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Supermane 03-22-2008 07:56 PM

Critique my boy's movement and conformation.
 
So, I've had my boy for a little while now and I was wondering what other people think of him. I know his conformation isn't great, in fact, I can see a lot wrong with him and I don't know much.
Anyway he is 7 years old and I've had since a little before the winter. I already know that he is thin and has no muscling. We bought him in pretty bad shape and we are still working on getting him fat and toned so please don't comment on that and don't critique me, I look awful in the videos.

Pictures (Sorry they aren't very good, he wasn't exactly standing and he is standing on a hill.):
http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/2167_Picture026_1.jpg
http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/2167_Picture027_1.jpg
http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/2167_Picture029_1.jpg
http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/21...ture0305_1.jpg

Videos(all of them are long so you don't have to watch all of it):

trotting (all pretty much the same, but I thought I'd post all of them):
http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/m...Picture034.flv
http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/m...Picture035.flv
http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/m...Picture036.flv
http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/m...Picture037.flv
http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/m...Picture038.flv

cantering:
http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/m...Picture039.flv
http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/m...Picture040.flv

Harlee rides horses 03-22-2008 08:06 PM

I'm not quite in the mood to watch a video so I'll do my best on conformation.

High withers, he seems down hill, he needs more muscle, long neck, seems cow-hocked, chest seems to stick out too far, and it almost appears as if he has a ewe neck. I think he needs a little bit more weight, some muscle, and work and he would be lovely.

Equina 03-23-2008 01:20 AM

Having issues with photobucket...so I can only do confo critique as well!

Anyways, I think he is very cute and attentive! I love his coloring, especially on his muzzle. Is he a Thoroughbred?

I don't think he is downhill at all. The only photo where I can maybe see a hint of downhillness is #2 and if you look at the grass edge behind him...it's the camera angle that is downhill! He seems to have a nice athletic build, and nice and tall...I'd love to see him jump!

As for the ewe neck thing...I think it's just that he's just lacking muscle in his neck as Supermane mentioned.

I'd love to see him standing square (also front and back views) to look at the straightness of his legs.

Man, I need to fix photobucket so I can see this guy in action! I like him a lot!!

Supermane 03-23-2008 01:43 AM

Yeah, he was standing down a hill in the pictures I was having a hard time finding an even place. He isn't downhill (if he is only slightly).

And yep he slightly cow-hocked and he has terrible muscling, but he has already gained well over 100 pound since we have had him and the muscling has gotten better.

Oh, he is a 15.3 7/8 hh tb.

SonnyWimps 03-23-2008 09:19 AM

don't have time to watch videos...once I'm not busy I'll watch them and then say what I think...as for the conformation...

really long back
pigeon chested
there's something about his neck that I don't like, but can't place it

He's a pretty boy...I love his coloring and his face! And his nose! I love how his body is all dark, but his nose is a light chestnut-ish color!

amightytarzan5 03-23-2008 01:49 PM

Being a TB would account for the withers, most TB's have more pronounced withers. I'm not a very good judge on conformation, but he has nice movement. He needs to be a little more engaged, but he looks good. Just push him forward a little more at the trot. His canter's good.

Supermane 03-24-2008 12:48 AM

Here is one of his sale pictures, the only jumping picture that I have of him.
http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/2167_3103_1.jpg
He was in a lot better shape when they took this.

twodozenroses 03-24-2008 02:59 AM

Condition obviously plays a big part. With some more muscle etc on him he would look super. He's a lovely horse!
Very much a TB. Long through the back and neck. Looks like he has nice shoulder. Typical TB conformation.

Lovely jumping pic. He has good style.

Supermane 03-25-2008 08:43 PM

I was actually more interested in getting his movement critiqued, I already knew he had pretty funky conformation.

But thanks for the comments everyone :)

FGRanch 03-25-2008 09:03 PM

I love watching this guy move! I think I'm in love. What a nice looking boy! I'd love to come out and ride him..lol :D


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