Originally Posted by maura
The second pic is nice. Lots of length in that trot, some overtrack, looks like he's on the aids and working happily.
The walk photo shows something different; not much stepping under at all.
Why on earth is he wearing a running martingale in the third shot.
If he's willing and happy doing the work, I'd say second level easily.
Without a good conformation shot, it's hard to evaluate his hind end. In some of the photos he looks a little short from the croup to the point of hip; he may lack the engine to do upper level work, but honestly, that's a guess.
When you say how far can he go, there are really three questions implied:
How far can he go schooling the movements of a level? Probably as far as you want.
How far can he go and be competive?
How far can he go competing at a level and stay sound doing it?
I would see how well he tolerates the introduction of collection at second level; and make an evaluation then. He also looks like he could benefit from a lot of Training and 1st level work to put more muscle on his topline. It's amazing what a dedicated rider, riding consistenly and correctly, can do to develp musclature on a horse.
i took him to a dressage clinic and the woman said he overtracks by a hoof and a half.
Because when he doesnt wear one his heads straight up in the air and when he gets excited he throws his head up and tanks off.
At this moment in time he's lacking muscle in his hind end becuase he's been off hard work for a while but once he gets back fit and ready he should hopefully be muscled up. Before he was off work he had a mucsly quarters.
Yeah I've been working on his topline but once he's in top shape something happens and he's out of work. For example start of the year he was eventing fit and then he got near fatal colic.
Thanks for your comments anyway:)