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  • Dressage horse neck at withers too low
  • When a horse doesn't want to neck rein to the left

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    02-26-2013, 03:32 PM
So I have this video for you guys, it is the best af 3, I can try and add the other good one if you need more

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    02-26-2013, 05:43 PM
I can't tell how sound he is but conformationally, the only faults I see are his front pasterns being angled to far forward, his shoulder is very straight which means he might not have a huge stride and his heels look a little low like he should have shoes on but that could just be the picture. His neck is thin but its not ehw-necked and his topline is straight not hollow backed like an older horse or a horse with poor training. I think his best feature is his hind quarters. In every picture they look very muscular. He also doesn't have a hay belly (pot belly) which is good. He doesn't have a long heavy neck which is good or a long body which is also good since having a shorter back is better for dressage. When your training him to except the bit be careful not to let him "assume the postion" and become too heavy in your hands. Training over ground poles on a slightly long rein (but still having contact with his mouth) to get him to lift his back (stretch down) and pick up his feet is great introductory work. It will give you a chance to see what it feels like when he's lifting his back muscles. Leg-yeilding is also a good test to see how well he's responding to lateral aids.
    02-26-2013, 06:06 PM
I just watched the video and Im not an expert in horse anatomy but his gaits look fine to me. I didn't see him drag any of his feet when you brought him back down to a walk either. His stifle joint was reaching forward decently also. The only odd thing I noticed was an indent where his neck meets his withers. Like maybe his neck is set low on his body. With proper training I think he will have no problem going up to first level and scoring well in first level.
    02-26-2013, 08:16 PM
Originally Posted by tbcrazy    
I'd like to see him less behind the vertical :)
I was thinking that as well. He shows good flexion in his neck ;)
He maybe a training challenge to overcome the BTV..

Conformationally, for low level dressage, most horses can do it. TB's are really good at low level dressage and eventing. Can't see really anything about his conformation from these pics, but for low levels, I'm sure he's fine.
    02-27-2013, 01:36 AM
With good work, he can make it to 2nd level.

Although he has a nice large hip, the length ratios of the hind bones aren't ideal so sitting on his haunches would be difficult, I.e. Collection. His weak loin makes this even more of a problem.
    02-27-2013, 02:25 AM
Thank You all of you for all the feedback and thanks for being so honest
He is slowly gaining some weight and I have been offered a huge paddock with waist high grass for him to roam on for a couple of months for free.
I think if I left him out there for awhile he would fatten up and blossom.

his heels look a little low like he should have shoes on but that could just be the picture.
Yeah he has been without shoes for about 12 months and has just gotten some on 4 weeks ago.

Thanks once again for all feedback.
    03-21-2013, 06:27 PM
Thanks for all the feedback, I have just started riding him again, due to him having a stone bruise and I have just had the chiropractor out to see him and he has loosened up heaps since that, I have been working on transitions, going from walk to trot than trot to walk, I am planning on seeing how balanced his canter is this afternoon as I am planning on taking him to a little show on Easterner Monday, so fingers crossed he goes well.
P.s It will be his first show
    03-21-2013, 07:03 PM
I like him. As long as you are careful to keep him relaxed over his back like his is on the longe when under saddle, he should develop into a nice dressage horse. Looks like a very nice trot somewhere in there.

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