Originally Posted by blackdieselpony
I do love him.... I had to make a difficult decison and give up on a horse that was too much for me even though confomationaly he was PERFECT and he moved like a dream. Had all the right moves except he was unpredictable (reared and kicked he in the face) and I traded him for Diesel. Best choice I've ever made. Diesel has his faults but he has been helping me regain trust with horses. Which to me makes him worth his weight in gold. Every day with him makes me remember why I started riding in the first place.
I'm going to agree with KSG here! The last picture with him under saddle makes him look much better. I can still see the faults I pointed out before, but it's not so obvious in this picture. He does look a little hip high compared to his withers but, as always, it can always just be the ground he is standing on. He does look heavy in the front end because the picture makes him look "downhill." His shoulder angle is probably what makes his natural collection and headset "upward" rather than level or downward.
He looks lot like a horse at my barn named Pita, who is also a paint that is built really funny! Pita is 16.1hh and very loooong with short legs. They almost have the same coat color and markings.
It was good on your part to go for the horse that suits you and your riding level better, even if the horse isn't the greatest looking horse. My first project was a big unregistered arabian/appaloosa cross that I instantly bonded with, and my trainer at the time begged me not to get him. There were so many registered purebreds I looked at but none of them felt like the right fit or I felt like they were too much horse for me. I had a low budget so most of them weren't trained well. I went with the ungregistered Araloosa and I still have him to this day. :) I showed 4-H and open Zone with him and did very well. He taught me almost everything I know. I've been through several other horses now, showing in breed level, and Sonny is now retired as a school horse. He and I relax on the trails a lot these days.
When it comes down to it, having the "right" horse makes him into the "best" horse even if other people don't see it. I'm glad you and Diesel have a good relationship. You and he will teach each other so much during the time you are together. Someday your level might rise higher than he can go, but it's not a negative thing. When you get to that point in your experience, you can look at him and smile knowing he's the one that got you there.