The 5 Day Challenge – Day 3

The 5 Day Challenge – Day 3

More  Tracy 5 day challenge fun!

11. Critique your horse’s conformation

This one is hard, because I am not a conformation expert.


I think he’s pretty well put together? He definitely has a high/long wither and a long, flat back.  Hind end is on the weak side.  His shoulder angle could probably be a little bit better?  Honestly I don’t know.  I’d love for any of you conformation buffs to offer your feedback in the comments!

12. Horse’s favorite riding exercise

Simon loves to jump. Loves it.  Beyond that, we both enjoy exercises where there are lots of tight turns and rollbacks.  Favorite jumping exercises include jumps on a circle and doing a rollback to another rollback.  The more technical it is, the happier we are.

13. Favorite spa day products

I like Sore No More Gelotion as well as Absorbine liniment.  For a hot summer day, I love a Vetrolin liniment bath.


14. Three best things about your horse

He is relatively spook free (as soon as this is published, he’ll spook and dump me off).  He loves to jump and I know that if I line him up he will go over the fence or me.  He is a trier, and will go and go and go and rack his little brain to figure out what it is that I want.  Genuinely, he wants to be a good horse and do what we ask of him.  I couldn’t ask for a better work ethic!

15. Favorite picture of your horse

For some reason I really like this one.  I have no idea why though!

E1316RC2-Rio Vista Centex II

10 thoughts on “The 5 Day Challenge – Day 3

  1. Mmm – I can smell the vetrolin bath! Best horse product smell…well, maybe a close second to the shiny face goop I use for shows… 🙂

    I am bad at conformation, so won’t comment!!!

  2. I think he has a rather nice shoulder! It could probably be a little bit more sloped, but it’s not too straight and he has a nice upright humerus which means he can fold the front end nicely over jumps. I don’t think his back is too long either. He’s got a nice short loin that’s close coupled, which I really like. He’s a little bit downhill/front heavy, his neck is tied in low to his chest so he’s probably a bit heavy on the forehand, but he has a nice neck overall. His hind end is probably his weakest point. Overall though, he’s quite handsome 🙂

  3. That is a wonderful photo of you guys! Simon’s expression is wonderful.

    As for his conformation I am no expert for sure. I think his legs look nice and straight with good angles. He does seem a little lighter in the hind end compared to the front, maybe. And I can’t tell about his shoulder/neck area. His neck is maybe just a little short? Pretty much consider all my comments as half questions. I really enjoy studying conformation but I have no confidence in my eye yet.

  4. I’m enjoying this new challenge, learning more things about you and Simon! ( :

    I was on the Equine Judging Team at NCSU, so I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t remember much about judging conformation. 🙁 But I think Simon has a nice shoulder and nice straight legs. His hind end is a little lacking, but then again I judged mostly QHs, and TBs are so different. And I like a lot of junk in the trunk. ( ; He has a nice, proportional head in my opinion, and a kind eye. (That conformation pic is not a good one of his eye, but I know he has kind eyes from other pics you’ve shared.)

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