Possible next horse
4 year old QH gelding. I am not really "feeling him" but I am also feeling a little blown out on looking at horses. I don't think his conformation would make dressage or jumping easy on him which is what I want to do, but would love some other opinions.
I am NOT liking the angle his feet are at... Makes him look like he is standing on his tip-toes.
The only way to know for sure if he could do jumping/dressage is to go try him out. I know some horses that have THE worst confo yet they could go and win a 3' course. And even some horses that are bred for jumping/dressage or have the confo for it just hate it.
I think he is cute in his own way... I think he would stand/look a lot better if his feet were trimmed differently.
I think he is on a slight hill there, his hind legs are tucked under a little. But they are a very little bit set under, conformation wise. However, in the case of dressage, this is not necessarily a serious fault. I see nothing about him that would discount him for either of those two disciplines. In fact, he has a nice shortish back and very deep chest area. Pretty head, too.
Okay, so nobody thinks that the lower set of his neck would make it harder for him to collect and not peanut roll?
Here are a couple more pictures, none of them as good for conformation as the first (not that its great).
I think he would make a cute hunter, personally. And what level dressage do you want to do? I'm assuming just training/first...? I am still goign to stand by my opinion that as long as he has the heart for jumping/dressage he will be just fine. :)
How old is he?
He is four.
In my area going above 2nd level is really hard unless you can travel around a bunch, so nothing crazy hard. I would also like to event, eventually, but not likely above BN. Novice level jumps scare the crap out of me.
With how young he is, I personally wouldn't worry about the angle his hooves are. He has nice long legs which would be great for jumping, and he is a flashy color so that would look lovely in a show ring, but to be honest....his hindquarters are terrible for an english discipline. You never know though, he could surprise you...but with a body like that...he defiantly looks like he would have a good rocking chair lope for western pleasure.
Yeah, Im not a fan of his hind end. The owner never did get back to me on a time to go see him, so I guess nothing will come of this one.
To be completely honest, this is a horse I would leave well alone, particularly if you wish to use him for dressage. Sure, most horses can do the lower levels but there are the odd few that would struggle, this is one of them.
His hip angles are quite weak and he has very straight hocks. In addition he has a very steep croup and I would guess he has a short choppy stride to match. In combination with an overall down hill build and a neck that ties in low this is a horse that will really struggle at any level of dressage.
I would keep looking.
What Sarah said. You need a horse built for what you plan to do. This guy isn't it.
Plus, he doesn't look very personable. He didn't have his ears up in any of those pictures.
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