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    09-02-2012, 10:21 AM
Originally Posted by Elana    
He has a very correct shoulder and a rather high neck set common to the breed. His back is straight but his point of croup is a bit behind his LS joint.. making his coupling a bit rough. Fact is, he almost looks like a "hunter's bump" but I suspect it is not. His croup is short and steep. He is straight thru the stifle and hock and he is sickle hocked. His hind end is a Draft horse issue.. as there are breeders who breed for this thinking (erroneously) it will give the horse more power when pulling.

These horses, if they do not gait (and most in this breed do gait)can be super dressaage horses. This one could go quite aways up.. but I think his over straight hind leg would stop him from being the best mover at the highest levels. Even if he gaited, I would go for it because it would help him to stay sound in his elder years. Fresians are good horses.
I have never heard of a gaited friesian and couldn't find anything about that on the web. If you are correct about them being gaited could you provide some photos or video?
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    09-02-2012, 11:22 AM
I haven't heard of a gaited friesian either. I thought they did walk/trot/canter/gallop like every other horse.

I made the half TB cross comment because in the second pic, the horse resembled the big barrel and deep chest of a TB, was slender and had the long legs.

I'm not sure if he is purebred or a cross. Not sure if this would make him any faster than the normal friesian or friesian sport horse cross.

He would probably be good at the traditional things like lower level dressage or general trail and pleasure riding. Whatever he likes, really.
    09-02-2012, 11:54 AM
I think it's nice that you are thinking of training him for things he likes, like tricks to get attention. Very sweet of you! He is certainly eye catching and if he can do fun things he will get the attention and adoration he craves. I did notice his hock is very large and knobby, is this the injury you speak of? Surprised no one else has mentioned it. Conformation wise, he is a little drafty in the rear and i'd like to see more muscle on his topline, he's a little hollow behind the wither and his loin connection would be helped with more muscle. Ground exercises like tummy lifts with the manure fork are great for the loin area. Hill work would be good for his front end and of course collected work in the ring. All over he's a beautiful boy and in good condition!
    09-02-2012, 01:59 PM
Thanks! He actually was off work for about 3 months when this picture was taken, normally he is more muscular. The chiropractor actually was telling me to work on getting him to life his back by poking his stomach and its really helping him! Yes the hock is what his injury was. My trainers mother owned him until he was 4 and then sold him to buy a truck. He had three owners in between, one let him sit in a stall for years doing nothing, another (who is big into baroque horses and he was her star horse) used him a LOT and then suddenly put him out to pasture for two years and wont tell anyone way. When my trainer called her asking about him, she said "wow! He isnt lame any more!!?!" The last owner didnt care what so ever if he was ok, she had extremely heavy shoes on to make him life his feet, he ended up some how having a reaction to something, lost all his mane a lots of his tale, yeah... the girl only cared about winning in the dressae ring. He has had an interesting life. His hock has a bone chip be we are 99% sure he also had a bad injury (when he was put to pasture) that was never treated and he still thinks it hurt to move right, but we had it checked and its ok. The chiropractor is working with us so he starts moving normal again.

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