Conformation critique on a thoroughbred please?
Could someone please critique this boys conformation? Just a few little notes he isn't standing on a perfectly flat/level surface but its not too bad. He's also a little fat and really wasn't co-operating for photos haha he just wanted to eat lunch (hence the wide stance in some) so I've included as many as the best ones as possible. Oh and I'm wondering what people think of him as a jumper/eventer/hack/show horse. He is brilliant at dressage from what Ive seen and is very well bred. I'm from Western Australia and his bloodlines here are well known for jumping so he should be able to (here's hoping anyway!) Thank you :)
Sorry again for the awful phone shots and size
He looks really nice and has a gorgeous face. His neck looks a little thin and narrow but with the correct work you can build on his muscles. Other than that his conirmation looks good :)
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Thank you, yes now you mention it his neck does look narrow doesn't it. It's hard to look critically for me hence the thread.
Just adding I compared to a photo of when he was in full work so not as fat and his neck looks like it matches his body more so it should be something I could work on.
He is VERY posty in the hind legs, I'd like to see more angle in his shoulder and better angle on his hind pasterns (due to him being posty).
He is a bit straight behind through the hock and stifle. His topline is decent although I would like to see the point of croup a bit further forward and less pronounced for a smoother transition from back to coupling. That being said, the strong back I like can be a bit stiff, but will hold up well mileage wise.
The bottom of his neck is set correctly, but the top of his neck, tying into the withers, is a bit low. If he is doing stellar in dressage he has not been doing so for long as he does not show the muscle building that a horse working properly in dressage would show. His neck may be starting to turn over.. but I think not... so be careful that he is not being ridden front to back in a false frame.
His feet seem a bit small and his bone a bit light for a lot of hard jumping.. and his pasterns are a bit long in front. However, he IS a Thoroughbred and this is common to the breed. I would take a very good look at his feet to insure he has adequate thickness to his hoof walls. I suspect he may have thin walled feet which is more of a concern than the somewhat light character of his legs.
I like him, really. Having had a horse with thin walled Thoroughbred feet, I would be very fussy about that when looking at this horse to buy.
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