Wow! It's been two days and four pages already. Sorry I totally abandoned this thread, guys. I got SO busy all of a sudden.
Okay, let's see if I can catch up...
I've only skimmed the first page, so I could try and stay unbiased, so now what I type will be as I read.
(*Just as a note, this isn't to improve myself at dressage [username -> NOhorse! lol] but just how to tell false from true/classical at any level. :) )
The (first) picture faye posted:
I see on the forehand, perhaps a bit behind the vertical (but that might just be the angle), poll may not be the highest point (?), and the rider is a bit chair-seated. I would also say the horse's hindquarters don't lend themselves to dressage easily, either.
If I saw a lot of photos of that horse/rider, and in all of them, the reins were hanging down and the horse's head was tucked in with slack in the rein, I'd be concerned the horse was 'set' in that position.
'Set'? I thought a horse keeping the head position with the reins loose meant a) the rider isn't pulling the head back forcibly, so therefore, b) the horse is doing it voluntarily.
faye- What's the reason for the saddle not having knee rolls? I don't know if I like it or not.
Second faye picture- Oooh! Okay, what I see: Nice upward neck/poll is the highest; good reach with the forelegs/the point of the hoof is roughly equal to the muzzle;...pretty dappling! Actually, now that I pick at the picture, and while it's definitely better that the previous picture, it doesn't scream dressage (but, of course, it's only novice/1st level). But still a nice horse/rider combo.
+ I didn't notice the parts tinyliny pointed out. :(
+ I would guess the horse's size to be 14.3? || Aw, 14?! Cute.
+ slc- Parallelograms! V's! I love having references like that.
+ faye- I just noticed you don't have a saddle pad. Is that an English thing in general or a just a show saddle thing?
faye- Rubi is beautiful! She definitely looks like if she were of a more refined build, she would be great at dressage.
I'll go look for some pictures and videos.