➞ This gelding has many good features, including the best head and ears of these three geldings. He’s level across his back, with his croup and withers fairly even, and he shows good proportions overall.
His neck has good length, but ties in to his chest low, limiting its flexibility. His withers are well defined, but his shoulders aren’t as sloped as Gelding C’s. His depth through the heartgirth is adequate, showing approximately the same distance from his topline to his bottomline as the length of his front legs.
His hocks are a bit higher than his knees, limiting his driving power from behind. He has flat knees and adequate slope through the pasterns. It’s hard to assess how free of blemishes and swelling they are because of his hair coat. His hind legs show a good angle through the hocks.
This older gelding still shows some tone and substance in his muscling, but his conditioning isn’t show-ready, and his turnout hurts him the most in this class.