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post #11 of 17 Old 12-16-2011, 03:58 PM
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I can see loads wrong with his conformation- so much so I'll send you Duffy with her pigeon toes to show you what a REAL dressage horse should look like..

nah, I'm kidding.

He has such a handsome face, and got that 'look at me' sort of thing... and thats from stills!!

I reckon he could do fairly well in jumping.. maybe its just me but his back is shorter, rather than too long, so could do well in it! My old horse had a looonggg back, and had to heave over any jumps. But your lad, oh my, he is stunning.

OH, and Kayty, unless you want me to curse Billy to make him 15.1HH he's mine
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post #12 of 17 Old 12-26-2011, 01:37 AM
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based on this photo only.

Longer back and overall body length, not ideal for the sport
horse as this encourages effective DOWNHILL *movement
which is generally not ideal for the english horse. Lean through
the hind and fore by the photo and certainly appears to be
lacking prime moving strength. There may be furhter flaws but I
am trying to stay positive.

Not one that perhaps an educated buyer would purchase solely
on type as shown in this image, but I would not write her/him
off as any good horseman knows that conformation is never

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Hmm. Long back. Short legs.
Definite Western type.
Should have great scope for speed and endurance.
Barrels or western pleasure best.
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-26-2011, 08:01 AM
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He looks unsound & needs to be retired. Send him to me. I'm maxed out at three horses, but I'll make room to 'rescue' him...and Arizona gets as warm as Australia!

"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-26-2011, 08:28 AM
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This reminds me. Years ago ,(so long ago it was on VHS) , Hilda Gurney did a video on confo analysison dressage confo and suitability and how dressage can benefit all types. It was a great video, I bought it to watch with students and Pony Clubbers. Towards the end of the video, Hilda brings out one more horse to critique and is pretty devastating in her comments. Then the camera goes wide so you get the total impression of this big, good looking chestnut horse and she says "This is Keen, so we know he managed pretty well with these flaws."

For those of you are too young to remember, Keen was an American TB and Hilda's '76, '80 and '84 Olympic mount. Underscores the point that when analyzing confo, you have to look at the overall picture of functionality, not just the flaws.

So while Rowan may have a few flaws, I know he "manages pretty well" with them.
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