Walter, one year later
Okay, Walter is now a late three year old, and I would like to know how he's looking! I don't have front/back view, as he is two provinces away.. Hope that is OK. I will also post comparison from 2 year old.
First pic- March 2012 before his birthday in April when he turned two.
Second- October 2012 while at the trainers as a two year old
Third- October 2013 at the show as a three year old
All I can see is upright pasterns. He's really changed hasn't he!
His coloring is gorgeous!
Ill give it a try although im still new to this. Downhill, short upright pasterns, seem pretty over at the knee (I think that's the right term.) Something looks off on the hocks as well. Maybe posty? However he's a cutie and i love his coloring. Looks like he would hold up to riding, but I would be careful of anything too strenuous because of the pasterns.
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Sorry if this isn't exactly the topic, but a horse hits himself with a braided tail (manes too, but likely hurts less, due to lots of small braids) whenever he swats for flies or whatever. He'd be a lot more comfortable unbraided.
Good thing it's winter in those photos so he likely didn't cause too much damage to himself.
Anyway, I think he looks better in the third photo. He looks like he's lost weight and his topline looks better because of that. His hind-end also looks more muscled as well. He looks to be tied-in at the knee, but I don't do to many conformation critiques so I could be wrong about that. That's the stuff I noticed and I'll leave the details to the experts haha!
Its also possible that he was just braided for the pictures so his conformation could bee seen better...that's what we ask people to do isn't it? ;) hold, braid, or knot the tail out of the way for confo pics?
I won't lie, in his yearling fugly stages I wasn't a huge fan of Walter. But HUBBA HUBBA! I like him a LOT more as a three year old. He does look tied in at the knees and his pasterns are short and upright as pointed out, but it may have to do with how his hooves are trimmed. He is turned out beautifully in his show photo (how did he do?!) and over all I liked his back legs and back length.
The tail- for the most part his tail is always braided, minus fly season. He lives in a paddock/stall, so nothing to catch it on. I don't want his tail to get nasty. I love his tail. It gets rebraided a couple times a week and I use cowboy magic on it. He doesn't care about the tail, he's used to it.
I believe he is bum high and growing still. 15.2ish at the withers, and 15.3ish at the bum. That might make up for the downhill, I'm hoping he evens out yet. Still a couple more years of growing.
I was hoping his knees were looking better now that they're closed up. He no longer shakes on them.
Endiku, thank you! He was second under both judges for Geldings 2010, 4,5 for most colourful, and 4,4 for hunter in hand. He's still growing into himself, still bodying up, but he is looking much better than even last summer!
Thanks all! Now I need to go look into the pastern thing.
He doesn't whip himself with it. Its fall and starting to snow. Please, I don't preach to you how to manage your horses, and I would like if you would do the same. This is not the place, but you are more than welcome to make a new topic with your views on tails, what they are intended for, their year round uses, and braids.
Nothing to add... But wow! I cannot believe he is the same horse!
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