-26-2011, 03:25 PM
Green Broke
Sounds like you are definitely on the right track then, I was just saying what I saw, but remember, I am by no means and expert :) I'm glad you have made an unhappy track horse into a happy and loved friend :)
    07-27-2011, 12:03 AM
Thanks! We are considering selling him, as he is a bit much for you think he would make a nice hunter? I was going to sell him as a hunter or dressage prospect. However he has more of a cute little trot than an extending one...Anyone else have ideas on what he could excel in? Thanks!
    07-27-2011, 12:10 AM
Green Broke
He may make a nice dressage prospect, and the dressage would do him a lot of good too, in my opinion. As for hunter, hard to tell from these pics. I am not sayijg he couldn't do it, I'm sure he could sail over jumps, it's as to how long his conformation will allow him to do it and stay free of issues that would be my question.

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