I was surprised at the evaluation of the three quarter horse geldings on page 27 of the November 2011 issue.
Gelding A was picked as the best conformationally, but no mention was made of what appears to be his post-legged hind legs. His conditioning and muscling seems poor for a quarter horse of this age.
Gelding B would have been my pick for the best quarter horse specimen. He is well muscled and looks nicely proportional to me. Dr. Don Topliff was concerned that the gelding had a little too much angle in his hocks, but it may simply be the way he is standing. Even so, I prefer this to the post-legged Gelding A. Dr. Topliff is not happy with the thickness of this horse's throatlatch, but I doubt that it would interfere with his being able to bend at the poll and collect.
Gelding C would have my lowest rating; Dr. Topliff rated him there, as well. What I see, however, is somewhat different than what Dr. Topliff sees. I'm more concerned about the uprightness of his pasterns than most of the other considerations that Dr. Topliff finds lacking. (The shortness of his croup bothers me, too, however.) I'm not impressed with his topline and his neck is very straight without much refinement. The prominence of his withers almost makes him look ewe-necked, but he probably isn't. He does have a cute little head.