This is the gelding we are half leasing to evaluate as a prospect for buying. He is 13 to 14 years old. He was not worked for at least 6 months and we have been half leasing him for the last month. I would like thoughts on his conformation, movement and attitude. My daughter is looking for a mount to use for 4-h.
The horse is OK (based on these pretty bad photos). He is a bit long through the coupling and he is bow legged behind (from behind) and camped under behind. He is quite bench kneed. From his shoulder angle he might jump nicely but a lot of jumping might give him splints.
From the videos he is not terribly trained and it is hard to tell how he moves with this rider.. He runs into the canter from the trot as opposed to picking up the canter smoothly when asked. A seasoned school horse (which is best for a beginner rider which I assume this is in the videos) will do this in psite of the rider.. and a beginner ought be on such a horse so they can feel it.
I may be flamed for this but I never ever ever EVER hit a horse on the shoulder. IMO the only time a stick should be used is to encourage forward movement and to reinforce leg cues. This means the sick is ONLY used behind the girth.
I like this horse and the fact that his rider seems happy up there on him. Both need lots more schooling... and that should not happen with this rider on this horse. JMO.