June 2015 Conformation

I’m really happy with Tristan’s overall look right now. His weight is good, his summer coat is coming in shiny and healthy. The tone of his muscle – what little there is – is actually pretty decent too.

His head is still two sizes too big for his body, but some things we cannot change with diet and exercise.
Ditto his stubby pony legs on a 16hh horse body.
Still, all in all? I wish he had 2-3 more inches of height, but I love his build.
Now, let’s see if we can put more muscle on him this summer.


Conformation Photos: Senior Horse in Vermont Winter

I put Tris on the longe line on Friday night because a) it was freezing, b) the new winter breeches I packed to wear – that I bought on clearance – didn’t fit despite being precisely the same size as my previous winter breeches, wtf, c) I wanted to see if he was sound again after the stomach muscle incident.

He was! Swelling 100% gone, sound as a bell. Huzzah! So I basically just loosened him up, walk-trot on the longe, kept him moving and got him to soften a bit.

Then I figured I had him nekkid so I might as well do some conformation shots!

Sorry the picture quality is terrible but there’s a lot to like here. He’s in a great weight, right around a 6 or maybe a smidge higher. His muscling is coming back nicely, as you can see primarily in his hindquarters and his neck.
He still has his usual conformation flaws, granted, but there’s nothing I can do about those!

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5 Day Challenge: Day 3

Day 3 of Fly On Over‘s blog challenge.

11. Critique your horse’s conformation.

Conformation is not really my area of expertise, but here goes! (Photos taken about 4 years ago.)
The good: He is the cutest! Objectively: he has excellent bone and rather nice leg proportions, both front and back. His back end especially is rather nice. Good depth of barrel. Very expressive eyes and a kind look. Not built downhill, but just about even. Not over or under either front or back. He is ever so slightly cow hocked: just enough for smoother gaits but not enough to impact the joints. Excellent feet: big and tough.
The bad: Holy shoulder, Batman. It’s massive. And overall, his entire front end is disproportionate to his back: there is a lot of weight there, even if he’s not technically downhill. His heck is over-thick and his throatlatch is basically nonexistent, leading down to a poor tie-in of neck and chest. He has the Roman nose to end all Roman noses. His top half is generally out of balance with his bottom half: he has the build of a 16hh horse on pony legs. His head is several steps beyond ginormous.
Overall: he’s got a functional conformation, but he won’t win any prizes.

12. Horse’s favorite riding exercise.

Sleeping and/or eating. No, really. Oh, fine – hacking out for a short distance, perhaps 20 minutes or so, ideally with some undergrowth to crash through. Followed by a snack and a nap.

13. Favorite spa day products.

Cowboy Magic Shampoo & Conditioner, clippers, sunshine.

14. Three best things about your horse.

1. He’s genuinely adorable, with an avid, expressive face that charms absolutely everyone.
2. His brain. His default is to be chill and laid back and still. He puts up with an awful lot.
3. This past year notwithstanding, he is tough as nails about so many things: doesn’t need a blanket, never runs in turnout, will hack just about anywhere, and is overall a very easy keeper.

15. Favorite picture of your horse.