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  1. #1
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    Default Conformation Critique PLEASE!

    This is my 9y/o 16.1hh Appendix QH. We do jumpers and Eq. Hoping to do the 4ft jumpers, maybe even 4'6, but we'll just see how he does. So anyway. Critique.
    And please excuse his nastiness. Cold days+muddy fields+grey horse=NIGHTMARE.

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1z32omd&s=7

    Jumping form:
    Little oxer
    3'9 oxer

    Confo picture from a few months ago to show the change:
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=oabz3d&s=7
    Last edited by forestergirl99; Dec. 12, 2010 at 09:03 PM.



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    I took a peek for you. I think he is a really attractive horse with good bone, strong looking back, and good overall balance. I would like to see his hind end with better cover either weight or muscle. Especially becuase he has such a substantial job. His tendons look solid and tight and nice joints.

    BTW. I love his eye.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsbradbury View Post
    I took a peek for you. I think he is a really attractive horse with good bone, strong looking back, and good overall balance. I would like to see his hind end with better cover either weight or muscle. Especially becuase he has such a substantial job. His tendons look solid and tight and nice joints.

    BTW. I love his eye.
    Thank you!! i'm working building him up. And that isn't his job yet. Thats the goal though.



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    I don't really have a critique because I agree with mrsbradbury and think he's quite cute. Love his big shoulder and his legs do look quite sturdy.

    Nothing really stands out as bad from this picture as to why he cannot do a good job for you. Maybe video of his jumping form would be helpful but with this conformation I would expect him to jump pretty well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doublesstable View Post
    I don't really have a critique because I agree with mrsbradbury and think he's quite cute. Love his big shoulder and his legs do look quite sturdy.

    Nothing really stands out as bad from this picture as to why he cannot do a good job for you. Maybe video of his jumping form would be helpful but with this conformation I would expect him to jump pretty well.
    Thanks you. Jumping pictures posted.



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    So after seeing the jumping pictures - my continued critique is that he is uber cute and jumps really good. And have to say - well isn't he the cutest thing ever!!! NICE HORSE! Lucky you.
    Train like you have never won and show like you have never lost!!!



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    cute jumper boy!! Hard to critique his conformation. He *may* be able to use a bit more weight but it could just be the angle! Very cute boy!
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    Clearly capable of his job - very workman-like. Maybe a little weak in his loin & a little light behind for how big his front-end is. Nothing too serious though. I'm not sure how long you have had him, or his previous job, but I'd also make sure his hind-end is comfortable so that he can build it up properly. Probably a non-issue, but something to keep in mind. I think he needs to build some topline, maybe look at his diet to be sure he has enough protein and spend some time building his top-line up this winter.

    Overall you look like a great pair, good luck



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    Maybe I am just too picky than most when I am asked to look at someone else's horse's conformation (yeah.... like of course mine are totally perfect....) .
    I do like his shoulder, and his great kind eye, but I don't like much behind his girth. His hip is steep and could be deeper/stronger. He appears to already have signs of "hunter bump" over his SI region indicating potential hind end issues . Because of the steep angle of his hip, his stifle is too straight. That is potentially a site for lameness issues as well. The other thing is he appears quite short backed in comparison to his leg length, (a farrier's nightmare ) ....of course that is coming from a farrier's standpoint .
    I really see his 'want to' though and his form over jumps. So with careful conditioning, he could be OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodmorning View Post
    Clearly capable of his job - very workman-like. Maybe a little weak in his loin & a little light behind for how big his front-end is. Nothing too serious though. I'm not sure how long you have had him, or his previous job, but I'd also make sure his hind-end is comfortable so that he can build it up properly. Probably a non-issue, but something to keep in mind. I think he needs to build some topline, maybe look at his diet to be sure he has enough protein and spend some time building his top-line up this winter.

    Overall you look like a great pair, good luck
    Nope you actually nailed it! His previous job was standing in a cow field. Haha. He also had chronic muscle soreness+a suspensory issue(not a tear or strain or anything) and he compensated for a long time and was out of work for a while. He's put on a LOT of muscle, but he's hopefully not done yet. I changed his food to one with less fat but more protein about a month or so ago, and he's put on a good 50 pounds. I'll post a picture from a few months ago to show the difference.



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    Well hasn't he got talent! Tidy jumper - just tucks right up - honest and a lovely eye. Is that a flea bitten grey? Nice color.

    I think your confo pic was a before, wasn't it?

    I would love to see those toes taken back - they are uber long, and he heels under run. If he's going to handle himself over the big fences, and it looks like he can, you want him shod well and those feet aint. That's just my strong opinion!

    He looks just great, and you are lucky. Enjoy this spring, you're going to have a ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnotherRound View Post
    Well hasn't he got talent! Tidy jumper - just tucks right up - honest and a lovely eye. Is that a flea bitten grey? Nice color.

    I think your confo pic was a before, wasn't it?

    I would love to see those toes taken back - they are uber long, and he heels under run. If he's going to handle himself over the big fences, and it looks like he can, you want him shod well and those feet aint. That's just my strong opinion!

    He looks just great, and you are lucky. Enjoy this spring, you're going to have a ball.
    Thank you!! He is a flea-bitten, and yes, the 2nd confo pic was a before picture.

    I'm not sure to which picture you are referring to about his feet, but he might has been due for a visit in the 2nd or it could just be a bad picture. The first one was taken on Sunday and he's going to the farrier in 2 weeks. His farrier is AMAZING though. These pictures might not show it, but the farrier really does trim his toes very(but not overly) short. I very much agree that good shoeing is a must, and I can honestly say if it weren't for his farrier, he wouldn't be sound right now. His feet were an absolute mess, and he's still a work in progress, but they are looking much better.



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