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post #1 of 13 Old 01-05-2013, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question What do you think..?

As some of you know, I've been learning to ride English lately and I love it! I have not decided on a specific discipline yet, and would like to try anything that I get the opportunity to. My question to you is what do you think my horse would be best at? Obviously, he is never going to make it to the Grand Prix or anything, lol. Here are pictures of Mr. Cranky Pants. (He was just worried he was going to have to go get his teeth floated.. again Little does he know that it was for his own good!) If you need more/better pictures, please let me know. Thanks.

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Edited to add: He's a 13 year old QH gelding, if that matters.

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post #2 of 13 Old 01-05-2013, 03:25 PM
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You know.. he isn't a bad horse at all (other than maybe being cranky.. LOL). I think he will jump OK (not Grand Prix but adequately). I doubt he will have huge scope. He is a bit camped under behind, but his hocks are nice and low and so are his knees. He has substantial enough bone though he looks like he could use some work to build his abdominal muslces (trotting up hills on a long rein and you in a two point.. 5 days a week.. plus caveletti.. work up to 8 poles in a row trotting with the poles 12 inches off the ground).

His neck is set a bit low and with those prominant withers, be sure your saddle fits right and does not hit him in there.

Have you considered low level eventing?
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Thank you for the reply! The funny thing is, he's NEVER cranky! He's usually my happy-go-lucky boy.. Maybe he was giving me dirty looks because he wanted to graze.? (He is a fat kid! - LOL!) I had my instructor help me find a saddle that fits him. I really haven't thought about what I wanted to do up until this point. I'm just barely learning English in general, and wasn't even sure what my horse might be ok doing. I definitely want to try jumping and possibly dressage, so maybe in a year or so.. I guess we'll see how it goes.

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Dressage before jumping. Keep that sequence in mind. Your horse will thank you for it as he learns to collect and extend.. and you will be thankful for it when you ask for something in a tight spot and because he is balanced he can and does deliver (the first time this happens it is magic LOL).
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Haha, see? What would I ever do without you?? (Get bucked off, face plant..lol)

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Haha, see? What would I ever do without you?? (Get bucked off, face plant..lol)
Probably not that bad.. but you might end up with a horse that rushes fences or rushes and refuses.. or a horse that hates the whole business of jumping.

No point in that. When I was young (oh my that was a LOOOONG time ago) dressage in the U.S. was not popular. It was all "jump jump jump" and da*n the flat work.

Well, watch a horse jump a course and tell me how many seconds the horse spends actually jumping and how many minutes he spends on the flat between fences and then tell me why flat work has no value

Yeah.. flat work (basic dressage) first.. LOL

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Haha it couldn't have been THAT long ago!!
That makes a lot of sense to me now. You have to get a good foundation before you do the fancy stuff. (common sense, right?) I'm just glad that I have people to help me out instead of having to go through trial and error. (THAT would not be good!!)

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You learn a LOT from trial and error.. not that I would know anything about that. Nope. Not me. No sireee Bob...

Try over 40 years ago. Like I said.. loooong..

And I have NO idea how the heck I got here so darn fast! You woulda thought I was trying to beat Secretariat or something...

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Dressage before jumping. Keep that sequence in mind. Your horse will thank you for it as he learns to collect and extend.. and you will be thankful for it when you ask for something in a tight spot and because he is balanced he can and does deliver (the first time this happens it is magic LOL).
Exactly! A horse that is capable of correctly using his body makes your round easier, faster and safer. It also means your 'dance' partner will risk less injury. :)
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You learn a LOT from trial and error.. not that I would know anything about that. Nope. Not me. No sireee Bob...

Try over 40 years ago. Like I said.. loooong..

And I have NO idea how the heck I got here so darn fast! You woulda thought I was trying to beat Secretariat or something...
That's true! Life's a dance - you learn as you go, sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow. I just don't want to play a fatal trial and error game! My horse is my whole world and I would never forgive myself if I hurt him out of my own stupidity..

40 years isn't bad! It could be 60 or 70..! Beside that, I'd much rather be old and wise than young and stupid!

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