➞ This quality gelding has large eyes, well-set ears, and nice expression. He’s noticeably heavier in his front end than his hind end, lacking the other geldings’ overall balance.
He has an adequate throatlatch, but his neck ties into his chest low. He lacks prominent withers and the strong loins of the other two geldings, and he’s slightly higher in his hips than his withers.
He has the steepest shoulder angle of these three, and though he has good front-end muscling definition, it’s not matched in his hind end. He lacks depth and definition through his stifle and gaskin.
This gelding’s legs are structurally correct. His hocks may be slightly higher than his knees, but he has an ideal hock angle, and his hind cannon bones make a plumb line to the ground. His front legs have flat knees and good pastern slope, but he places third because he lacks the other geldings’ overall balance, strong toplines, and well-sloped shoulders.