Mark That Card: Market Goats

Placing: 1-4-2-3
Cuts: 2-5-3

I like the Market Goats 1-4-2-3. Among the pair of elite, high-quality wethers, the more exotic, dark headed wether is simply the hardest to make. Not only is he round bodied and impressively expressive in terms of shape up high, but where that one truly separates himself from his contemporaries is in his ability to combine his power with an athletic build and easily the most striking silhouette from the side. He’s the taller, smoother shouldered wether that ties a longer neck in higher at the point of his shoulder. Now, the more conservatively marked 4 wether’s elite status comes from the fact that he’s just so hard to pick apart.  That’s an incredibly wide skeletoned, round bodied goat that’s actually bigger chested and stouter featured compared to the class winner.  It’s just unfortunate that he doesn’t come equipped with the extra bells and whistles that make the one that precedes him a standout.

4’s already established stoutness, muscularity and power is exactly what keeps him over 2 in the middle. It’s true, the red footed wether props up with a dynamic look from the profile, and he’s actually longer spined and smoother shouldered. However, against the goats that precede him, he’s just comparatively narrower constructed, flatter bodied wether that needs to be stouter out of his hip.

I still prefer the stouter skulled, bigger fore armed wether in the bottom, where he undoubtedly offers more shape out of the backside of his shoulder and more dimension through his lower stifle. Don’t get me wrong, the 3 wether doesn’t sort down due to a lack of quality and look. That one is one of the taller shouldered, more extended ones of this set. But with that comes a lack of true width and shape and amongst his elite contemporary group, he’s just pretty apparently the most fragile about his feature, the flattest bodied and narrowest constructed from the side.

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