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post #11 of 15 Old 10-28-2013, 11:47 PM
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WOW! Lovely! He certainly grew out of the awkward 2 year old phase. In looking back at the image that made his neck look short, I wonder if his head wasn't turned slightly, which made it look short.... I wouldn't call it short now! Nice big boy!
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-28-2013, 11:49 PM
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looking better than first photos.
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post #13 of 15 Old 10-30-2013, 11:39 AM
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When were the first photos taken? How old is he in the last photo?

His shoulder lays back nicely and his neck is set high, which can be an advantage in dressage.. and a disadvantage as sometimes the horse appears collected when he is not and is just arching his neck.

His cannons in front are correct length. I would like his hind cannons to be shorter and he lacks angulation behind which will hurt him when he tries to collect. His coupling is long and weak and he is slightly down hill. His front legs are set forward a bit (at the top.

What will be a challenge with this horse is getting him to reach under himself behind and have impulsion after attaining suppleness. His build will allow false collection and his hind legs to trail out behind as opposed to using his ring of muscles and getting impulsion. He will be difficult to train in dressage for this reason.. and false collection is something you will need to guard against for as long as you ride this horse.
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post #14 of 15 Old 11-02-2013, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks again guys.
I should say that I am not looking to do any serious competition on him, maybe just a couple of local shows a year. He will mainly be for pleasure and trails.

I haven't asked the breeder when the first photos were taken, but the second was only taken last week (he was 2 at the the start of September).

Is there anything people can see that you would make you run the other direction? The most important thing to me is that he remain sound through his life

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post #15 of 15 Old 11-02-2013, 02:17 AM
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He is a VERY typical young friesian - expect him to go through some absolutely HIDEOUS stages!
The neck set is completely normal for the breed, they are 'cart horses' - they are bred for that high neck set which as Elana said can be an advantage, or very much a disadvantage depending on how well you ride.
They are notorious for being leg movers with a back like a jackhammer. I wouldn't buy him for Dressage unless you are already quite an accomplished rider and have a good understanding and feel of producing a swinging back. Friesians are the next level of difficult for getting a back.

As for being downhill, I would be interested to see what he looks like in a couple of years. I have known a couple of friesians from weanlings, and all of them have appeared really quite downhill until after 3 years old. They also looked to have a terrible shoulder until they grew into their oversized bones and angles.

Elana pointed out the hind legs, they're not great. Do you have any video of him moving. It would be interesting to see how he moves behind.

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