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? Just curious,
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?
As for the second two, 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 consistently and correctly, can do to develp musclature on a horse.
TBs or TB types are not really welll built or designed for collected work. There are, of course, wonderful exceptions, but usually they are developed through a careful training regimen. It just doesn't come as easy to them as to warmbloods.
Last edited by maura; 12-18-2009 at 05:02 PM.