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New Horse conformation Advise

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Hi everyone, I’m hoping I will get some advise and information from creating this post, all comments are welcome. We are looking at a young horse to buy he is a three rising four year old gelding, Irish sport horse x halflinger unrecorded breeding currently stands apparently 15,1 we are hoping to go see him next Wednesday. He is just broken and hasn’t done much work for building muscle yet ... here he is
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I’m sorry if the picture shows up small,
This is him, so any flaws and goods in the conformation that you may see I’d appreciate if you could point them out and explain if you can why it’s good or bad, I do have somewhat an idea of conformation and I realise he is 3 and has some growing possibly yet and filling out, I’m not to sure about conformation in the hocks and stifle but anything you can see point it out and it will be much appreciated thanks everyone !
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Overly straight through the leg with a steep croup. Otherwise looks pretty stout with good bone and nice feet.
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His neck looks short and at this point overly thin for his frame but that can change as he fills out. It'll still be short.

Having overly straight rear legs can cause excessive concussion and bruising to the feet. They also cannot absorb energy through their leg and have trouble pushing off.
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Instead of form following function a horse's function follows form. No horse is perfect. Some are built better for certain tasks than others. Heart and try make a difference. There are absolute train wrecks that go on to stun the world with their accomplishments. If you are comfortable with how he rides. If he has no lameness issues. If he is not intended to compete at upper levels then it may be with the right rider he may do well at lower. How long he will is anyone's guess. If you have a specific task in mind then you should find the horse whose conformation is closest to ideal for that task.
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