Thank you. I'm glad you guys like him.
I do put a big emphasis on flat work. Already he has very good lateral work, and seeing as he is only three there is lots of time for flat. One thing I'd be super conscious about doing is getting proper changes on him, not those half change, scramble around the corner, trot a step, then fix it kind of changes that I seem to see everywhere. I also like to do the exercise where you have two canter poles set up and you see how many different strides you can get in it. I have both a hunter coach and a dressage coach to work with.
What makes him look like an eventer? I do think he'd be good at it, he is fearless and doesn't spook at anything. I don't think I could do anything beyond 2'3" that has solid fences and ditches. Plus my coach doesn't like cross country. The closest I'll get to a cross country course will be a Derby.
That oxer is 3'3". He hadn't free jumped before that so this is his complete raw talent. That makes me think that he could do Well in the 3'-3'3" jumpers since he should be able to take the inside turns and cut strides that a bigger horse might not be able to. I would be bringing him up through the hunters first, though. He must graduate.
That photo of me on him was just to show how I looked on him, not as a reflection on him. It's one of the only pictures I have of us both. He does look terrible in it. I could try a different picture but I don't know how to edit my OP!
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