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This is Diesel He is a 14.3 1999 APHA Gelding from Lazy K ranch in Ca. He is a sweet begginer intermediate horse who I plan on showing Western Pleasure Dressage this year. He has a high headset but with collection we are improving his top line one day at a time (I got him Feb 6th)
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I agree that he looks disproportionate. Short back, long thick neck, huge head, and short legs.

It's hard to critique improvement without before pictures to go with after pictures.
 

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are these pictures distorted somehow?
I mean no offense, but he seems very... oddly proportioned. >>
 

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I agree with everyone else. He looks VERY disproportionate. He also looks, like NdAppy said, way shorter than 14.3hh...unless the girl holding him is REALLY tall. I'm 5'7" and my old gelding was 14.2hh. I was able to drape my arm over his back, which was just about at shoulder height on me. That gelding looks like he's maybe 14hh, if that chick is really 5'6".

In addition to the oddly proportioned thing, he has very upright pasterns in the back. His shoulder angle is pretty upright. He looks almost pigeon-breasted. I don't know if his back is starting to sway or if he just doesn't have a very good topline, but there's something funky going on with his back just after his withers.
 

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Okay.

Well, none of that changes the fact that he looks very disproportionate. As CLaPorte432 said, he looks like he's got a short back, long thick neck, disproportionately large head and short legs. Even in the before pic he looks that way.
 

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I really like his color! I am also a sucker for bald faces ;P
 

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This horse has the body of a pony but the neck and head of a 16 hh horse... very strange looking to me, almost as if you took two different horses and switched their necks! A horse's body length should be in proportionate 3rds: 1/3 hindquarter, 1/3 barrel, 1/3 neck. This horse is 1/2 neck and 1/2 body. Very odd. I also agree he looks shorter than 14.3. A horse can be a height but proportions can make him look shorter still.

I hope you don't mind, I went and drew some lines on the first picture of your boy to help show you his proportions better. The top line shows how level his back is, the bottom line is how long he is and I chopped him into 3 sections like I said should be proportionate above. There is a smaller "nose line" because I realise he is sticking his nose forward. Even if he had his nose on a vertical, his neck is still 1.5x longer than his barrel or his hindquarters.

http://i41.tinypic.com/6tpyxf.jpg

These are not exact, I made this on my laptop without a mouse lol. Just a general reference to help you see where he is at. I hope it helps. :)
 

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I don't mind at all its extreemly helpful! I think the pictures make him look less proportionate then he really is I will take a few others if you don't mind looking at those. Im happy to see his wither is level with his bum because I've had some comments about him looking bum high when the issue is truely in his top line. I also think his larger neck and head cause issues with balance because he has a very high headset naturally.
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so while brushing him I decided to step back and examine the proportions of my lovely pony and I have decided SOMEHOW the pictures of my horse look WARPED! from tail to chest he is about my arms span a little more actually and from nose to chest he is the lenght of the tip of my fingers to my chest.
I took this picture from farther awar with a 5ft5in rider (my sister) You can see his proportions MUCH better!
 

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His front legs look shorter than his back legs. In the pic you just posted, can you see how he almost looks like he's sinking down at the front? Its weird, and he looks bum high in that pic, can you get a photo of him on flat ground to compare? Like on some concrete or something?
 

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I would definately like to see more pictures... I agree he looks very odd porportioned in the first pics... but not as extreme in the last you posted. Either way it seems you love your new guy :)
I do love him.... I had to make a difficult decison and give up on a horse that was too much for me even though confomationaly he was PERFECT and he moved like a dream. Had all the right moves except he was unpredictable (reared and kicked he in the face) and I traded him for Diesel. Best choice Ive ever made. Diesel has his faults but he has been helping me regain trust with horses. Which to me makes him worth his weight in gold. Every day with him makes me remember why I started riding in the first place. :D
 
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