Sec­ond: Geld­ing A

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This geld­ing has very nice char­ac­ter­is­tics, but could be set up bet­ter. His over­all bal­ance is good, and in fact, he has more de­fined with­ers and a more level topline than Geld­ing B. He, too, has a strong topline over the loins. His neck is of good length, with a clean throat­latch and that ties in higher to his chest than Geld­ing B’s.

His front legs are clean-boned and flatkneed, with ad­e­quately sloped pasterns. With his hind legs placed the way they are, it’s a bit dif­fi­cult to judge the an­gle of his hocks, but based on the off­side leg, he doesn’t ap­pear to be sickle-hocked, as his near hind leg might in­di­cate. De­spite his level topline, he’s slightly higher in his hocks than his knees.

He places be­hind Geld­ing B be­cause his shoul­ders and hips have straighter, steeper an­gles. Also, his head lacks the re­fine­ment and breed char­ac­ter­is­tics

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