Does this green horse have what it take to go to first level?

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Does this green horse have what it take to go to first level?

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    11-02-2013, 01:56 PM
Does this green horse have what it take to go to first level?

What about as a combined training horse where the dressage scores aren't taken so seriously. Low level jumper? I realize she's a tiny bit over at the knee and her shoulder angle is kind of steep. She is 15.3
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    11-02-2013, 07:43 PM
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Why couldn't she go higher than first?
    11-03-2013, 06:18 PM
Ah, but dressage scores are taken very seriously these days in eventing, considering that its 1/3 of the total score and if you go double-clear in XC and Stadium, your dressage score decides your placing.

Every sound horse can do 1st level, and 2L with a reasonably competent rider. 1L is nothing more than working W-T-C with some leg yielding and lengthenings.

She is the nicest horse you've posted so far.
    11-03-2013, 10:07 PM
Totally. Or higher than 1L if you wanted.
    11-03-2013, 10:52 PM
I really like her build for your goals.
    11-04-2013, 11:12 AM
Pretty much anything can do basic level.
I would be interested in seeing a video. Confo isn't everything. Sure, it darn well helps, but Hickstead had horrific confo.. but he had the heart ;)
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    11-04-2013, 02:02 PM
Hickstead had great confo!! His breeding however did not scream world beater. He is just a freak of nature.

Nothing that's built poorly could withstand the schedule that Eric kept Hickstead on. Or survive a GP course and stay sound.
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    11-05-2013, 03:40 AM
I was always lead to believe he had darn awful confo. I am no expert, but it was one of those random anomalies that just worked.

He was also refused as a stud by KWPN, and only accepted by the Holstein.. which is known for accepting pretty much anything.
    11-09-2013, 11:08 AM
If you ride him right he can go as high as you train him to

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