Originally Posted by Elana
He is very green and very on his forehand. He needs a LOT more foundation work. Notice his up transition from trot to canter is nice but his down transitions are rough and include head shaking.. he is unbalanced and that much on his forehand. He is just stepping over those jumps and is not ready for jumping at all. Just because he will and can does not mean he has enough training and should....
He is built down hill and has a slightly long back (look at the space behind the saddle) but seems to have a decently open shoulder. He will probably jump fairly flat and be a nice AQHA hunter or equitation horse.
He is really very pretty but needs a lot more training and foundation and it will take longer to lay it due to his down hill build (putting him on the forehand) and his longish back.
He is a very nice horse.. really. I am pointing out his faults so you know what you are in for.. probably a good year of foundation and training him to get his weight off his forehand before more jumping. Price seems a bit high considering this market.
Thank you very much for the critique! I am fairly certain of my ability to work with him with his build and foundation work, I helped train a 6 year old green gelding with the WORST downhill build I'd ever seen. He was frightening at times -shudder- After that they tried to sell me him . . . Nope!
I don't even know if this is going to work since the owner isn't answering! I've called SIX times, on two separate numbers, in the past two days. UGH. I'm a little aggravated at that.
If I spot a horse at the Camelot Horse Weekly tomorrow, I might just jump on getting it. Although there is one old man I keep looking at that's still available, lol!