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Lumbosacral gap – The LS is difficult to assess on this horse due to his flatter croup, but, it appears to be near the

outer limits for


athleticism. A program for strengthening the abs will not hurt him.

Stifle placement – The stifle protrusion is located at the bottom of the sheath (not considering the enlarged testicle), which is a dressage
trait. This stifle placement makes collection easier without unduly limiting stride length. In addition, he toes out behind, leading me to
believe that his stifles point out and his range of motion will not be impeded.

Rear triangle – His rear triangle shows that it is nearly equilateral, which is a jumper trait. However, the distance from point of buttock to
stifle protrusion is slightly shorter, which adds stress to the hind leg from hock down. Some of the photos show some edema (puffiness) in
the hock, which I would have a vet check before purchasing him.

Pillar of support – The line depicting the pillar of support emerges well in front of the withers for lightness of the forehand. However, it
bisects the humerus nearest the elbow, which adds a bit more weight to the forehand – more horse out in front of the pillar.

Unfortunately, the line emerges behind the hoof, which is a factor for unsoundness, as it adds stress to the suspensory apparatus of the
foreleg. The lighter the horse is on the forehand, the longer he will last before the pillar emerging behind the heel becomes an issue. One of
the photos shows changes to the right fetlock. Again, this is something I would have a vet check.

Humerus – The length of the humerus matches the length of stride created by the stifle placement, but the rise from elbow to point of
shoulder is not very steep, which adds weight to the forehand.

Elbow – He appears to have sufficient room behind the right elbow, but has developed the muscle on the left side that indicates tightness of
the elbow on that side. If he is one-sided, this is likely a contributing factor.

Base of neck – The base of the neck could be further above the point of shoulder for more lightness of the forehand, especially since the
point of shoulder is not particularly high. As a result, he tends to want to lower his head and neck rather than remain light in the hands due
to self-carriage.

Overall impression – He appears to be basically kind, but, due to some heaviness of the forehand and the bottom of his pillar, he may be a
bit of work to ride well – deep seat, lifting of his forehand without letting him lean on your hands, etc. Certainly, if the price warrants, I
would be having his hocks and fetlocks checked and likely x-rayed.