I did my 4-H run about 10+ years ago. I'm passing the torch onto the next generation. I want to pass on my knowledge from my years in 4-H and the little knowledge I have from the National Championship Standardbred Horse Show. I just hoped that he would give this girl a chance for a couple ribbons. From riding him for 2 years, I realized he would not be a western pleasure horse or anywhere near it! I still think he would be a good hunter/jumper. One of his favorite things to do while free lunging is going over a knee-high straight rail. He will actually do it himself if I'm standing on the fence talking with the others at the farm.
The rail is knee high on a 5'6" person. The top of the posts are about waist height maybe a bit taller.
I rescued Sir Galahad because I felt bad for him. He's the exact opposite of what I wanted when I was looking to buy a horse again but I fell in love with him and felt so bad for him. In 2 years, he's gone from spooky and needing a tie-down to almost bomb proof and relaxed on a loose rein with a plain snaffle. Next thing we're working on is rounding and bending to help build up his top line (still doesn't like keeping his head down but he at least tries to round himself). He lunges on a loose line, trail rides through anything including swamps and even under fallen trees (well those that are well supported by other trees and leave enough head room for a rider). We've had hunters shoot behind us, he doesn't flinch. The farm owner's kid rides ATV's and motorcycles around the property which doesn't interest Sir Galahad nor does the backhoe, chain saws, or falling trees. I actually have videos of a friend standing next to my horse while he's snoozing as a backhoe and chainsaws are running maybe 20-30 feet from him. His favorite activity is trail riding and kicking around his 40" ball in the ring.
His trot is deceiving... It's BIG very hard to sit and requires a lot of leg muscle to not bounce on him. The canter is fun!!! Big and bold but smooth. If he goes too fast, it can be hard to move with because of the combination of speed and how huge his movement is.
This horse is good from the girth forward. He is a little light in bone and light in forearm and in the last photo I want to do something with his feet.. he appears a bit slipper footed. I like his shoulder and I suspect is large movement comes from freedom in that area.
The back end is another story. He is long backed and his point of rump is too far back so his back is too long as a result. His hock is too hign and he is sickle hocked to the point where in the photo with the barn behind him (he is facing to the right) he appears to be developing a curb! His hocks are a bit small and I expect this horse will develop spavin at some point if he is really used. Spavins are not the end of the world.. but are common on horses with this hind leg confOrmation.
Here is a horse that needs to have his whole pelvis forward from where his genes put it. He needs a lower stifle and a lower hock and then he would not be sickled.
He works on his forehand, which is a result of his long back. He jumps as I would expect him to.. he has too shallow an angle btween the point of shoulder and the point of elbow.
I do like his coloring. I like his attitude. That last can make up for all the flaws I mention above.