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    Conformation pictures.

    I’m not sure if this is the right place for this post, but I’m guessing breeding folks will have experience with conformation photos.

    This is a two year old Irish Draught. I’m curious what you think of his conformation at a sport horse prospect, and how these photos could be improved. Thanks!

    #2
    It's so hard to tell at this age and stage. He looks butt-high right now, which makes his hind end look a little too straight and his forehand heavy. As the front end grows to match, he will likely look more balanced with a better hind.

    His right front leg looks straight today and his left looks like it toes out a bit. When he gets bulkier with age and his chest widens, his legs may look a little different.

    Looks like a nice two year old prospect; nice neck attachment, lovely shoulder, deep body.

    In my opinion, the best predictor is his parentage and his brain. If parents were both successful at sport and he has a good brain, his odds are good. Pretty boy.

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      His front end is lovely. The farther in front of the withers the front legs are (the vertical line running through the crease in the forearm, the more uphill he has the potential to move. In other words, he's got a lot of support under him.

      His shoulder slope and angle are great, with a lovely neck that emerges above the point of his shoulder. All that means his front end is very useful for jumping

      Being butt-high does straighten the high end, so it's hard to say how that will shake out.

      He's also a bit camped out, but all else equal, there are worse things, and it's not to such a degree it would make me turn the other way.

      His hind end bulk doesn't match the front end, but given his age it's hard to say how much that will be the case when he's mature. I think he will always have an engine that doesn't quite match the front end. But the angles are good, and he will continue developing, so also not something I'd worry about

      The best conformation pictures aren't in a square stance, they are open, with the near legs with vertical cannon bones, and the off side legs under the body just so you can see the legs. Look at yearling TB Sales pics - they have perfected the conformation stance.

      I agree that if his parents and at least a few generations back were successful at at least the level you want, then odds are greatly in his favor.
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        Originally posted by JB View Post
        His front end is lovely. The farther in front of the withers the front legs are (the vertical line running through the crease in the forearm, the more uphill he has the potential to move. In other words, he's got a lot of support under him.

        His shoulder slope and angle are great, with a lovely neck that emerges above the point of his shoulder. All that means his front end is very useful for jumping

        Being butt-high does straighten the high end, so it's hard to say how that will shake out.

        He's also a bit camped out, but all else equal, there are worse things, and it's not to such a degree it would make me turn the other way.

        His hind end bulk doesn't match the front end, but given his age it's hard to say how much that will be the case when he's mature. I think he will always have an engine that doesn't quite match the front end. But the angles are good, and he will continue developing, so also not something I'd worry about

        The best conformation pictures aren't in a square stance, they are open, with the near legs with vertical cannon bones, and the off side legs under the body just so you can see the legs. Look at yearling TB Sales pics - they have perfected the conformation stance.

        I agree that if his parents and at least a few generations back were successful at at least the level you want, then odds are greatly in his favor.
        I also thought he looked a bit camped out behind and I was wondering if that was how I have him stood up or if it’s part of his butt high growth phase. Thank you for weighing in. It’s hard to pick apart my own horses for my barn blindness.

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          Given that his cannon bones appear vertical, and his hock behind the point of his butt, he's camped out. It could be a little exaggerated due to a growth phase, there could be some perspective distortion. But that's something you can check in person. Vertical cannon bone, see where that puts the point of the hock in vertical relation to the point of the butt.
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