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Hey everyone! Alright, so after a few years of no horse ownership, which drove me insane! I have just recently purchased a new equine friend! I'd love to get your input or constructive criticism on his build. I'll try not to overload you with pictures yet ;)

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Henry
16 yr old registered Morgan gelding
approx 15.3-16h tall.
Used to be a saddleseat horse, now being ridden western and I am going to start some dressage work with him.

This is the day he arrived (which was this past Thursday)! He's been a joy to have and I can't wait to work with him more :) Definitely a lover! Hope these pics work! I was by myself for he leg ones and he was much more interested in turning around to see what the heck I was doing rather than standing still lol. I can always take more!

Without further ado, here's Henry!






Aaaaaand just because he is so cute and I absolutely LOVE his ears!
 

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What a beau! And I think you did a wonderful job considering that you were alone for these pictures.

I really like him. His withers are a tad more sloped than I'd like,and he has a very cresty neck, but that seems like a very common thing in Morgans.Very gentlemanly and regal look to him, and very clean, straight legs. It looks like he might toe out just a bit in the back, but nothing huge. I think you've found yourself a winner!
 

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I love the look of him, but then again, I have a soft spot for Morgans....love his head, and his ears are adorable!
 

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lol There is definitely no denying he is a Morgan. He has every Morgan traits I can see..I do think he has a cute head for a Morgan... He does have really nice straight legs..He may be very slightly toed out, but in the other pictures he doesn't look bad at all..He does have a longer back than I like but it's not awful, especially considering he's 16..He looks in nice shape and at a very nice weight for a Morgan..His neck does tie in a little odd but nothing major. Nice chest....All in all he is a nice looking guy. He has his little quirks but nothing major that should really change or hinder his ability to work. And really, what horse is absolutely perfect in conformation?
 

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If I could find a man with a chest like that, I'd be a very happy woman. ;-)

I agree with DrumRunner that his back is a touch longer than I'd like to see, but it's not THAT bad and it looks well-supported, so it shouldn't be a problem. I like his legs...a lot. Looks like he's got a nice shoulder angle. Remember, a horse is supposed to toe out slightly in the back in order for their legs to function properly, so his toeing out in the back isn't even remotely a fault (in fact, he's got just the right amount of toeing out to be considered in the ideal range). As for his neck...he looks like he's been forced to carry his head more upright, like the majority of saddleseat horses you see, so it's no wonder it's muscled funky. Give him some time working long and low and I bet you'll see a tremendous difference.
 

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Looks like his front left hoof has a little flaring(his back two as well), it is also not even with the his right hoof. His back looks a little toes out but I think it may be the way he is standing because in the others it does not appear that way to me.
He does have a long back, I would also like to get some side pictures of him standing on flat ground, the first one looks like the ground goes down hill.
I also agree with TinyLiny, I see Saddlebred as well.
He does have a cute head, he looks very alert.....he is grinning in the 2nd photo :)

Congrats on your new boy :)
 

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I love the grin he is giving you in the one photo!
I see a hair toed out on the hind and his whithers are a little more sloped than I like but overall I think you scored on this one!
 

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I would also like to get some side pictures of him standing on flat ground, the first one looks like the ground goes down hill.
Okay, I may be wrong, If I am someone correct me..I know a little about Morgans but I'm not an expert...I think he looks a little down hill because Morgans are supposed to stand like that..They are trained to hold their hind quarters and feet out further...I think it's called parking out?

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But like I said..I may be wrong, I'd like to know too though. Learn something new!
 

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Okay, I may be wrong, If I am someone correct me..I know a little about Morgans but I'm not an expert...I think he looks a little down hill because Morgans are supposed to stand like that..They are trained to hold their hind quarters and feet out further...I think it's called parking out?

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But like I said..I may be wrong, I'd like to know too though. Learn something new!
Yes, it is called parking out and yes it is the way that you would see morgans set in the show ring. With these types of breeds you want to set the horse to make it look like it has the best conformation possible. The one on the top photo for example is much more stretched in the rear while his front legs are pretty straight under, this is to make him look more level across the topline. I believe standing square this horse would appear butt high. The second photo the horse is standing a little less stretched which is making him look butt high in the picture all together.
 

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wow! thank you for all of the input everyone! he's definitely a camera ham, I'm glad you guys noticed the grin as well :) I definitely agree that his back is a tad long, but for his age and background I am quite happy that its still in such good shape. the western saddle that I ride in definitely hides that bit of extra length. Ok I wasn't imagining things about his feet! I saw his right front flare as well, which surprised me since he was owned by a farrier...its nothing horrible so my farrier and I are just going to do a nice adjustment to it and see how it goes from there.
tinylinly & sierrams, trust me I see the ASB too when I look at him! I actually thought he was an ASB when I saw him at first, he's very refined for a Morgan, especially one of his age! and those ears! those are ASB ears in my book lol. I like it though, it adds his own little bit of flare to him :)
drumrunner, you are correct that the majority of Morgan are taught to stand 'parked out' when they are displayed. I was trying to get him to stand a bit more square,but the ground does slope the tiniest bit down behind him, I'll see if I can snap a shot of him on the concrete barn isle to help later.
thanks for all the compliments guys! I can't wait to see how his overall physique changes once we start really working on his stretching and bending exercises under saddle :) I'd love to see that topline fill in just a tad more to help with those withers too :)
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Gotcha, I didn't know if it was something that all Morgans did because they are bred for it and most get it naturally or if it was just something they were trained to do...
 

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Whoah! more replies by the time I got done typing on my phone lol. BaileyJo, he is not gaited, though that would be fun to have lol.

I'll try to grab some more pictures of him on concrete when I head out tomorrow for you guys! I'll do one parked out and one square so you can see the difference it would make with him :)
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it is definitely a trained stance. just used to show them off in the in hand classes. we also teach the saddleseat horses to park out under saddle while in line up. pretty much just a 'pretty' stance lol
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Ahhh okay, thanks..Do you think the OPs horse is parking out, standing funky, or a little down hill?
The first pic of the OP's horse it looks like he is standing on unlevel ground and that the front appears higher than the rear cause of it. He is standing fairly square and is not parked out in the picture. I would love to see a picture of him parked out though.

Definitely a trained stance. It is used in saddlebreds also in halter and under saddle. We tend to park out mini horses in the show ring as well but no as extreme as other breeds. Some people do park out minis as extreme as a morgan or saddlebred but tend to be trying to cover something up such as being uphill, downhill, or having slightly crooked legs. You will see it used in mondern shetlands and hackneys as well both in harness and in halter.
 
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