I plan on getting some dressage lessons to improve my skill, but eventually I would like to use one of my own horses. Moe is a 7 almost 8 year old Pony of the Americas gelding. He went over size so he only has tentative papers for the POAC; he is about 15 hands high. He is a very extroverted horse, and bores easily but loves to do new things. I haven't really honed into any certain discipline quite yet, but I think dressage would be a step in the right direction. We had a few setbacks in training otherwise he would be farther by now, as he was started [under saddle] as a 3 year old. But I think now our 'problem horse' is ready to move forward.
So what do you think of his overall conformation? Can his body hold up to do lower-level dressage? He has wonderful gaits and I've begun working on cantering him. (He is very surefooted, and has a comfortable walk and trot, but come canter time he runs like a bat out of hell. He has lots of fun and has a nice canter, just haven't cantered him enough to work on slowing down.) Also, can horses with 'lots of personality' do well in dressage? I find if you don't think faster than him, he will start thinking evil thoughts. He also has lots of stamina, and can trot for days.
A few disclaimers for the pictures; the first one he has his winter fuzzies, and he also gets pretty fat in winter. (His back-cinch just barely fits in winter.) The third picture was the first [and only] horse show I've participated in. And a note on the bit, I only rode him in that before the show and during the show, I put him back in a snaffle afterwards. All the pictures aside from the first one are just for fun, I don't expect any to find them helpful, he's just pretty so I like to post pictures of him.
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