Drafty, would the long cannons and long straight gaskins hinder his riding career later on? I'm trying to learn more about conformation. He isn't going to be competing heavily, but I do want to take him to rodeos when he gets older and some of the reining things going on in my hometown that aren't extremely competitive. I don't like trail riding too much, and am really only comfortable in an arena. I enjoy schooling work. I was thinking of doing something english. I would love to do dressage, not competitively of course, that takes trainers and money, lol. He's just going to be my life partner, we'll do a little bit of everything and then he'll teach my kids to ride
Anything long is going to be weaker. It's just a fact of nature. It may not affect his performance and soundness starting out, but if you aren't careful, you can end up with some soundness issues down the road. Knowing that he has long cannons and gaskins can help you keep an eye on his soundness.
I would think that having longer cannons and gaskins would be a detriment for reining because it would be harder for him to get all that length up under him to do sliding stops effectively.
I honestly don't see much dressage suitability in him...at least not for competing. Any horse, regardless of their conformation, can benefit from the basics of dressage training, though.
Okay, I definitely don't plan on competing in reining or dressage. The little reining show in my home town is kind of a joke, just for fun. But every horse benefits from dressage and reining training. Thanks, now I know what to watch out for!
I really hateee to bring up an old thread, I just had to post!
Tim, your boy is a nice little guy. :) The pictures are from when he's young, I'm guessing. His back end is soo much higher than his front. He's probably already growing into those legs of his.
I have his older 1/2 brother. Ima Rowdy Robin Breez throws some big, compact foals with some dang good minds on them. Nice to see one of his other foals! (I haven't gotten to see ANY other babies from Rowdy except the ones that were on the ground at the farm, 10 years ago!)
Also, at 2 years old and still waiting for the other testicle to drop = it may not, in which case you'll need some surgery to retrieve it. Or you can just blow real hard into his nose (yeah... no! LOL)