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    07-12-2009, 06:59 PM
Zeus conformation critique.

I only have a few from the side, no front or back right now.
What do you think? He's standing a teeny bit funny and under himself with his hind legs, but it's as square as I could get him.
He definitely is lacking any kind of topline at the moment but it's something we're working on.


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    07-12-2009, 11:25 PM
Handsome guy, and ya needs some muscling, but very handsome.
    07-13-2009, 07:44 PM

Anyone else?
    07-13-2009, 07:50 PM
As Reining Girl said, he needsmore muscle, but that'll come. The only thing that jumps out at me is that he has a rather short croup, and he looks like he may be a little roach backed?
Gorgeous boy though!
    07-13-2009, 10:11 PM
I think he is a pretty decent looking horse. A little long backed, and the croup is a bit short, but he has a nice shoulder, and good legs. His neck I can't really tell, but it looks fairly long, with a decently trim throatlatch. I love his soft expression.

As far as the 'roaching' in his back, I think with weight and muscling, that would disappear...He really needs focus on rear end muscling, because he is rather unevenly distrubuted...his shoulder is 'decent', where his hind end is lacking alot in muscle. What kind of exercises are you doing with him to help build his muscletone? I find that longe line and syrcingle work can do wonders, if done properly, so the horse isn't overflexed, but just enough so he has to round his back and drive from behind. Backing also, and turning on the haunches can help, and those you can do on the ground too.

If he goes missing...I didn't do it! Tehehe
    07-13-2009, 10:34 PM
Thanks you guys! I do backing work every time I'm out there.
We back in circles, straight lines, up slopes (not very big ones, we're in a very flat place in FL), in serpentines, etc. About 5 minutes of this on the ground before I ride. Besides longing in a surcingle (don't have access to one) what else could help? Obviously working collected and on the bit undersaddle will help as well, and it's something that we're working on with my new trainer. Before I got him he'd been out of work for a year and than only ridden lightly up untila few months before he came to me. So muscle still needs to be build. He could also stand to gain a few pounds and has already gained some since he's been here.

Thanks again!
    07-13-2009, 11:27 PM
You can tie draw reins to his cinch, too, if you don't have access to a syrcingle.

Aside from hill work, consistant riding, cantering, especially in circles and serpentines, and using backing and turning on the haunches, to help build up the muscle, there's really not a whole lot that you can do but just wait for it to happen. Beet pulp added to his feed can help in the process, as well.
    07-14-2009, 03:57 AM
Originally Posted by mom2pride    
Beet pulp added to his feed can help in the process, as well.
I second that. I've noticed an improvement in my horse's topline since feeding beet pulp.
    07-14-2009, 04:09 AM
He is so gorgeous, I am just wondering though I recall videos of him before you got him doing a jumping course and he looked very different. He was much more muscled and had more weight, what did he do in the interim before you were able to get him? Just curious because seems he dropped a lot of weight and muscle?
    07-14-2009, 04:29 AM

Wow he really doesn't look that different, maybe little less weight, he loves to jump though doesn't he? Have you been jumping him at all?

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