She's a green broke draft cross that has only had ground work done so far. She needs some topline muscle and does have a belly from eating a diet of pure grass and free choice hay. I want to train her for upper level dressage and jump up to 2'6 but I'm worried about her joints and ligaments since she's part draft. My trainer said if I buy her I won't know until she's in training if she really has what it takes. I plan to train her very slow so I don't stress her out. She's 15hh to 15.1hh and 6yrs old. The side pic makes her neck look huge but its not really that thick. Her back is short. When I eventually start jumping her I will be putting on front shoes to give her extra support. 000_1267.jpg
This is a basic level dressage horse not an upper level prospect. He is just not built correctly to be able to give you the lateral flexion needed to get past the basics. I can see this being a nice jumping pony however.
His shoulder is too steep and his build too downhill for upper level competitive dressage. You can train all the movements but you won't be winning if you trial him.
The worst conformed horse I ever owned I trained to a very high level (he was the horse I had). We never would have won anything, but it made him a sweet ride and every once in awhile I would be somewhere and do one tempe changes across a field because we could. Had a lot of fun with that horse.
Elana, I think the work it would take to get this guy to give you functionable renvers that would allow him to step into canter from walk and be able to give you correct changes would make even a pro weep. I would also worry about what his hocks would look like by the time That ^^^ was acheived. If he could come over the back and through easily as a natural dressage horse prospect can no worries but when going against the grain something's gotta give.*
* at least in my case. I know WAZ was able to take some Fuuuuugly wrecks and get them to FEI sound! But hey...WAZ. I need a horse who has at least the conformation that lends it'self towards dressage. Better trainer than I can do much more with less.
What is wrong with her hocks and why would it be hard for her to step into canter from walk or from renvers? I don't see how she's down hill other than her neck being a little thick. Thankyou for your responses
Here's another side pic that makes her look totally different. Do you think she can make it to 3rd level without needed operations or injections on her joints or a chiropractor? Also, she has slightly calfed knees so I'm reluctant to try jumping her. Has anyone ever owned or ridden a calf kneed horse over jumps?