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Critique QH gelding for possible purchase!
I'm still looking around for a horse and I stumbled across this one. Any thoughts on conformation? I know the shots aren't great, but he's not my horse so I can't get any better photos.
Hope the images work...
It may not help a lot but I like him. He doesn't look downhill and his legs look good though a little hard to tell with the boots in one and the completely square in front stance in the other. Shoulder is a bit straight but head and neck "fit." His back doesn't look too long. He seems laid back...sane.
He looks very nice and a good temperament... what i see is that he has a nice hip and overall body. Looks like he has strong legs and sound, solid hooves and good muscling and shape in the photos. One thing i do notice is it looks as if his neck ties in really low into the chest (it might just be the picture lol). Overall he looks like a beaut with a kind eye and head :)
very nice! good hip, low set hocks and short canons. good bone. Very nice horse.
Except for the steep shoulder, I really like this horse. What are your plans with him?
The head is proportioned to the neck and the rest of the body. It looks great and provides better balance as well. Horses heavier set in front are for obvious reasons, more prone to leaning on the forehand, but this guy looks really good. A coarser head also requires a coarser shorter neck, which this horse does not have.
The neck is of good length which promotes flexibility at the poll and in the neck. The neck length should be 1/3 of the horse's total length which he has. There is a lack of muscle in the topline which is no issue, because you can build that with proper work.
The shoulder angle helps in giving you a clue on this horse's smoothness at all 3 gates. Big factor in how much concussion that front end is going to receive and how much concussion those bones are joints are subjected to. This guy has a really steep shoulder, making me guess he will probably have really short and choppier gaits. A steep shoulder usually also makes the horse have more knee action than forward open action with a better shoulder.
This horse has a nice front end. I dont see him over at the knee at all. Cant assess anything else in the legs tho because there were no photos provided. I cannot tell if the horse is tied at the knee or cut under. I really like the length of his cannon bones, long in the back and short in the front. A short canon bone puts less stress on the tendons during hard work such as hills, uneven terrain, even gallops. A shorter cannon bone also puts less stress on the knee joint.
I like the size of those hocks in proportion to the body. The larger the hock, the greater shock absorption. The hocks should be level with the chestnut on the front legs. A good hind end will give you more power and drive. It also allows the horse to stay more balanced. I would love to see this guy lose a little bit of weight, and gain some muscle and topline. I think he would be really great looking.
I really like the looks of this guy. Keep us posted.
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