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post #1 of 5 Old 06-18-2020, 04:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on my geldings

Hello! I’ve got 2 geldings I’d love to get some thoughts on as far as conformation goes. I can point out the obvious flaws in both of them but am wanting to learn more. Thanks!
The sorrel is Bagel and the palomino is Tigger
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-18-2020, 07:25 AM
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Welcome to the Forum...

Your horses are both very unique and differently built individuals.
So ....
Bagel, interesting name.
Did we earn the name Bagel cause someone likes to steal bagels by chance?

OK...first thing I see is a bit of draft appearance from the long feathers.
A prominent high wither, dropping off to a dropped spine.
Think we have sway-back occurring and a bit of muscle atrophy just starting on the top-line.
A pretty high neck/chest tie-in with a pronounced chest protrusion that then makes the neck appear short and coarse looking.
Thick throatlatch.
Common head, shorter in length, not seeing any refinement influences.
A nicely shaped ear and flat profile.
To me Bagel is chest heavy and hindend light.
I see a SI joint further back lightening the hindend considerably in looks.
Shoulder and front pastern ankle look reasonably even and balanced.
Hooves look healthy and balanced, well taken care of.
A deeper heartgirth.
Legs have nice thick boning.
Front legs look almost as if they stand slightly under the immense weight of the heavy front end. Flat knees.
Hind end looks wonky.
One leg looks rather straight and posty, the other looks camped out behind with a enhanced past the buttock stance
Short croup, high tailset
Bit of a angular SI joint.
Bagel is in good flesh and more muscular than first appears with defined bulkier muscle taking shape on the frontend and a bit of fine delineation to the hind.

Tigger is a very, very different built horse
From the get-go he has refinement showing in sleeker build.
A nicely shaped ear, flat profile and obviously likes to eat.
A clean throatlatch
Longer neck with thinner outline to it but matches the sleek of the body.
High chest tie-in. Chest appears flat and symmetrical
With a shadow across makes it hard to see the scapula angle well but assuming a decent shuolder angle and corresponding pastern angle.
Legs appear on the 4-corners of the body placed.
Right front leg appears to be slightly twisted at the knee down, shadows make it hard to see the symmetry of a straight leg.
Horse is built butt high.
SI joint is a big back from optimum making his butt appear less and weaker but don't think that is a issue in actuality.
Short, high placed croup
Hind legs although decent set, for me wish they had more angle to them and from the hock down they look not straight but under the horse. He appears a bit posty. I recognize the ground is not level and this can throw off the animals stance.
Horse has very straight pasterns which is often a mirror of the hind leg stance for balanced movement.
Horse appears to not be optimum back length but not terribly long either.
Decent heartgirth depth happening.
Something with the hock but not sure what without truly seeing it..
Horse appears in good weight, muscled well started on the front end, some light delineation to the hind happening.
Nice tail that will stream behind when ridden.

Both horses are fine animals.
They are each unique in their build and traits but obviously are well loved and cared for.
No matter what anyone says makes no difference as they meet your needs and wants carrying you along as a willing riding partner.
Bet both are great riding partner and companions..
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-18-2020, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Wow that’s some super cool information! I love Bagel’s feathers, he is just a solid Paint but I’m guessing he has some draft in there. Now that I look I can definitely notice that he might have a bit of a swayback/some weak topline there. Maybe I should put him on some good topline feed?
So cool to get some info on Tigger too. He is definitely longer backed than Bagel and moves out pretty easily. Thank you!
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-18-2020, 09:13 AM
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Your horse Bagel does not need top-line supplements or enhancers as his spiny processes are fully covered.
He would do better with doing some exercises that would help to add muscle strength to his back and tighten his abdominal muscles both can be done from the ground or astride...
There are many here who have addressed this with their own horses and can offer you things to do that I am not familiar with, just know they exist.
Keep a close watch to him and his sweat pattern and his way of travel under saddle.
Maybe not quite yet but check into a swayback pad to protect his back and offer him comfort when he is ridden...

I looked at Tigger and thought some Arabian influence or even saddlebred or gaited with his build.
Both are fine looking animals.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-18-2020, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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I will surely look into getting one and research some exercises for him!
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