Strage & Maura, thank you so much for that analysis! Its so cool to see how his mechanics work. The lifting and rotating mechanism is especially cool to think about. Question though Strange, what do you love about his hindquarters? Just wondering:)
Honestly I'm not really sure. I just find it aesthetically pleasing. Everything looks pretty proportional and just well put together. He's a little straighter through the hocks than I like, but it's so minor compared to how nicely put together the rest of him is. It makes me laugh when people insist that imperfectly conformed horses are mostly useless for more high impact horse disciplines.
One of the most amazing horses I've ever ridden looks like a nag out in the pasture, but you get on him and he's got stellar movement and a jump to die for and he's had little to no soundness issues throughout his life and is jumping 3'6"-3'9" at 27 years old still.