➞ This gelding is the best turnedout in this group. However, he’s the least balanced, which must be considered first. He also has structural correctness issues that place him behind the other two geldings.
His back is long and his point of croup is noticeably higher than his withers. Being built “downhill” that way makes it difficult for him to be light in his front end and derive power from his hind end. His shoulder is steep, which limits his stride, and his withers show no definition.
His hocks are higher than his knees, which contribute to his uneven topline, and being an aged gelding, he’s past his chance to balance out. This also affects his underline, as he’s as deep in his belly as he is in his heartgirth.
His front legs are flat-kneed, but his front pasterns appear to have a more upright angle than his front hooves. Pasterns that are upright on more sloped hooves put excess pressure on the horse’s heels and often leads to unsoundness.