➞ This gelding shows some good traits, but doesn’t have the balance of Geldings B and C. For as short-backed as he is, which is a good trait, he’s extremely unlevel in his topline. He’s smooth across his withers, but his croup is very peaked and drops off abruptly to his tail head.
He has a small eye and he’s long from eye to muzzle, but his throatlatch is trim, and his neck is long enough and ties in at his chest the highest of these three. His shoulders and hips are very steep, making it difficult for him to reach in his stride.
His front legs are straight through the knees, and though his pasterns are adequately sloped, they’re a touch long with his hoofs sitting out in front of his legs, which can be a weakness over time. He’s a bit post-hocked in his hind legs (not enough angle in his hocks), which can diminish his driving power from behind and possibly lead to unsoundness. He has the least defined muscling of these three, too.