I am the first person to admit that I’m a bit of a conformation idiot. I can tell if a horse is shaped like a donkey (and is in fact, a horse… not a donkey) but that’s about as far as it goes.
So when I looked at these two comparison pictures, I was kind of like “WAH HE LOOKS THE SAME. No proof of hard work.”
Therefore, I whined to Jen.
Jen is not a conformation idiot, and said she saw a lot of differences in Simon. Stronger hind end, stronger top line, stronger abdomen, neck built with more muscles on top instead of underneath. That made me feel better, and I stopped whining.
Even if I am a conformation idiot, I do think he’s looking fabulous. He’s almost unrecognizable from when I first got him last summer.
For next year, I’d like to see his hind end and topline continue to grow. He has some sunken in areas on either side of his giant withers. Hopefully a new (better fitting) saddle in 2014 will allow those areas to fill out better. Also, I’d like to see him with a smidge more weight. He’s probably a bit heavier than your typical eventer, but still lighter than the hunters. I’m not sure if it’s the winter or just him being a bit of a hard keeper, but you can see a few ribs on him in person… not necessarily in the photos.
These pictures just show me (as everything else has recently) that our program is doing good things for him. Now just to keep a happy, sound horse for the next year!