Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
He seems fairly straight in the shoulder. I usually like to see more of a slope to them.
His throatlatch is a bit too thick for me. I like my horses to collect and the thickness of his throat wouldn't allow him to collect as much as I prefer.
He does appear to stand under himself, but that could be because he's not actually set up.
His tail head is set too low on his rump, I think, and that could be a factor in how his hip appears.
I do think that if he's excercised the muscle in his hip will tone up and give it a better appearance. When you're working him, ask him for a lot of hind end impulsion (using his hindquarter's to move instead of using his shoulder's. Horses can lazy and moving using their shoulder's is less work that using their hindquarter's, but once they've got that, it just smoothen's out the whole ride) and that should increase the muscle in his hip to give it a more rounder look.
He appears to be straight in the legs, and he's got a nice short back which I like to see.
He's also got a good looking head (I'm much a head hunter :) ) and a nice eye, set wider apart which is a characteristic to indicate an intelligent horse.
Again, it does appear that he stands underneath himself too much. He does have fairly short pastern's and not much angle to his hocks (you can compare to Dumas to see the difference) which just means he won't be able to hunker down on his rear end to really get down, such as a cutting horse.
He does appear to turn his back legs in a bit, but the bones appear to straight so this may be the way he is standing in the photo.
His throatlatch, again, is a little too thick for me so it'll inhibit his collection ability (please excuse me here - this is a bit of me putting Arabian conformation onto a QH!).
His neck ties in well (I think) with his shoulder and chest, giving him a nice over all balanced look (I just want to reach in the photograph and pull his front legs forward and inch lol).
He does have a nice hip which is balanced well with his shoulder, and the short backs which I prefer, with a cute head and it seems like he's got a wonderful temperment.
Both of them have wonderful bone and I think could both be put to work hard (after some toning, of course!) and not have a problem doing it.