Quarter Horse Critique Please!:)
I'd like a critique on my quarter horse gelding, X. He is an 11 year old, 15 hand gelding. I know that he needs some groceries and some muscle put on him especially in his neck and top line, he is a bit ewe necked right now, I recently moved him to a new barn and he was very stressed for a while and lost a lot of weight and muscle, we are working on it:) I am going to do hunter/jumper shows with him.
His neck is long and set low. That is the most noticeable flaw to me. He seems to have good legs and pasterns. Right now he just looks a bit awkward but once you work him more you should update a pic on this thread so we can see the difference! :-)
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He has a decent shoulder on him
Good neck set though it needs muscle
Front legs look alright as well
He is built downhill and has a sharp slope to his croup
Nothing seriously off about his back legs, though he is cowhocked to a degree
Thanks for the critiques guys! I forgot to add, I know nothing about conformation so if you wanted to explain what you mean (I.E. cowhocked, sharp slope to his croup) and also what the implications are, as in soundness and abilities, it would be awesome! And I will definitely post some pictures in a month or so when hes more muscled up!
His neck is set low (notice the dip in front of the withers). His back is long and his coupling is weak (the area from the end of his withers to the point of croup is his back and the area behind where the saddle sits and ahead of the point of croup is the coupling). In the one photo he looks back at the knee on his left front but over at the knee on his right front. I suspect he is neither.. and the uneven arena footing is giving that impression. His shoulder is steep and the humerus (bone from point of shoulder to elbow) lays at too low and angle making the angle at the point of shoulder a bit closed (this limits forward reach of the front legs in addition to making it 9impossible for the horse to pick his knees up over fences).
All that being said, he is a nice dark bay horse who looks like a good ride with a good temper.
Looks like he toes out pretty good in both front legs... I wouldn't jump him much at all....
Help me critiquers, with the way this horse stands would he work for western pleasure with the lower headset? Trying to learn.
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