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post #1 of 8 Old 08-24-2013, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Meet Andy, everyone! He's a rising 11 y/o Thoroughbred gelding, and also my first horse. He had eight starts on the racetrack, but didn't place in any of them, so he flunked out. Thoughts on his conformation? I'd like to do a little bit of everything with him, especially low-level dressage and jumping.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-24-2013, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Also a short video of Andy doing some schooling.

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Overall a really nice looking fellow. I like his balance. Good length of neck, back, coupling and croup all strong and harmonious. A nice shoulder, hind legs look a bit too straight, but partly how he is leaning forward in that photo. Front legs look clean with nice length and slope to pasterns. Neck is a good length, but ties in a tiny bit low. Overall a very nice horse and should be well capable of your future goals.

In the video he is not using himself much at all. He is not showing any reach through the hind end (barely even reaching his front print with his hind one). I would like to see him looser in his headset and encouraged to be more forward with more reach.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-24-2013, 10:37 AM
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Overall, he is very well-balanced and uphill - the nicest horse I've seen here in a long time I love his bone, nice legs and good-size feet, nice long neck w/good attachment. Large but slightly steep shoulder . Big withers but not terrible, with a great back and strong well-built hind. He should be able to do anything you point him toward.

Beautiful boy - lucky you!

ETA just saw the vid. Keep doing lots of circles and serpentines with lots of transitions. You want to open up his stride more, get more trot without more speed or tension. (I know, easy to say) He has much more trot in there, so you want to keep the rhythm, increase relaxation, and ride more forward. If you haven't already started leg yields, I'd start now - LY off the outside leg performed on the rail/track, spiralling out on a circle, and LY from quarter line to track. They will help him stretch and gain more flexion in his leg joints, thus increasing the size of his stride.

Keep visualizing him with a full and telescoping neck as you work http://vichorse.com/forum/index.php?...7715&private=0, building in front of you like a pyramid http://www.usdf.org/images/photos/ab...f_training.jpg or a stack of books http://static5.depositphotos.com/103...k-of-books.jpg

Ride more back to front, don't worry so much about head/neck. Remember your training pyramid.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-24-2013, 12:03 PM
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I agree.circles are your friend.open up his stride more.very nice horse though.
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Thanks for your critiques and advice, everyone! I'm bringing him on myself so I'll definitely take what you're saying on board. The photo's actually a little bit old, he has quite a bit less muscle on him now, but the video's very recent. I just wanted to present him the best way possible, knowing he'd be criticized on his lack of topline. It's something I'm well aware of and will be working to help strengthen. Does anyone have any advice on introducing lateral work? Would you start from the ground or from the saddle? I've done some simple turns on the haunches with him, he's rusty but he gets the idea.

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very nice looking horse all around. Good angles, good bone. Good thing he flunked out on the track.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-24-2013, 09:33 PM
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Personally I would start with groundwork and then while ridden.you could do both in a lesson as well start with ground and then try in the saddle.
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