Geld­ing A

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➞ 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.

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