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post #1 of 10 Old 06-13-2014, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage prospect?

I have a now 10 year old saddlebred gelding. 17hh and very leggy. I really want to start training in dressage. He hasn't had any professional training but he has a natural frame and collects nicely on a loose reign. He side passes nicely as well. Responds better to leg and voice commands. He practically floats in all of his gaits. Very graceful and attentive. His only fault is that he is a little spooky. Here is a video and a picture of him. Tell me what you guys think :)

KINDLE_CAMERA_1401966208000_zps7557e210.jpg Photo by saddleseatrider99 | Photobucket

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-13-2014, 05:27 PM
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the video link is not to YOUR video. Can you check on that?
The photo is not good to make a real accurate judgement on, since its from an odd angle in poor lighting. However, one can see that he has a very long back, and some mongo withers. For dressage, a horse that can step well underhimself is the ideal. But, we use what we have and any kind of dressage work done correctly will help the hrose develop better muscling and balance.
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What do you mean it's not to my video? Just curious :)
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I mean it does not take me to where I see a video of your horse. It takes me to a more generic Youtube location, and each time it's a different video, that they choose.

Is it me, or does this happen to others, too?
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I was able to figure out the link to the video from the one provided (which didn't work properly for me either)


I can't really tell much from either the photo or the video, unfortunately.

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thanks, Verona. I never claimed to be technologically adept.

That horse is cute, and he looks like he might be gaited.
As for dressage, well, any horse can do dressage. His movement is more like a really nice carriage horse, though. I mean, his back is very stiff. His movement is all in the legs. There is very little "swing" in his back.
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I got the same thing with the first link
Thanks for finding the video Verona
It didn't help a lot though but from what I could see he would have to work very hard to be competitive dressage horse and even then wouldn't be a great one - but schooling dressage will help him develop more muscle to improve the topline and make him a nicer horse to ride. I get the impression that his usual style is a lot of high knee action and a high neck carriage so that would all have to be changed
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I see a beautiful horse. However, even with his active trot, his hind feet do not look at though they are reaching the footsteps of the front feet.

When you start schooling, you will have to spend a lot of time getting him to stretch out and lower, to encourage him to raise his back. He has very powerful shoulders, so it's easy for him to go high in front.

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Sorry mate, he's not a competitive Dressage prospect.
There is a difference between a horse that can train dressage, and a horse that is a Dressage prospect.
Your horse has a very long back with no natural swing. He steps short behind and has straight movement through his hind legs. He will struggle with collection and to force the issue would be detrimental to his well being.
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Thank you for all your responses and advice. I'm really not interested in being a competitive dressage rider just a few small shows every once in a while. I think my main focus is going to be saddleseat for right now but would like to do some dressage and huntseat in the future. My only problem right now is fitting a saddle to his oddly shaped back and huge withers haha I will have to get him fitted since I've no experience in saddle fitting but, again, thanks for all of your responses (and for finding the video) :)
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