Base wide conformation?
Hey guys! This is my first post on here (yay!).
I am looking to buy this horse. He is a 4 yr old OTTB gelding who is BLISS to ride, easy, not complicated and a true joy in the barn. (He is owned by a trainer who is very trusted and well regarded by my trainer.) When I got home this week and saw his pictures I was wondering what is up with his stance... He doesn't do it all the time but why is he standing base wide-ish? He also has a narrow chest (that has been slowly widening/filling out) - does that contribute? OR am I hyper sensitive and this is just a pooped out horse who was standing funny?
What I'm wondering here is has anyone ever seen this or had this in a young horse? will it give me problems down the road? His vet check when he came off the track 6 months ago was completely clear. I'm having him vetted next week. but...What are your thoughts?
And in advance, thanks!
I included a picture of him standing square showing his cute little chest, a photo from the side-ish, and then an example of "the stance."
He's such a peach.
How's his balance? When you mount, does he struggle to keep his balance?
That stance looks to me like he is trying to keep his balance. But, really, I don't have any personal experience with this, only have read about this.
Probably just his, "I'm a bit tired" stance. Cute horse, as you say.
well thank you for thinking he's cute as I do. it's always a bonus! ;O)
His balance is actually quite good. He stands pretty quietly when I get on. He has a balanced canter and trot but slightly dish on his right leg. I wonder if I should forget the leg thing and see if it's a chest thing...?? who knows. only the vet.
I really don't know much about what the base wide stance can mean, other than once reading that it indicates a struggle with balance. Youi know, you read all kinds of stuff in books. riding is the true test. I do know that sometimes narrow chested horses can be more comfortable than really wide chested ones, who can tend to kind of "rock" back and forth when the go from the front leg to front right in the trot because of the greater distance between the two .
Good! Maybe that's why he's so comfortable
To ride? Thanks so much - you're easing my fears!
I wouldn't worry about it much at all. A portion of it may be due to the narrowness of his chest, but that may be just how he naturally stands as well. My horse Dobe stood like that quite often when he was younger and still very narrow. He still does occasionally, especially when he's tired, but he's never taken a lame step (he's 9 now and been ridden fairly hard since he was 3), nor had any balance issues.
Given that your guy is only 4, he'll likely widen up a bit more before he's done growing.
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