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post #11 of 14 Old 06-30-2013, 08:25 PM
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The vid is pretty deceiving. When I first saw him as I was getting a good ground look, he wasn't tracking up at all on either side. He does take a few rounds of the ring to warm up into it and then he strides properly, tracking up quite nicely actually. He's only been back in "training" a month or so from ponying so he is trying to build up that muscle strength again. He has a little more weight to catch up on and needs more muscle in his hindquarters but I think he'll get there.

He really was sweet and very willing. He was very responsive to leg, maybe too much yet as just a slight tightening of the calf muscle was enough to send him into a trot..or canter. For him right now pressure means go rather than bend or collect.
Yeah he seems like a really lovely horse, just I'd just make sure his feet were in good order.

I have a friend that is looking to sell her green Frisian mare in the MD/VA area. I'm not sure of her history but she's a very nice mare.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-01-2013, 08:07 PM
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This horse is so cute, but...

The green dressage rider does him no favors - she's concentrating on "keeping him round" and is giving him no real chance to stretch into the contact; therefore he just ducks behind. He doesn't track up and gives me the feeling of lateral stiffness. The canter is short-strided, and I sense something in the hind end or back is bothering him. I checked the seller's page and found that the vid posted was the first of 2, 1st made in May and 2nd made in June. There's little positive change in the way the horse is moving-if anything, he is shorter in the more recent one. I really wish he was being ridden by a more knowledgeable rider I'd like to see some lateral flexions and releases, leg yields. spirals in and leg yield out on a large circle, transitions within the gaits, and lots of REAL releasing of the mouth/head/neck throughout.

He looks so sweet and willing...Maybe he needs YOU to take him home and fix him
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-01-2013, 08:14 PM
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Retraining a horse who ducks behind contact is tough, but it can be done to a certain extent. thanks to TerciopeladoCabalo for this terrific video on correcting overflexion - its brilliant :)

Correcting the overflexion in the horse's neck - YouTube
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-01-2013, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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He may have been a strong possibility but his hind legs were a deal breaker..he really was nearly stepping in a straight line behind. And yes, his canter was very short in front but even that was interesting and I have to wonder of it ties into his avoiding the bit. They accidentally scheduled two of us at the same time and the other rider was looking for a jumper. When the same girl from the video put him over the test fence, his canter was hunter perfect in front and that boy had a LOT of jet power behind him after that jump. He landed and even more power kicked in. What I am guessing is that he needs a lot of long work for now, less concentration on collection to get him lengthening again and then slowly bring him back into the collected frame.

If I wasn't so interested in making fourth level+ he may have been under more serious consideration as he was very sweet. I always bring along "provisions", read carrots, for horses I try out. First as an introduction and then after the ride as an apology :). He not only kept begging for more but when I finally went to leave he started to try and follow me..I left the rest of the carrots for his dinner :). They really care about him and want him to go to a good home..that I could tell.
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