So I have a brown SPB yearling I wanna know if you think he shows any Dressage potential. What does he have that would help him? Hinder him? I'm trying to find a basic idea of his potential so this will be in a few other threads. Please be serious and thanks! These pics are him when he was about 6-8 months old. I don't have any of him moving but I will get some ASAP!!
As a yearling it is hard to twll :)..he stil has some growing to do. Right now, at least in these pics, he is built "downhill" in that his croup is higher than his withers. A good dressage horse has an uphill build which helos to stay light in the forehand and engage from behind. He has a nice angle to his shoulder and his legs look straight though he may slightly sickle hocked, or, it could just be the way he is standing. The better leg conformation is to be able to take an imaginary line from the point of the buttock and be able to drop it straight down along the lower cannon. While this might make the thrust from behind a little easier, the stress of dressage could end up causing stress on the bag legs and eventual lameness issues. Again, this could just be the way he is standing.
He has a nice short back, good heart girth and from what I can see a nice neck and probably nice wide throatlatch area.
I would say that athletically he probably has some potential but again, how he grows may affect that...just have to wait and see.
He is a beautiful boy; I am especially partial to Dark Bays..He has a nice face and kind eye..looks like he can be mischevious though :)
Well I'm trying not to be biased but in both the pictures you can see his hocks he is posed at a funny angle and in the bottom picture I'm not sure if you can tell but his front feet are a little close together, so I'm going to argue a little about that.
At this time he was around 6 months old and he rear legs were a little longer than his front legs. I'll have to get some newer pictures that people can see but thank you for your thoughts.
I don't know about dressage for him. To me, he looks like a pleasure horse. He looks like he's a slower mover and I don't know if he's posses enough cadence in his gaits to make him a competitive dressage horse. I think he'd do much better in western pleasure, trail, horsemanship, etc.
But, at this age, who knows what he could turn into. How's he bred?
Dressage potential is based on movement - that said better confirmation generally means better movement BUT I've seen downhill horses that do well in dressage because of proper training and great temperment/ attitude.
Take picture of horse moving at walk, trot and canter. If horse doesn't track up - zero potential. Tracking up is OK, over tracking is great.
Does horse look like he's climbing stairs when trotting? Great potential. Or does trot look like he's rolling a peanut - very unlikely he's not suitable for dressage. Same thing for Canter - you want to see the hind legs reaching to middle point under the belly - using the hind legs effectively is a good sign of dressage potential.
You know I really want to thank Valentina! Out of all the thread's I've made in my search for opinions you're post is my favorite. Thank you for the thoughts and I really need some more recent pictures these are around 5-7 months old. I will TRY to get some of him in motion and you guys can help me a little better than. He's a Paint bred for Halter and/or Western Pleasure but that's not really what I'm SUPER big about.