Geld­ing A

Horse & Rider - - Conformation Clinic -

➞ 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. 

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